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Old 07-04-2018, 02:50 AM
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The 4 engagement press conferences of the Heisei era. Princess Noriko and Kunimaro Senge didn't have flowers. They and Ayako and Kei had notes. Sayako, Mako, and their fiancés didn't.

https://twitter.com/ami_j3/status/1014023876748050432


Sherri Bell, President of Camosun College, Geoff Wilmshurst, Vice President of Camosun, and Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden congratulates Princess Ayako:

https://twitter.com/SDBellCamosun/st...33352981762048
https://twitter.com/GeoffWilmshurst/...83287515398144
https://twitter.com/NikkaYuko/status...91619162537984
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Perhaps Sayako and Mako as senior royals were more proficient public speakers.

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"Our conversation was very lively and did not feel like it was the first time we had met," Ayako said. "We forgot the passage of time as we really enjoyed ourselves."

She said Moriya proposed at a Tokyo restaurant earlier this year. Although she did not accept immediately, Ayako began to feel that he was the right man and finally said yes in April.

Moriya [...] said their psychological distance had also narrowed due to the fact that both had lost a parent. Ayako's father died in 2002.

Because of that background, Ayako said, "We hold the common understanding that what we have today may not necessarily be with us tomorrow."


[...]
That's quite a personal and touching comment. They also seem to be assuring the public that despite the whirlwind courtship, they already know each other quite well, in large part due to the many friends they and their families have in common and their shared life experiences, including the early loss of a parent and attending school abroad.

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I thought this couple was an interesting contrast to Princess Mako and Kei Komura; the advantage of being a bit older and having some additional life experience.
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It's indeed quite a contrast with Mako and Kei last year. They were clearly over the moon about each other. These two seem to enjoy a friendship that apparently is a good enough basis to get married as it's considered a good match for both parties.

Another contrast(?): I don't remember the IHA Grand Steward referring to Kei Komuro as "brilliant" and "suitable for" the princess. (Correct me if he did.)

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The Imperial Household Agency's Grand Steward Shinichiro Yamamoto said Princess Ayako has "sincerely engaged" in a number of official duties and fully supported Princess Hisako.

"Mr. Moriya is a brilliant person suitable for Princess Ayako and we are delighted with their impending engagement," he said.
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles...0m/0dm/079000c


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Moriya is in charge of the company's transactions for wooden chip transport contracts. One of his colleagues described him at work as an "intelligent and competent" person who has gained deep trust from business clients. He added Moriya becomes cheerful when he drinks alcohol.
His friend's statement was most certainly not pre-screened by the IHA.
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Old 07-05-2018, 06:42 PM
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Another contrast(?): I don't remember the IHA Grand Steward referring to Kei Komuro as "brilliant" and "suitable for" the princess. (Correct me if he did.)

I had noticed this as well. It's clear that the IHA is pointing out in a subtle way that this engagement at least is not likely to end up the way Mako and Kei Komura's seems to be going.

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles...0m/0dm/079000c




His friend's statement was most certainly not pre-screened by the IHA.
Considering how important drinking together is to the Japanese business culture, this could be construed as a positive statement: he's a cheerful drinker as opposed to a mean or morose drinker. Good to know!
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Old 07-05-2018, 07:41 PM
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Interesting detail that the princess didn't accept immediately (although that might also be part of Japanese culture). Hopefully she doesn't feel pressured or rushed in making this life-time decision.
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Old 07-10-2018, 07:01 PM
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I think we can be sure that no one is forcing her to get married. Her eldest sister seems to be proof of this. Tsuguko is 32, unmarried and apparently single, so seems to me the princesses decide when they wish to get married.
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I don't think she is forced to marry (although I do think that Mako was forced not to marry (yet)) but pressure can be subtle but very effective. So yes, if she truly didn't want to, she could say no but the expectation was surely that she would accept and she needed a good reason not to. So far, they seem friends, so that's at least a good start.
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Leaving the Imperial family is a huge decision. Ayako had every reason to carefully consider the proposal regardless of their quick connection. I'm glad Kei was willing to wait for an answer. Some people may be offended his/her partner didn't say "yes" immediately. Clearly he developed stronger feelings faster than she did.
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Tatsuya Kondo (76) will be Kei Moriya's messenger for the Nosai-no-Gi ceremony. He will deliver the traditional gifts to the Takamado residence at 10am on August 12th. Mr. Kondo is a neurosurgeon and a member of the Cabinet Office. After the ceremony, Princesses Ayako and Hisako will visit Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. Kei and his father will meet Their Majesties in the afternoon.

Sources: news.tv-asahi.co.jp, news24.jp
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On August 12th, the Nosai-no-Gi ceremony was held at the Takamado residence. Afterward, Princesses Ayako and Hisako reported the engagement to Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. They returned to Akasaka Estate and visited the other Imperial residences for greetings. Kei and his father will meet Their Majesties this afternoon and have dinner at the Takamado residence. [Sankei]

The IHA also released photos taken on July 20th before dinner with the Hungarian ambassador and on August 5th at Meiji Jingu Gardens.

Asahi gallery

Like the Senge family in 2014, the Moriya family substituted money for the pair of sea breams.

ETA: Ceremony held for Princess Ayako's engagement - News - NHK WORLD - English
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[...] Moriya's relative, Tatsuya Kondo, served as a messenger at a traditional rite, called "Nosai-no-Gi."
He visited Princess Ayako's residence in the morning and handed her a list of gifts. The items included sacred sake and silk fabric for the dress the Princess will wear at her wedding reception.

[...]

After the ceremony, Princess Ayako and Moriya released a statement through the Imperial Household Agency.

The Princess said she was happy that the ceremony was completed. Moriya said he will live every day being grateful for their relationship. [...]

Princess Ayako engaged to commoner in traditional ceremony - The Mainichi

Princess Ayako engaged in traditional rite at her residence: The Asahi Shimbun

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https://twitter.com/FNN_News/status/1028513506134355969
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The engagements photos look very nice. Congratulations!
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The photos of Ayako and Mr. Moriya are lovely. The seem to be a nice, happy couple and the Meiji Jingu Gardens look like a beautiful location.
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Thanks for the update!
Hopefully we shall see a wonderful photos of the upcoming wedding, and Mr and Mrs Senge will attend.
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ETA: Ceremony held for Princess Ayako's engagement - News - NHK WORLD - English

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[...] After the ceremony, Princess Ayako and Moriya released a statement through the Imperial Household Agency.

The Princess said she was happy that the ceremony was completed. Moriya said he will live every day being grateful for their relationship. [...]
His comment is very sweet!


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Tatsuya Kondo (76) will be Kei Moriya's messenger for the Nosai-no-Gi ceremony. He will deliver the traditional gifts to the Takamado residence at 10am on August 12th. Mr. Kondo is a neurosurgeon and a member of the Cabinet Office. After the ceremony, Princesses Ayako and Hisako will visit Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. Kei and his father will meet Their Majesties in the afternoon.

Sources: news.tv-asahi.co.jp, news24.jp
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Moriya's relative, Tatsuya Kondo, served as a messenger at a traditional rite, called "Nosai-no-Gi."
How closely is Tatsuya Kondo related to Kei Moriya? Having a relative who is a neurosurgeon and works for the Cabinet Office, a mother who was an executive director at a global nonprofit, a father who was a bureaucrat at a cabinet ministry … I see why Mr. Moriya gained the advantage of being called "suitable" by the IHA (differently from another royal fiancé).


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Princess Ayako of Takamado to Marry at Meiji Shrine in October | JAPAN Forward

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Princess Ayako is now the honorary president of two organizations, positions handed over from her mother, Princess Hisako. She also attends functions of groups relating to social welfare for the disabled, one of her areas of interest.

Princess Ayako must now decide whether to continue the honorary positions after her marriage, a process that will happen “through consultations with the organizations,” according to the Imperial Household Agency.
It's noteworthy that the organizations want Ms. Ayako Moriya to continue as their president. It seems inconsistent with losing her imperial status, but it would certainly smooth the move to private life for her.
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So far, the closest I found is this Yomiuri report calling Tatsuya Kondo a paternal relative.

I'm glad Ayako isn't expected to give up her patronages, especially since she was just appointed to them this year. Besides the Senges, I'm looking forward to seeing Princess Yuriko and the Kurodas. Hoping for good footage!

The Nosai-no-Gi ceremony is quick, 2 minutes according to Jiji.

I wonder if we'll ever see sea breams or formal clothes again. Money is understandably more convenient than bringing the fish. Masako and Kiko wore kimonos whereas Sayako wore court dress. Although Hisako wore a knee-length pink dress at her Nosai-no-Gi ceremony.

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Jiji: Ayako's giggle at 2:12. Hehehe.

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Some details from NHK

September 19: Kokki-no-Gi (Ceremony of Announcing the Date)
October 26: Choken-no-Gi (Ceremony of Audience) and probably worship at the Three Palace Sanctuaries
October 30: dinner party at a hotel in Tokyo with Imperial family and members of the government

I expect Princesses Ayako and Hisako to visit Ise Shrine before September 19
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Princess Ayako's wedding date officially set in traditional ceremony - Kyodo News
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The date of the wedding [...] 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. [...]

"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 [...]

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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.

[...] 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.

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Princess Ayako wore a dragonfly patterned dress worn by Princess Hisako at her informal engagement press conference in 1984. Dragonflies are said to be auspicious.

Photos: Asahi, Sankei
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DnbhuY5U4AA6Oj1.jpg

A black and white photo of Prince Norihito and Hisako Tottori's press conference on August 1, 1984.
https://www.asahicom.jp/articles/ima...04741_comm.jpg

https://twitter.com/nhk_news/status/1042254775700652032

Hmm... when's the Ise Shrine visit?

ETA: Japan tweets show Princess Hisako at her 1984 press conference and she also wore the orange dragonfly dress at Princess Noriko's Kokki no Gi in 2014.
https://twitter.com/bluemoonstone17/...59103777579009
https://twitter.com/bluemoonstone17/...63094594945025
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The fact that the wedding of the imperial family member who is lowest in the order of precedence is to be attended by the heads of the three branches of the government seems to prove the high regard for the monarchy in Japan.

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Princess Ayako wore a dragonfly patterned dress worn by Princess Hisako at her informal engagement press conference in 1984. Dragonflies are said to be auspicious.

Photos: Asahi, Sankei
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DnbhuY5U4AA6Oj1.jpg

A black and white photo of Prince Norihito and Hisako Tottori's press conference on August 1, 1984.
https://www.asahicom.jp/articles/ima...04741_comm.jpg

https://twitter.com/nhk_news/status/1042254775700652032

Hmm... when's the Ise Shrine visit?

ETA: Japan tweets show Princess Hisako at her 1984 press conference and she also wore the orange dragonfly dress at Princess Noriko's Kokki no Gi in 2014.
https://twitter.com/bluemoonstone17/...59103777579009
https://twitter.com/bluemoonstone17/...63094594945025
That is a lovely family tradition.

Any news in regard to whether Ayako has decided to keep or relinquish her patronages after the wedding?
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thank you for all the informationa dn updates Prisma.
that is a nice touch with the orange dragonfly dress
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Any news in regard to whether Ayako has decided to keep or relinquish her patronages after the wedding?
I haven't seen anything yet. I hope Ayako can keep them but Princess Hisako also attended the Canada-Japan Society meeting and Aomori sea cadet training session... which makes me suspect she taking those patronages back?

FNN and Kyodo News videos. Music instead of commentary like ANN.

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The Imperial Household Economy Council will meet October 11 to determine the lump sum payment for Princess Ayako's marriage.

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