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A formal-dress rental store in Fukui, Japan, with a side business making keepsake portraits of brides, was surprised at the number of men who requested a similar service — to be outfitted just like the women, in wedding gowns and other frills, like full makeup and hairstyling for portraits. The store, Marry Mariee, charges about $400 ($600 on weekends). Said the manager, "We want to provide opportunities for people to enjoy showing their real selves, whether they are men or women."

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