What wonderful pictures you have shared here with us jun5! :flower:
We hear and see so little from this very glamorous imperial family. Glad to have someone like you with us here at LTR who can contribute so much wonderful pictures and information about this most elegant and understated royals.
I do not know a lot about her; did she come from a well-to-do family?
Empress Michiko comes from a wealthy family industrialist family. Her father was the president and later honorary chairman of his company. She met Emperor Akihito on a tennis court in 1957. They got engaged in 1958. Although, she came from a wealthy family, she was nonetheless a commoner. Some traditionalists did oppose the match as Michiko wasn't part of the nobility. But, after the engagement the couple proved to be popular with the people. Empress Michiko is the first commoner to ever marry in to the Japanese Imperial Family.
Empress Michiko is also a very smart woman. She was the valedictorian of her graduating class and has co-authored several poetry collections.
Interesting fact: After Michiko married Emperor Akihito (Prince, at the time), lots of new born baby girls were named after her.