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Old 11-22-2009, 02:41 AM
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In September Mr Yoshiki Kuroda, husband of former Pss Nori-no-miya Sayako, has passed the Tokyo metropolitan government's managerial promotion examination for fiscal 2009
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Are there any news of Sayako, perhaps having a family or so?
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Old 08-12-2011, 09:29 AM
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Are there any news of Sayako, perhaps having a family or so?
Although she is a commoner by now (and the press is not supposed to cover her lifes daily events) I do not doubt that wed know it if she had a child. And as she has turned 42 this year, I doubt that she will still have one in the future. Sometimes one could think that this is some sort of fashion (or curse or tradition or however youd like to call it) in the imperial family to procreate but sparingly... Two brothers of the late Emperor Hirohito had no children of their own and the only brother of the present emperor is childless, too.
Maybe youd like to have a look at this link. It is not new but I think is quite charming. In the third pic you see Mr and Mrs Kuroda (with Princess Kiko and little Hisahito in front).
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Old 11-09-2011, 01:34 PM
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Mrs sayako kuroda is the only daughter of emperor Akihito, she married a commoner and lost her title and status in the royal family and yet what position/status does she have for although now a commoner she is still the daughter of the emperor and could still visit her family? Does she still need to go through security to enter the palace .....???she is a commoner now by marriage but she is royal by blood.
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...and could still visit her family? Does she still need to go through security to enter the palace .....???she is a commoner now by marriage but she is royal by blood.
Definitely, Mrs Kuroda visits her family often. She does not take part at the photosessions, but accompanies Their Majesties (for example, at the concerts).
Mrs Kuroda has some privilegies, her elder brothers have not. She may hug and kiss her parents in front of all the stuff (the breaking of protocol which is not allowed for the members of Imperial family). It's good to be the only daughter!
Sayako-sama is very easy going and cheerful, always in good temper.

According to today's Mainichi Shimbun article, the Empress, the Princess Akishino and Mrs Kuroda are attending His Majesty at the hospital. Just like all families do.

I was lucky to watch Mrs Kuroda arriving to the Imperial palace last summer. She did not go through security, actually. Her car entered the gates without any slowdown.
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Old 11-09-2011, 08:25 PM
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These pix on the little train are not new but so lovely to see again !
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The picture of UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova and Mrs Sayako Kuroda was taken in 2009.
It proves that Mrs Kuroda is not being secluded after her marriage, she has her own happy life and takes part in charity projects in Japan.

**Pic** - Irina Bokova office
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Emperor's daughter Kuroda becomes special priestess at Ise Shrine
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Ise Shrine said Monday that Sayako Kuroda, the 43-year-old daughter of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, has assumed the post of special sacred priestess. Kuroda, who took the post on April 26, will assist 81-year-old Atsuko Ikeda, older sister of the emperor and the most sacred priestess at the shrine presiding over rituals. The imperial family has close ties with the shrine in Mie Prefecture, central Japan. It enshrines their ancestral gods.
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Thanks for the update!
It is great that Mrs. Kuroda will continue the tradition by becoming the priestess.
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Old 05-07-2012, 11:27 AM
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You're welcome.
I agree, it's nice to see Sayako continuing the priestess tradition. On the other hand, it's really sad she no longer can perform official duties; Sayako was a great support for the Emperor and for many years work tirelessly on his behalf. I hope the new proposals go ahead and Japanese Princesses do not automatically lose all their rights (styles and titles included) upon marrying.
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Old 05-08-2012, 09:22 AM
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Thanks for the info!

There is a Japan Times article that says that there is a special reason for the former princess supporting her aunt.

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Kuroda will serve until the October 2014 end of a series of festivities for the Shikinen Sengu event, in which symbols of the gods are transferred to a new shrine building that is reconstructed every 20 years. Ikeda took up her post in 1988. The new post was created to help her due to her advanced age.
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Old 05-17-2012, 12:06 PM
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Sayako Kuroda attended her first ceremony as new special priestess at the Ise Shrine, May 14, 2012.
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Old 05-19-2012, 11:21 AM
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Thank you very much for those pictures, ChiaraC!
The pictures from her first ceremony as priestess are lovely.
Sayako has changed quite a lot since I've last seen her pictures.
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Sayako Kuroda conducted a ritual at Ise Shrine, on occasion of the Niinamesai festival (November, 23), an important annual rite celebrated by the emperor in the eleventh month in which he makes an offering of the newly harvested rice to the kami of heaven and earth and partakes of the rice offering in communion with the kami. Originally a harvest festival, the holiday has become an occasion for people to honor labor and give thanks to one another.

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Lovely to get some news about her, thanks !
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You are very welcome, rominet!

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Sayako Kuroda conducted in June a festival at Ise Grand Shrine: pic

Here Mr and Mrs Kuroda attend a ritual together.
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Sayako Kuroda participated in the 'Sengyo no Gi' as the provisional head of the ceremony at Ise Jingu Shrine on October 2, 2013 in Ise, Mie, Japan. Once in 20 years Ise Jingu move the object of worship to its new main shrine constructed at the Inner Shrine (Naiku), in a ceremony called Sengyo no Gi. The Inner Shrine is the place of worship of Amaterasu Omikami, the goddess of the sun, a major deity of the Shinto religion.

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Abe sparks constitutional debate with attendance at Ise Jingu ceremony
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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has stirred domestic controversy by visiting a Shinto shrine closely associated with the emperor, which some assert is at odds with the constitutional separation of religion and politics. Abe attended a ceremony called Sengyo no Gi held Oct. 2 at Ise Jingu shrine in Mie Prefecture. He is the first prime minister in 84 years to do so. [...]

"In the past, Ise Jingu was the fountainhead for unifying politics and religion and national polity fundamentalism," said Hisashi Yamanaka, 82, a children's literature author who has also written works related to Yasukuni Shrine. "Abe's act is clearly a return to the ways before World War II." [...]

Representing the imperial family at the ceremony was Prince Fumihito.
Prince Akishino attending the ceremony: 1 ** 2
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Old 11-02-2013, 12:37 PM
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Here is an interesting Chicago Tribune-article featuring the last rebuilding of the Ise shrine that took place in 1993, with a lot of fascinating background info:

Rebuilding Japanese Unity
Ancient Ritual Has A Modern Purpose
August 19, 1993, By Merrill Goozner
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[...]For many contemporary Japanese, the Shinto religion and the Ise cult that stands at its pinnacle help form a sense of uniqueness. They contribute to the widely held (though archeologically incorrect) conviction that the Japanese are a racially pure people chosen by a pantheon of gods shared by no other nation, and therefore one that cannot be understood by outsiders.

It's a view propagated at the Ise shrine. Japan's "ethnic religion is due to the unique history of ancient Japan, in which a single race formed a single nation, something rarely found anywhere else in the world," the guide to the shrine proclaims.

Every year, 6 million to 7 million people make a pilgrimage to Ise. In this restoration year, the shrine's guardians expect an additional 3 million visitors to the spiritual home of the two most powerful symbols in Japanese life.

The shrine's inner sanctum is the spiritual home of the sun goddess Amaterasu Omikami, who is the mythological ancestor of the imperial family and gave Japan wet rice agriculture. But it is only since the Meiji Restoration of the late 1800s, when Japan revolutionized its way of life and government, that Ise Grand Shrine was given a political symbolisms. Initially, Ise was the imperial family shrine and wasn't open to outsiders. [...]

The nation-builders of the late 1800s were rapidly creating a modern army, industries and government institutions needed to compete with the West. They wanted an institution capable of providing ideological unity to a people that had emerged late from a divisive feudalism. They turned to Shintoism and transformed its main symbols.
"The chief business of the Ise Shrines between 1868 and 1945 was the promotion of Ise as an institution to which all Japanese were connected," wrote Harvard professor Helen Hardacre in "Shinto and the State-1868-1988." "It was a main focal point of the myth of the unification of the populace." [...]
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