On 30th October, the wedding banquet for Ms Ayako Moriya (Former Princess Ayako) and Mr Kei Moriya took place in Tokyo.
HIH Crown Prince Naruhito, HIH Crown Princess Masako and the other members of Imperial Family attended the banquet.
Photo from Asahi
On 29th October, the wedding of HIH Princess Ayako of Takamado and Mr Kei Moriya was held.
On the morning, the Ceremony of calling for the Princess took place at Takamadonomiya Residence.
The wedding of HIH Princess Ayako and Mr Kei Moriya took place at Meiji Jingu Shrine in Tokyo.
Photo from Asahi, Sankei1, 2, 3 and Mainichi
On 27th October, the ritual to commemorate the 2nd anniversary of the death of late Prince Mikasa (1915-2016) took place at Toshimagaoka Imperial Cemetery in Tokyo.
HIH Princess Yuriko of Mikasa and the other members of Imperial Family attended the ritual.
Photo from Sankei
On 26th October, HIH Princess Ayako attended the ritual to report her marriage to the Imperial Ancestor Amaterasu-omikami (Sun goddess), the departed souls of the successive Emperors and Imperial Families and various Japanese gods from throughout the country took place at Imperial Palace Sanctuaries.
HIH Princess Tsuguko (L) and HIH Princess Hisako (R)
On that day, HIH Princess Ayako attended the Ceremony to bid farewell to the Emperor and the Empress took place at Imperial Palace.
The wedding of HIH Princess Ayako and Mr Kei Moriya will be held on 29th October.
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On 18th October, HIH Princess Hisako and HIH Princess Ayako of Takamado visited Ise Jingu Grand Shrine in Mie Prefecture to report the marriage of HIH Princess Ayako to the ancestral goddess of Imperial Family.
Photo from Sankei
On 2nd October, HIH Princess Hisako of Takamado attended the opening ceremony of the photo exhibition of her own collection of Netsuke (Japanese traditional miniature sculptures) took place in Tokyo with Ms Noriko Senge (the 2nd daughter) and HIH Princess Ayako (the 3rd daughter).
Photo from Kyodo
On 1st October, HIH Princess Hisako and HIH Princess Ayako of Takamado visited Daikakuji Temple in Kyoto Prefecture and attended the ritual to open the Heart Sutra written by Emperor Saga (786-842).
Photo from Sankei
On 19th September, the Ceremony of Kokki-no-Gi was held at Takamadonomiya Residence.
Kokki-no-Gi is the traditional ceremony to set the date of the wedding of HIH Princess Ayako and Mr Kei Moriya officially.
[NEWS] Princess Ayako’s wedding date officially set in traditional ceremony
Text from Mainichi
TOKYO (Kyodo) — The date of the wedding between Princess Ayako, the youngest daughter of Emperor Akihito’s late cousin, and commoner Kei Moriya was officially set for Oct. 29 in a traditional ceremony held Wednesday.
In the “Kokki no Gi” rite held at the Takamado residence in Tokyo, a relative of Moriya acting as his messenger announced the date to Princess Ayako in the presence of her mother Princess Hisako. It was one of a string of traditional rites preceding their marriage.
“I gratefully accept,” the 28-year-old princess told 76-year-old Tatsuya Kondo, a former head of the Center Hospital of the National Center for Global Health and Medicine, according to the Imperial Household Agency.
The wedding between Princess Ayako and Moriya, 32, will take place at Tokyo’s Meiji Shrine and will be attended by imperial family members including Princess Hisako, the widow of the late Prince Takamado, and Princess Tsuguko, the eldest sister of the bride.
The day after the nuptials, a banquet to be attended by Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako as well as the heads of the three branches of government will be held at Hotel New Otani in Tokyo.
According to the agency, the princess and her fiance are busy preparing for a series of ceremonies and their life at a new residence after their marriage. They currently do not plan to make a honeymoon trip.
After the marriage, Princess Ayako will leave the imperial family as the Imperial House Law stipulates women lose their royal status after marrying a commoner.
Among other ceremonies in the run-up to their marriage are “Kashikodokoro Koreiden Shinden ni Essuru no Gi,” in which Princess Ayako will pay respects at the three palace sanctuaries for the last time as a member of the imperial family, and “Choken no Gi,” in which she will express her appreciation to the emperor and the empress.
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From 1st September to 2nd September, HIH Princess Hisako and HIH Princess Ayako of Takamado visited Aomori Prefecture to see the training of the sea cadets.
HIH Princess Ayako took over the position of the Honorary President of Japan Sea Cadet Federation from HIH Princess Hisako in February.
Photo from Asahi and Sankei
On 12th August, the Ceremony of Official Engagement “Nosai-no-Gi” for HIH Princess Ayako of Takamado and Mr Kei Moriya took place at the Residence of Takamado in Tokyo.
“Nosai-no-Gi” is the traditional ceremony that the representative of the expected fiance gifts a pair of sea breams, 3 bottles of sake and 2 rolls of silk fabric to the princess.
After the Ceremony, HIH Princess Hisako and HIH Princess Ayako visited Imperial Residence to report Their Majesties the Emperor and the Empress that Nosai-no-Gi finished.
Mr Kei Moriya and Mr Osamu Moriya, the Father of Mr Kei Moriya also visited Imperial Residence to meet with Their Majesties for the first time. At the evening, Mr Kei Moriya and Mr Osamu Moriya are invited to the dinner at the Residence of Takamado.
On that day, Imperial Household Agency released some photos of HIH Princess Ayako and Mr Kei Moriya.
Photo from Asahi and Mainichi