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Old 07-03-2017, 06:34 PM
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On June 24th, Sayako Kuroda visited her parents after her appointment as chief priestess of Ise Shrine. She will represent the Emperor at festivals in February, June, October, November, and December. According to the IHA, Sayako is also conducting work as a visiting researcher at the Yamashinai Institute for Avian Studies and an outpatient researcher at the Tamagawa University Educational Museum.

Source: pages 1-2 of Sankei Imperial Weekly #493
Did the comment that she would "represent the Emperor at festivals" emanate from Sankei, or the IHA? Would it not be an infringement of the separation of religion and state guaranteed by the Japanese constitution?
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Old 07-04-2017, 06:36 PM
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Either Ise Shine or Sankei made the comment. Google translation:
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According to the Jingu Ji administration, in the Ise Jingu shrine wearing the Amaterasu Ogami of the Imperial God, the royal family or the former royal family served as successive priests. [Sayako] prays for his Majesty in February 's Prayer Festival, the monthly festival in June and December, the God Festival in October and the November' s New Festival, praying for grain richness and the peace of the people It is said to be.
Mainichi's English report on her appointment refer to Sayako as the emperor’s representative:
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Kuroda will visit the shrine as the emperor's representative for festive events including Kanname-sai, held annually in October, in which crops are offered to sun goddess Amaterasu Omikami, the ancestral deity of the imperial family.
According to the constitution, the Emperor is the symbol of "the State and unity of the People" and although he performs duties similar to Head of State, he doesn't actually have the Head of State title. He and the Imperial family already perform Shinto rituals at the Imperial Palace and his elder sisters were his representatives at Ise Shine for decades so infringement doesn't seem to be a concern.
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Old 08-12-2017, 07:35 PM
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Thanks! Given that the emperor's Shinto rituals are not considered part of his official duties, I suppose the same rule applies to the festivals.
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Old 08-12-2017, 07:47 PM
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I am delighted to see some news about her, a very likeable person IMO !
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Old 09-14-2017, 06:21 PM
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On September 14th, Sayako Kuroda worshipped at Ise Shrine. It is her first duty since becoming supreme priestess in June on the retirement of her aunt, Atsuko Ikeda. Sayako's first festival will be in October.

Photos: Asahi, Sankei
https://twitter.com/ISE_jingoo/statu...15511699267584
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Old 09-14-2017, 06:36 PM
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Will she attend her niece's wedding?
I hope so.
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I think so. She and her husband attended the 2nd wedding reception of Noriko and Kunimaro Senge held in Tokyo. The seating was kinda weird, her mother Hisako and sisters sat in the back. I suppose they already attended the 1st reception in Shimane Prefecture so other family and government invitees (CP couple, Mikasa grandparents, Kurodas, and Prime Minister Abe) got closer seating at the Tokyo reception.

Blurry shot of Noriko's Tokyo reception, the Kurodas are barely visible behind Prince and Princess Mikasa. Princesses Hisako, Tsuguko, and Ayako are at the bottom:
http://livedoor.blogimg.jp/royalfami...7/e7b272f1.jpg
https://www.jijiphoto.jp/thumbnails2...-/c-nlk-/l.jpg

Close up:
http://blog-imgs-59.fc2.com/r/e/t/re...c8d20640f5.png
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Old 10-17-2017, 08:09 PM
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The God festival at Ise Shrine began on October 15th and lasts until the 17th. Sayako Kuroda participated for the first time as supreme priestess, thanking Amaterasu for the harvest, offering rice, mochi, liquor, and praying for prosperity of the Imperial family and peace of the people. Rice harvested at the Imperial Palace was offered. The next festival is November 23rd.

Source: Jiji, https://iseshima.keizai.biz/headline/photo/2875/

Twitter photos and video:
https://twitter.com/yakeistyle/statu...33828421050368
https://twitter.com/redandhero3/stat...17061279666176
https://twitter.com/redandhero3/stat...15034952695808
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Thank you for the info about this discreet and likeable Princess..... she is still one in my eyes
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The video was amazing, such a beautiful country, so peaceful and serene. I felt I could almost hear the rain because of the quiet. There was a calming presence about her in the pictures for you could see it in her face. Just a very lovely lady and place to visit someday. Thank you for the info!
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