Photographer Leslie Kee, 49, held a wedding party at the Tokyo American Club on November 22 with his American partner, Joshua Vincent Ogg.
To celebrate the marriage of the two, artists from all genres such as Maki Ohguro, Ayaka Hirahara and Tetsuya Komuro, gathered to perform and give their blessings to the newlyweds through a music festival titled “WE ARE THE LOVE JOSHUA OGG & LESLIE KEE Wedding Party & Special Live with Friends.”
The reception showcased festive performances from popular musicians such as Ayaka Hirahara, Anri, Yu Hayami, and Maki Ohguro, headed by music directors Satoshi Takebe and Tetsuya Komuro. Former sumo-star and now entertainer Konishiki played his ukulele while several VIP guests danced to Hawaiian tunes.
Leslie and Joshua – The Happy Couple
This wedding party was truly special as the couple made history in Japan. They obtained a partnership certificate in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo last September this year. “It’s been 30 years since I came to Japan and 2020 has become a year that every country will never forget. I want to convey the beauty of living and the importance of life,” Leslie said.
Japan is a country where same-sex marriage is not possible yet, but Leslie hopes Japan becomes a more diverse country in the future. “I wanted to give a message to many people in our way of life. I hope our true love can give courage to many people in Japan,” Leslie added.
The couple met three years ago with Leslie recalling it as a love at first sight. Last year, on Mother’s Day, Leslie finally made a surprise proposal in Ohio. Joshua’s family was reported to be present. “I asked them to keep it a secret,” Leslie said.
At the wedding reception, Hiraha said, “I want to express my love and dreams as freely as Leslie. He is a person who is full of love.” LiLico, who first arrived at the venue also said, “I wish you both love and kindness for a long time. I want you to be happy.”Daikoku, a long time friend of the couple who recently got a divorce, also gave his wishes. “Congratulations from the bottom of my heart. The other day, when I was listening to your story, I cried in tears and made a song. Last year, I was at my lowest but you both make me want to believe in love again.”
Despite the difficult situation due to Covid-19, the couple’s love for music and desire to reconnect ties with people has made the event possible.
We all wish them well and send our sincerest congratulations to the lovely couple. For more information on Leslie Kee and his work visit: