were branches of the Japanese Imperial Family created from branches of the Fushimi-no-miya house. All but one of the ōke
were formed by the descendants of Prince Fushimi Kuniye (1802–1872). The ōke
were stripped of their membership in the Imperial Family by the American Occupation Authorities in October 1947. (Wikipedia
Princess Tomiko Kitashirakawa
(1862–1936), wife of the second head of the Kitashirakawa-no-miya collateral imperial branch
The princess did not have any children but her husband had five sons from various concubines.
of the 4th head of the Kitashirakawa-no-miya collateral branch, Prince Nagahisa Kitashirakawa (1910–1940) to Sachiko Tokugawa, the daughter of Baron Yoshikuni Tokugawa. The couple had a son and a daughter.
In 1969, Princess Kitashirakawa entered the service of the Imperial Household Agency. She served for many years as the chief of the ladies-in-waiting to Empress Nagako, Emperor Akihito´s mother.
Princess Fusako (1890–1974) (left) and Princess Masako (1888–1940) (right)
Princess Masako was the sixth daughter of Emperor Meiji of Japan and one of his consorts, Lady Sachiko. She held the childhood appellation "Tsune no miya" (Princess Tsune). Emperor Meiji authorized her future husband, Prince Tsunehisa, to start a new princely house, the house of Takeda, in March 1906, largely to provide a household with suitable status for Princess Masako. Prince and Princess Takeda had a son and a daughter.
Princess Fusako was the seventh daughter of Emperor Meiji, and Lady Sachiko. She held the childhood appellation "Kane no miya" (Princess Kane). On April 29, 1909, Princess Kane married Prince Naruhisa Kitashirakawa (1887–1923), the third head of the house of Kitashirakawa-no-miya. Prince Naruhisa Kitashirakawa was the brother of the above-mentioned Prince Tsunehisa, the husband of Princess Masako. Prince and Princess Kitashirakawa had one son, Prince Nagahisa Kitashirakawa (1910–1940), and three daughters.