Re-creating the life of a 17th-century concubine | The Japan Times
Here is something to kind of briefly reference to establish the cultural significance of concubines at a glance.
Originally Posted by BMC
What I would like to know is, is there any support from the Japanese people for their Crown Prince to have concubines until he fathers a son? Or for him to divorce Princess Masako so that he could remarry?
Personally I don't think the Crown Prince would do either, he seems very devoted to his wife and she to him. But with the IHA breathing down Crown Prince Naruhito's neck night and day for him to get a boy, (despite the birth of Prince Akishino & Princess Kiko's baby son) he might be forced into doing something this drastic..
I don't know, but, he's got a wife and is heir apparent, if she wanted a concubine for him, she would be consort in the event he ascends throne, then what business is that of the public? A concubine wouldn't be Royalty and a concubine isn't a consort. Kind of like a consort would make tea a concubine could help pour it a consort could serve it a concubine could help clean it up, a concubine could live with them and help spin silk or help collect silk a consort could raise silk worms a concubine could help. That is not saying that is what they do, but it is a simple way to understand that a concubine doesn't have to be Levitical about it. As far as I understand it and that isn't saying much because I am just researching what I can right now.
Their in laws had a son who can hold title.
Princess Masako is a diplomat's daughter and the wife of a Prince. She was educated some in New York City, went to a Catholic school in 1970's Tokyo, the school was established by the Congregation of the Holy Infant Jesus in 1872 her Grandmother went to also and her Grandparents helped raise her, later she lived in Boston during senior high school and her father was a guest professor at Harvard, she later graduated high school as president of the national honor society, went to Harvard during trade tension with the United States on scholarship, living with host families, then went to France to attend Goethe Institut then graduating magna cum laude in economics.
So really, doesn't sound like a concubine has a place there in all that.
Him, he's that baby that was born at the palace in a barn inside the moat, with a happy childhood, played baseball, played with the children of the Royal Chamberlin, has bachelors has masters degrees, plays violin, likes history, appreciates conservation.
I really do not think that a concubine is something he would even consider seriously as a question about him having one or wanting one and if he has one, that is between he and his wife. I highly doubt and frankly couldn't seriously consider these two being interested in a concubine.
The family tree is big, yes, but, concubines? There are in the history concubines being mentioned, in the Japanese royal family, but in this day and age I do not see the proper place for a contributing concubine and surely not Levitican.