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Old 06-14-2012, 01:35 PM
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Honestly, I am not sure. I would have supposed that it is because of the Shinto concept of purity. (People are supposed to be rendered unclean by contact with death/dying - also by menstruation and childbirth, incidentally, which plays a role in the succession discussion.) But tradition also decrees that the emperor do not attend weddings, either. (Emperor Hirohito and Empress Nagako, the parents of the present emperor, watched his wedding only on tv. Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, however, broke with this tradition in order to attend the wedding of their daughter, former Princess Sayako.)

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Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako
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Princesses Akiko and Yoko, Prince and Princess Hitachi

Prince and Princess Hitachi

Princesses Akiko and Yoko, Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako and Princess Mako (left)
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Princess Mako, Crown Princess Masako and Crown Prince Naruhito (from left)

Princess Akiko

Princesses Akiko and Yoko, weeping
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Old 06-14-2012, 02:18 PM
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Shintoism is not a religion in a strict sense but is more like a nature and ancestror worship very similar to the Greek and Roman mythologies that there is no code or doctrine to follow. So, accoding to the Vatican, the Catholics are allowed to go to places such as the Yasukuni Jinja. ... Shintoism is a pantheic tradition that it may not matter if a person has a specific religious affinity. ...

I read about Alix of Hesse: it sounded very difficult for her to convert into Russian Orthodox faith from German Lutheran religion. Had she married into the Japanese Imperial Family, she might have been welcomed into the shintoism without conversion because in the world of shintoism, there is no conversion takes place. LOL
I understand. But it always seemed to me that, in the Meji era, Shinto had somewhat acquired the tendency of (particularly monotheistic) religions to "compete" with each other. As you said in the "Shinto"-thread, the strict observation of Shintoism was forced upon the Imperial House. They cannot openly practice their Buddhist ceremonies within the imperial rituals, according to you, which means that they have difficulties organizing houe for their ancestors. I would have thought that this would have also meant that they are not allowed to have any faith other than Shinto (even if I understand that Shinto is originally not a faith like Christianity or Buddhism).

In the article I have posted above it is said that due "partly to the late prince's wish, his eldest daughter Princess Akiko served as the chief mourner at the funeral." This seems to imply that, normally, someone else (probably Princess Tomohito) would have been the chief mourner. Is that so? Did Prince Tomohito especially request his daughter to play that role because he and his wife were practically leading separate lives?
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Old 06-14-2012, 05:30 PM
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Thanks for the photos!
It was nice to see the Imperial family.
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Old 06-17-2012, 01:30 PM
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The first two rows at the funeral: Princess Mako, Princess Masako, Prince Naruhito, Princesses Yoko and Akiko (bowing), second row: Princess Takamado with her three daughters

Prince and Princess Mikasa, Prince and Princess Hitachi at the funeral

Princess Mako at the funeral
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The crown prince and princess with Princess Mako at the funeral

Prince Mikasa hospitalized for fatigue
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Prince Mikasa, uncle of Emperor Akihito, has been hospitalized since Friday due to fatigue, sources close to the Imperial Household Agency said Saturday. The 96-year-old prince has been hospitalized at St. Luke's International Hospital in Tokyo because of exhaustion since the funeral service for his son Prince Tomohito of Mikasa [...] Prince Mikasa will stay in hospital for about a week to rest, according to the sources.
June 17, 2012(Mainichi Japan)
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Old 06-17-2012, 01:57 PM
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It appears that Princess Mako attended the funeral with her uncle and aunt. I wonder why her parents did not attend.
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Old 06-17-2012, 02:02 PM
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Because they were visiting Uganda, see this thread.
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Old 06-17-2012, 02:04 PM
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Thanks for information!
I have already checked the thread.
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Old 06-23-2012, 01:41 PM
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You are welcome!

Mr and Mrs Kuroda at the funeral

Mrs Kuroda at the funeral

Prince and Princess Mikasa at the funeral
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Old 06-26-2012, 06:46 AM
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I understand. But it always seemed to me that, in the Meji era, Shinto had somewhat acquired the tendency of (particularly monotheistic) religions to "compete" with each other. As you said in the "Shinto"-thread, the strict observation of Shintoism was forced upon the Imperial House. They cannot openly practice their Buddhist ceremonies within the imperial rituals, according to you, which means that they have difficulties organizing houe for their ancestors. I would have thought that this would have also meant that they are not allowed to have any faith other than Shinto (even if I understand that Shinto is originally not a faith like Christianity or Buddhism).

In the article I have posted above it is said that due "partly to the late prince's wish, his eldest daughter Princess Akiko served as the chief mourner at the funeral." This seems to imply that, normally, someone else (probably Princess Tomohito) would have been the chief mourner. Is that so? Did Prince Tomohito especially request his daughter to play that role because he and his wife were practically leading separate lives?
I think that it was because the princess has been unwell for such a long time that their daughter did the moshu or chief mouner.

Some time ago, Prince Akishino visited the Sennyuji but as you say Imperial family's religious practice is separated from their official duties that it is very unclear how much freedom they have in order to practice their shintoism or Buddhism.
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Old 06-26-2012, 09:58 AM
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I think that it was because the princess has been unwell for such a long time that their daughter did the moshu or chief mouner.
But is she unwell to such a degree as to make her unable to fulfill official duties? In the debate on the status of the princesses it is often said that presently, 12 imperial family members are adults under the age of 60 and half of these are unmarried princesses between the ages of 20 and 30, in order to show what a difference it would make if the young princesses should marry out. Princess Nobuko is one of the other six members who are supposed to help with official duties. If she is effectively unable to perform them because of health reasons, it looks even worse. As the crown princess cannot take up so many engagements either, that leaves basically the crown prince, the Akishinos and Princess Takamado to do all the work if the young princesses should leave... I really hope that they will go ahead with changing the Imperial Household Law, although, unfortunately, it does not look like it at present.

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Some time ago, Prince Akishino visited the Sennyuji but as you say Imperial family's religious practice is separated from their official duties that it is very unclear how much freedom they have in order to practice their shintoism or Buddhism.
Thank you, that is really interesting. European royals have their secrets, too (for example, I strongly doubt that anybody would be surprised to be informed of another illegitimate child of Albert of Monaco ), but their faith and religious practice are usually uncontroversial and widely known.
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Old 06-27-2012, 01:45 PM
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But is she unwell to such a degree as to make her unable to fulfill official duties? In the debate on the status of the princesses it is often said that presently, 12 imperial family members are adults under the age of 60 and half of these are unmarried princesses between the ages of 20 and 30, in order to show what a difference it would make if the young princesses should marry out. Princess Nobuko is one of the other six members who are supposed to help with official duties. If she is effectively unable to perform them because of health reasons, it looks even worse. As the crown princess cannot take up so many engagements either, that leaves basically the crown prince, the Akishinos and Princess Takamado to do all the work if the young princesses should leave... I really hope that they will go ahead with changing the Imperial Household Law, although, unfortunately, it does not look like it at present.


Thank you, that is really interesting. European royals have their secrets, too (for example, I strongly doubt that anybody would be surprised to be informed of another illegitimate child of Albert of Monaco ), but their faith and religious practice are usually uncontroversial and widely known.
Nobuko is not well that she seems to be in & out of hospital herself but there was also a rumour that Tomohito and Nobuko were not getting on well.

As you point out, there are not that many people around to carry out royal duties among the clan that it is advisable, as you say, to create josei miyake.
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Old 07-09-2012, 02:23 PM
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Thank you for the information!
Letīs see if the princesses will at last be allowed to create their own family branches - and how long it will take... Imo, it is possible that maybe the older princesses are putting off marriage in order to wait for the decision.

Hereīs bad but not altogether unexpected news about Emperor Akihitoīs uncle, Prince Mikasa:

Japan’s Prince Mikasa moved to intensive care after heart failure
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Prince Mikasa, uncle to Japan’s Emperor Akihito, suffered from serious congestive heart failure at a Tokyo hospital on Saturday, and was then moved to intensive care. The Imperial Household Agency says that he is admitted to St. Luke’s International Hospital, where he remains conscious but mainly unresponsive. [...]

Doctors have said that the prince suffers from mitral valve insufficiency, a condition where his heart’s valves do not properly close when pumping blood, and thus causes a backward flow. As he has aged, they say his heart functions have been deteriorating. On Saturday night, Prince Mikasa had drops in blood pressure, requiring medication, and needed treatment to remove the fluid from his chest.
Prince Mikasa experiences serious heart trouble
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Prince Mikasa, uncle of Emperor Akihito, experienced congestive heart failure Saturday at a hospital in Tokyo and was moved to the intensive care unit [...] He has been at the hospital for recuperation from fatigue since June 15, the day after the funeral service for his son Prince Tomohito of Mikasa, who died June 6 at age 66.

Prince Mikasa had initially been expected to be hospitalized for about a week. He remained in the hospital due to a mild fever and other symptoms of a common cold and had been recovering and underwent rehabilitation such as taking a walk, according to agency officials.
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Today, July 18, Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko and Crown Prince Naruhito offered prayers at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo where Akihito's great-grandfather Emperor Mutsuhito's spirit is dedicated. The visit marked the centennial of Mutsuhito's death on July 30, 1912.



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Death of Marquis Takamasa Ikeda, brother-in-law of Emperor Akihito

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Marquis Takamasa Ikeda died on 21 July 2012.

He was born on 21 October 1927.
Eleven days before his 25th birthday he married Princess Yori (Yori no-myia Atsuko Shinno, b.1931), a sister of Akihito, present Emperor of Japan.
The couple didn't have any children.

Sources: www.nettyroyal.nl Genealogical News 2012
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Imperial family members attended a Shinto ceremony to commemorate the 100th day after the death of Prince Tomohito of Mikasa.
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Princess Akiko of Mikasa, the eldest daughter of the late Prince Tomohito

Princesses Akiko and Yoko of Mikasa, the daughters of the late Prince Tomohito

Princess Mikasa, the mother of the late Prince Tomohito
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Thanks for the update!
It is sad that older generations are leaving us, but it is inevitable. It was nice to see Crown Princely couple attending the commemoration event.
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On September 23, the crown prince and princess hosted a banquet in honour of the empress, on occasion of her Kiju celebration/77th birthday. (The empress turned 77 in October of last year but this special dinner was put off because, at the time, it would still have appeared inappropriate to celebrate, because of the March 11 disaster.) According to Japanese tradition, there are several celebrations of longevity, one upon entering each new decade of life but also at certain ages from which auspicious (or amusing) meanings can be derived from how the ages are written in Kanji characters. The 77th year (kiju) is being celebrated because the character ki (good fortune) can be broken down to components that mean 77. That is why this age is seen as related to good fortune. (Source)

Around 40 guests attended, among them Prince and Princess Akishino with Prince Hisahito and Mr and Mrs Kuroda. Also Princess Aiko was present. (Source in Japanese, Google translation)
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Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko and Princess Yoko of Mikasa visited the grave of Prince Tomohito, who passed away on June 6, at the Toshimagaoka Cemetery in Tokyo on October 2, 2012.



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The royal couple of Malaysia, Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah and the Raja Permaisuri Agong, Tuanku Hajah Haminah, were greeted on arrival by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko as well as Crown Prince Naruhito and Prince and Princess Akishino.
The royal couple arrived in Tokyo on Monday for a five-day state visit to Japan. Article
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Members of the imperial family on their way, presumably to celebrate the 78th birthday of the empress (including Masako, Aiko, Hisahito)

Prince and Princess Akishino and Crown Princess Masako
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