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
On 9th September, HIH Princess Hisako of Takamado attended the opening ceremony of Sailing’s World Cup Series Enoshima took place in Kanagawa Prefecture.
HIH Princess Hisako is the Honorary President of Japan Sailing Federation.
Photo from SAILING’S WORLD CUP Series Enoshima
From 7th September to 8th September, HIH Princess Hisako of Takamado visited Yamagata Prefecture to attend the opening ceremony of the 73rd All Japan Championships of Baseball played with a hard rubber ball.
HIH Princess Hisako is the Honorary President of Japan Rubber Baseball Association.
Photo from Yamagata News Online
On 7th September, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito departed for French Republich. The members of Imperial Family gave him a send-off at Crown Prince Residence.
Photo from Asahi
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
On 27th July, HIH Princess Hisako of Takamado the 35th Sankei International Calligraphy Exhibition took place in Tokyo.
On 31st July, HIH Princess Hisako of Takamado attended the commendation ceremony of the 35th Sankei International Calligraphy Exhibition took place in Tokyo.
Photo from Sankei
On 28th July, HIH Princess Hisako of Takamado visited Fukushima Prefecture to attend the reopening ceremony of the national training center of Football. HIH Princess Hisako is the Honorary President of Japan Football Association.
Photo from Sankei
From 24th July to 25th July, HIH Princess Hisako of Takamado visited Fukui Prefecture to attend the ceremony to commemorate the 130th anniversary of the establishment of Fukui Prefecture Branch of Japanese Red Cross Society.
HIH Princess Hisako is the Vice Honorary President of Japanese Red Cross Society.
Photo from Fukui Shimbun and Sankei
On 11th July, HIH Princess Hisako of Takamado attended the 32nd Award Ceremony of Advanced Technical Grand Award of Originality took place in Tokyo.
Photo from Sankei