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
On 2nd December, HIH Prince Takahito of Mikasa turned 99 years old.
On the occasion of the birthday, Imperial Household Agency released some private photos of HIH Prince Takahito.
with 3 grand children; HIH Princess Tsuguko of Takamado, Mrs Noriko Senge (former Princess Noriko of Takamado), HIH Princess Ayako of Takamado in Karuizawa Town, Nagano Prefecture
with HIH Princess Yuriko of Mikasa and HIH Princess Hisako of Takamado at Mikasanomiya Residence
Photo from Asahi
On 8th October, the wedding banquet for Mr Kunimaro Senge and Ms Noriko Senge was took place at Hotel New Otani in Tokyo.
The members of Imperial Family attended the banquet.
HIH Crown Prince Naruhito made a toast
Ms Noriko Senge and HIH Crown Princess Masako
On 6th October, the private wedding reception for Mr Kunimaro Senge and Ms Noriko Senge was took place at Hotel Ichihata in Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture. About 280 guests including family and friends attended the reception.
At the reception, Bonbonniere was given to each guest
The Banquet will be took place at Hotel New Otani in Tokyo on 8th October. Other members of Imperial Family except Their Majesties and the Heads of the three branches of the government will attend the reception.
On 5th October, the wedding of HIH Princess Noriko of Takamado and Mr Kunimaro Senge, the priest of Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine was took place at Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine in Izumo City, Shimane Prefecture.
HIH Princess Hisako, HIH Princess Tsuguko and HIH Princess Ayako attended the ceremony.
Pursuant to Imperial Household Law, Princess Noriko gave up her title of Princess due to the wedding to a commoner and became Ms Noriko Senge. The reception will be took place on 6th October at the Hotel Ichihata in Matsue City.
After the wedding, Mr and Ms Senge did media inerview
Mr and Ms Senge received blessing of children of Taisha Kindergarten
On 4th October, HIH Princess Noriko of Takamado left home and arrived at Izumo Airport with HIH Princess Hisako.
The wedding of HIH Princess Noriko and Mr Kunihiro Senge will be held on 5th October at Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine.
HIH Princess Noriko rode Toyota Century Royal, the special car for Emperor and Empress on the way from Takamadonomiya Residence to Tokyo International Airport.
Their Majesties sent the car for the departure of HIH Princess Noriko.
On 2nd October, HIH Princess Noriko of Takamado attended the ceremony bidding farewell to ancestor gods of Imperial Family held at the three shrines inside Imperial Palace prior to her marriage on 5th October.
HIH Princess Noriko wore traditional ceremonial robe with traditional hair style.
After the ceremony, HIH Princess Noriko attended the ceremony bidding farewell to Emperor and Empress at Imperial Palace.
On 9th Septmeber, the Ceremony called “Kokki-no-Gi” where the messenger of the Senge family officially informed of the wedding date of HIH Princess Noriko and Mr Kunihiro Senge to HIH Princess Noriko was held at Takamadonomiya Residence. At the ceremony, HIH Princess Noriko accepted the proposed date.
The wedding of HIH Princess Noriko and Mr Kunihiro Senge will be held on 5th October at Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine in Izumo City, Shimane Prefecture.
On 3rd September, HIH Princess Hisako and HIH Princess Noriko of Takamado visited Ise Jingu Grand Shrine in Ise City, Mie Prefecture.
They reported the engagement of HIH Princess Noriko to Amaterasu Omikami, the ancestor god of the Imperial Family. The mariaage of HIH Princess Noriko and Mr Kunihiro Senge will be held on 5th October.
On 13th July, HIM Empress Michiko hold the Folk Music Concert celebrating the 80th birthday of HIM Emperor Akihito at Concert Hall inside Imperial Palace. HIH Crown Prince Naruhito, HIH Crown Princess Masako, HIH Princess Aiko, HIH Prince Fumihito, HIH Princess Kiko, HIH Princess Mako, HIH Princess Kako, HIH Prince Hisahito, HIH Princess Hisako, HIH Princess Tsuguko, HIH Princess Noriko and HIH Princess Ayako also attended the concert.