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Princess Ayako’s wedding date officially set

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.

Photo from Asahi

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Aomori Visit of Takamado Princesses

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

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Ceremony of Engagement

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

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Engagement of Princess Ayako

On 2nd July, Imperial Household Agency announced the engagement of HIH Princess Ayako of Takamado and Mr Kei Moriya.
HIH Princess Hisako and HIH Princess Ayako of Takamado visited Imperial Residence to greet HM Empress Michiko.

HIH Princess Ayako and Mr Moriya attended the Press Conference took place at Imperial Household Agency.

Princess Ayako, Moriya express delight at their engagement

Text from KYODO

TOKYO – Princess Ayako, the youngest daughter of Emperor Akihito’s late cousin Prince Takamado, and Kei Moriya expressed delight at their upcoming engagement as they made their first public appearance together on Monday.
“I am happy,” Princess Ayako, 27, said during a televised news conference in Tokyo following an official announcement of their engagement earlier in the day, as she expressed hope to create a “happy family.”
The princess said she was attracted to Moriya for being a “kind, intelligent and decisive” man. Moriya, a 32-year-old employee at shipping firm Nippon Yusen K.K., described Princess Ayako as a “bright and positive person” who is friendly to anyone she interacts with.
The couple is expected to formally get engaged in a traditional court ceremony on Aug. 12 before their wedding Oct. 29 at Tokyo’s Meiji Shrine.

The two first met last December when they were introduced by the princess’ mother, Princess Hisako, the widow of Prince Takamado. She was hoping to interest her daughter in international welfare activities through meeting Moriya, who is a board member of a nonprofit organization supporting children in developing countries.
Princess Ayako recalled how she enjoyed talking with Moriya when they first met, and that it did not feel like it was their first meeting. She said Moriya proposed to her after dining at a restaurant this year.
“I want to build a happy family full of smiles,” the princess said, while Moriya is seeking to build a relationship in which the two can continue to respect each other.
Princess Hisako has known Moriya’s father for 40 years since both were university students in Britain. Moriya’s deceased mother was a senior director of the organization Kokkyo naki Kodomotachi (Children without Borders), and Princess Hisako attended many of its events.
Princess Ayako graduated from Josai International University in Chiba Prefecture and earned a master’s degree there in 2016. She is currently working as a research fellow at the university’s Faculty of Social Work Studies.
Moriya has an international background, having gone to kindergarten in Paris, and attended schools in Switzerland and Britain before graduating from Keio University. His hobbies include marathon and iron man races.

Last year, the agency announced the planned engagement between Princess Mako, the eldest granddaughter of Emperor Akihito, and Kei Komuro, a commoner. But in February, their wedding was postponed until 2020, due to “lack of preparation.”
Under the Imperial House Law, female members of the imperial family lose their royal family status when they marry a commoner.
After Princess Ayako and Princess Mako marry, the number of imperial family members will drop to 17 and that of female members to 12.
The government has also issued a statement of congratulations on the engagement but Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga noted the challenges associated with the shrinking number of imperial family members.
“There are various views (on how to address the issue) and we need to consider them fully in order to gain national consensus,” he said at a press conference Monday.
When the emperor’s abdication law was enacted in June last year, a resolution was added to it calling on the government to start deliberating succession issues, including an option to allow a princess to establish a branch of the imperial family after marrying a commoner.

Photo from Yomiuri, Asahi1, 2, FNN and Sankei

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Princess Ayako will get engaged

On 26th June, Imperial Household Agency announced that HIH Princess Ayako of Takamado will get engaged.
HIH Princess Ayako is expected to attend the Press Conference on 2nd July with her fiance.

[NEWS] Princess Hisako’s daughter Ayako to get engaged to businessman

Text from The Japan Times

Princess Ayako, the youngest daughter of Princess Hisako and the late Prince Takamado, Emperor Akihito’s cousin, will get engaged to a businessman, the Imperial Household Agency said Tuesday.
The future husband of the 27-year-old princess is Kei Moriya, 32, an employee of major shipping firm NYK Line, the agency announced.
Princess Ayako graduated from Josai International University in Chiba Prefecture and earned her master’s degree there in 2016. She is working as a research fellow at the university’s Faculty of Social Work Studies.
In 2014 her sister Princess Noriko married Kunimaro Senge, the eldest son of the chief priest of Izumo Taisha, a Shinto shrine in Shimane Prefecture.
Last year, the agency announced the planned engagement of Princess Mako, the eldest granddaughter of Emperor Akihito, and Kei Komuro, but said in February that their wedding had been postponed until 2020 due to “lack of preparation.”
Under the Imperial House Law, female members of the Imperial family lose their royal family status when they marry a commoner.
When Princess Ayako and Princess Mako marry, the size of the Imperial family will drop to 17 and the number of female members to 12.

Takamado Family in 1994; Late Prince Norihito, HIH Princess Ayako, HIH Princess Hisako, Ms Noriko Senge (Former Princess Noriko), HIH Princess Tsuguko

Takamado Family in 2018; HIH Princess Hisako, HIH Princess Tsuguko, HIH Princess Ayako

Photo from Sankei

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Pacific Islands Leaders

On 17th May, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko held the tea party for the Pacific Islands Leaders who attend the 8th PALM (Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting) at Imperial Palace.
HIH Crown Prince Naruhito and the other members of Imperial Family also attended the tea party.

Photo from Sankei


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Spring Imperial Garden Party

On 25th April, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko held Spring Imperial Garden Party at Akasaka Imperial Garden and about 2,500 people were invited.

The other members of Imperial Family also attended the party.

Photo from Mainichi, AFP and Asahi


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Graduates of Music Universities

On 20th March, HM Empress Michiko, HIH Crown Princess Masako, HIH Prince Fumihito and Princess Kiko of Akishino, HIH Princess Akiko of Mikasa, HIH Princess Hisako and HIH Princess Ayako of Takamado attended the Concert performed by the graduates of music universities took place at the Music Hall inside Imperial Palace.

Photo from NTV and Jiji


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Photo Exhibition of Netsuke

On 22nd February, HIH Princess Hisako and HIH Princess Ayako of Takamado attended the opening ceremony of the photo exhibition of Netsuke taken by HIH Princess Hisako took place in Kanagawa Prefecture.

Photo from TOWNNEWS


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Kanto Tokai Flower Exhibition

On 2nd February, HIH Princess Nobuko of Mikasa and HIH Princess Ayako of Takamado visited the 67th Kanto Tokai Flower Exhibition took place in Tokyo.

On that day, HIH Prince Fumihito of Akishino also visited the exhibition.

Photo from Sankei


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