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Old 02-09-2020, 04:00 PM
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Princess Tsuguko wore a golden lizard (dinosaur?) pendant on a simple chain in September 2019. She went out for dinner with a friend at an Okinawan restaurant in Ginza.

https://bunshun.ismcdn.jp/mwimgs/1/a...e8b1742609.jpg
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Old 07-26-2020, 03:13 AM
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Empress Michiko's brooch during a visit to Hokkaido (which is famous for its lavender season) in 2003
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Tiaras of Princess Itsuko (2 February 1879 – 18 August 1977)
- "completed nursing school and became familiar with medicine, and was fluent in music, oil painting, and languages..." [smart-flash.jp]
- born Lady Itsuko Nabeshima, daughter of Marquis Nabeshima Naohiro (ambassador to Italy)
- married Prince Nashimoto Morimasa
- mother of Princess Masako of Nashimoto (later Yi Bangja, Crown Princess Uimin of Korea)
- maternal aunt of Princess Chichibu (Setsuko Matsudaira)

https://data.smart-flash.jp/wp-conte...zoku_main1.jpg

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EI1fWC8UUAASjOr.jpg
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EI1fWC8UYAAGY-4.jpg

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EI1fWC8VAAIEJv4.png

https://livedoor.blogimg.jp/easthall...f/ff2e917c.jpg

More photos of Princess Itsuko and family at easthall blog: nashimoto-no-miya part 1


ETA: Princess Masako of Nashimoto (later Yi Bangja, Crown Princess Uimin of Korea)

https://www.asahicom.jp/articles/ima...02409_comm.jpg
https://data.smart-flash.jp/wp-conte...uzoku_sub1.jpg
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped...-Yi_Bangja.jpg
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Old 12-09-2020, 02:58 AM
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I was asked about Princess Masako of Nashimoto (Yi Bangja, Crown Princess Uimin of Korea) and Princess Sayako's tiaras on twitter. After some google searches, I found some photos of Mikimoto's replica.

- Masako Nashimoto should have received her tiara when she married in 1920 or when she came of age in 1921. Her tiara has a curving (detachable?) piece at the bottom.

- Sayako's tiara is denser and seems heavily inspired by Masako Nashimoto's tiara.
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Eog6o1KUUAAlcrC.png
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Eog6qHFVgAYqaNw.png

- Mikomoto has a replica created in 1923-1924 and this has been exhibited several times.

November 2005 in Sofia, Bulgaria --> Getty states "belonging to Japanese Imperial Palace" but I think that's a mistake.
2007 in Tokyo
2016 in Osaka

Mikimoto pinterest -> linked to bridal section
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Another exhibition with case
https://livedoor.blogimg.jp/salesmas...7/97244250.jpg
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Old 12-09-2020, 07:51 AM
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Thank you for the nice photographs, Prisma :)
I remember vaguely the Mikimoto exhibition in Sofia and reading about the Miss World crown in the papers at the time.
Unfortunately the link doesn't work for me, but there are some other photos from 2005 online.

My quest led me an interesting photo of the late Empress Nagako wearing what looks like the sapphire and diamond brooch that is currently with the Princess Hitachi - Link to GettyImages
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Old 12-28-2020, 07:16 PM
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Princesses Mako and Kako's earrings for Kako's 26th birthday photos/video.

Screenshots from TV Tokyo and Asahi

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A better photo surfaced of Princess Yuriko at Emperor Naruhito's "Sokui-go-Choken-no-gi" ceremony on May 1, 2019

https://cdn.mainichi.jp/vol1/2021/03...a006000p/9.jpg
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According to an interview with TV Tokyo, the IHA did not include Princess Aiko's tiara fee in the FY2021 budget "in view of the coronavirus pandemic." Usually the IHA budgets about 30 million yen for a princess' coming-of-age tiara/parure from the public funds it manages. Princess Aiko's tiara will either be paid from the Imperial family’s daily expenses fund or she will use a tiara previously worn by another princess.

I think she'll get a new tiara. Her aunt (ex-Princess Nori) Sayako Kuroda's tiara was also paid from the daily expenses fund. Sayako turned 20 in 1989 but her coming-of-age events were delayed for a year due to Emperor Showa's death and mourning period. The FY1989-1990 IHA budget was already huge for the funeral, tomb, and Emperor Akihito's enthronement. I saw some grumbling on Japan twitter that Princess Mako's tiara/parure was still paid from the IHA public fund despite the 2011 disaster.
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Old 03-26-2021, 12:28 PM
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I think you are correct that Princess Aiko will get a new tiara, but there are some beautiful 'retired' tiaras in the Japanese vault that would look lovely on her.

One of my favorites: The Daily Diadem: Princess Noriko's Wave Tiara | The Court Jeweller
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Old 03-31-2021, 01:32 AM
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New Year Lectures on March 23

Empress Masako
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ExVreCsUYAQ78YX.png

Crown Princess Kiko
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ExQcdYSVkAcQsfC.png

Princess Mako's diamond twist brooch
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ExQcecMUYA02-Xc.png

Princess Kako
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ExQcf-_VEAEyWP5.png

Princess Nobuko
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ExOgruCVIAMbyHL.png

Princess Akiko
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ExQdKVaUUAIjprR.png

Princess Yoko
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ExQdLrsUUAUv261.png

Princess Hisako's sapphire choker and earrings
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ExQglNtVEAcnJHC.png

Princess Tsuguko's all diamond jewelry? No pearls? Hair covered her brooch
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ExQgnKwVkAAUprZ.png


New Year Poetry Reading on March 26

Empress Masako: pearls with pendant
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Exr-d81VEAMXD5E.png

Crown Princess Kiko: diamond and gold brooch
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ExqelVoUUAAzpzJ.png

Princess Mako
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Exqet3DVEAE6HY0.png

Princess Kako: leaf shaped?
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Exqevq9U4AEJ14L.png

Princess Nobuko
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ExrCOxiU8AMuODM.png

Princess Akiko
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ExrCP7tUYAAEJzG.png

Princess Hisako's diamond and pearl brooch. Earrings have some green gems in a sunburst shape
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ExsoIseVgAEIXsn.png

Princess Tsuguko
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ExrH2CrVIAAxzgb.png
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Thanks to Youtube algorithm, I found this 2-months old video from one of the channels of TV Tokyo, title translated as "What tiaras can Princess Aiko use?", the guest (royal correspondent of TV Tokyo) has shared something interesting about the tiaras of JIF (and a bit of Mako's lump sum issue at the end).

P.S. It's in Japanese.
P.P.S. Lower your expectations, these isn't any fascinating footage or pictures of the jewels


Clarification: I don't read Japanese (except Kanji which is similar to Chinese) and I relied on Youtube subtitle and Google translate, therefore it's not necessarily accurate lol (I read both English and Chinese version of the translated subtitle, hopefully I wasn't fooled but still feel free to correct me and translate if you are able to read Japanese).
  1. As the guest knows, there are 10 tiaras were made with IHA/national budget after WWII.
    - I assume it includes the 8 newest tiaras (1-2-3 from the Akishinos, 4-5-6 from the Takamados and 7-8 from the Mikasas, all made during 1990-2000s), and the rest 2 would be either the 2 tiaras (here and here) owned by Michiko as CP (made during 1950-1960s), or the two second-newest tiaras made during 1980s (here and here).
  2. For tiaras that made with IHA/national budget, it has to return to JIF if the owner leave the IF (for example Noriko and Ayako, tiaras were returned after marriage). (By that I interpret it as for these aren't made with IHA/national budget, they are personal property and the owners can do whatever they want.)
  3. 5 tiaras from Setsuko (P Chichibu) and Kikuko (P Takamatsu) had been given to JIF (the guest actually used the word "寄贈 (gift/donate)" here, and while he talked about Noriko and Ayako he used "返し (return)", I interpret it as the tiaras were their own property?).
  4. So the guest concluded that if she wouldn't get a new tiara, still there are (at least) 7 state/IHA-owned tiaras available to Aiko, including two from Noriko and Ayako, and 5 from Setsuko and Kikuko.

So which 5 tiaras are possibly donated to JIF from Setsuko and Kikuko?:
  • Setsuko's honeysuckle tiara (Already back to JIF: Michiko had worn it after her death in 1995)
  • Setsuko's pearl drops tiara (Already back to JIF: Yuriko had worn the tiara in 1997 and Masako also had worn the necklace in 2001)
  • Kikuko's floral tiara (Still unseen after her death)
  • Kikuko's fringe necklace tiara (Still unseen after her death)
    - There is also a theory that it maybe came from her paternal aunt Tokugawa Tsuneko, who married Prince Fushimi Hiroyasu, and Tsuneko could be inherited it from Princess Arisugawa Toshiko, the wife of her father-in-law (Hiroyasu's mother was concubine). (Here for more photos of the mentioned ladies wearing same/similar fringe pieces, Japanese article BTW, personally I think the frames are quite different.)
  • the photo Prisma had shared on twitter which shows Kikuko was wearing some tiara/headpiece with coloured stone, maybe it could be one of the five returned tiaras?
  • Another possibility: As Setsuko and Kikuko both had no children, maybe some tiaras of Hitachi, Mikasa and Takamado branch, especially these without clear origin, were actually inherited/a gift from them? (such as this, this or this?)
  • Or simply some of these tiaras were dismentled for the new tiaras?
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Thank your for this interesting information!

Here are some of my thoughts on the topic:
- About the ten tiaras made with IHA budget: I tend to believe that this refers to the ten newest tiaras. So probably not those two tiaras that Michiko and Masako both wore as CPs.
What about Princess Sayako's tiara? It looks like the tiara of Masako, Princess Nashimoto, but I heard speculation that Sayako's tiara is only a copy and not the original tiara of Masako. If it was made for Sayako, then it's the ninth oldest tiara.

As for Princess Aiko, I don't think that she'll receive a jewels set that was worn until recently by the Takamado princesses. Firstly that they only left the IF fairly recently, and secondly those tiaras were pretty small. I somehow can't imagine that the Emperor's daughter will have a smaller tiara than the emperor's nieces (Mako & Kako).
Setsuko's honeysuckle has kind of become the third Empress' tiara, so I don't think it will be for Aiko. The Kikuko's rather small coloured stone tiara doesn't seam likely, because it's a. small and b. a coloured stone.
The other three tiaras, pearl drop, floral and fringe, I can imagine very well, although I think that this particular fringe works better as a necklace than as tiara.
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Sayako's tiara is a bit different as it wasn't made with IHA budget (Prisma had gave a better explanation about it in Aiko's thread), that's why the guest hadn't mentioned a lot about it (assuming that is her personal property and not necessarily had to been returned). I also think it's just inspired by Masako's tiara and not the original too, there are something different (BTW Mikimoto also had other tiaras that have similar design which they displayed in exhibition).

The honeysuckle didn't passed to Masako from Michiko after the enthronement (Masako only took over the Meiji and chrysanthemum, Prisma had shared the list in page 15). Which makes me think that maybe it's not considered as "Empress tiara", so it still could be available to Aiko IF Michiko gifts it or IHA re-allocates it to her.
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I know that the honeysuckle tiara is not one of the 'official' empress jewels, that necessarily come with the position. But after it has been worn by Empress Michiko, it somehow seems too important to be worn by a mere princess. I don't know if it is privately owned by Michiko, more likely it is somehow owned by the IF. But it wouldn't surprise me, if it is available for Masako to wear in the future. Or I can imagine it to be worn as a secondary tiara of the Crown Princess, though i think the first option is more likely.

Similarly, do we know the status of the pearl fringe tiara worn by both Michiko and Masako as CPs? It might be an official jewel of the respective CP and be worn by Kiko at some point. Or could it also have been a private jewel of Michiko, who decided to pass it on to her daughter-in-law, who might pass it on to Aiko?
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Mikimoto described the pearl fringe as the Crown Princess' 2nd official tiara so I believe it'll go to Kiko eventually.


Empress Masako and Princess Aiko's jewelry on September 6:

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The Imperial Household Agency reports Princess Aiko will wear her aunt Sayako Kuroda's tiara for her coming-of-age audience ceremony on December 5. The tiara will be adjusted to fit her head shape better.

Sources: Jiji, Sankei

Well, I was wrong about privately funded new tiara ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

ETA: The TV Tokyo video also mentions Aiko will wear robe montante to worship at the Imperial Palace Sanctuaries and robe décolleté for the audience ceremony.

Princess Aiko's 20th birthday ceremonies to be held mainly on Dec. 5 - Kyodo News
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The tiara will be borrowed from her aunt Sayako Kuroda, who left the imperial household upon marriage to a commoner in 2005, as the agency decided not to create a new one for her amid the pandemic.

On Dec. 5, Princess Aiko will also receive well-wishes from Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and other family members.

As the princess has classes on Dec. 1, she will have a meal with her parents after receiving well-wishes from aides including Yasuhiko Nishimura, grand steward of the agency, at the palace.

[...]
Princess Aiko's Coming-Of-Age Ceremonies Set for Dec. 5 | Nippon.com
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A press conference by Princess Aiko on reaching the adult age is under consideration, according to the Imperial Household Agency.
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The Imperial Household Agency reports Princess Aiko will wear her aunt Sayako Kuroda's tiara for her coming-of-age audience ceremony on December 5. The tiara will be adjusted to fit her head shape better.

Sources: Jiji, Sankei

Well, I was wrong about privately funded new tiara ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Princess Aiko is in the same position as her aunt - daughter of a current Emperor. I think it's a nice touch and honours her aunt in a beautiful manner
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Imho, that is a good decision. It's a beautiful tiara and should be kept in use. The size is appropriate for an emperor's daughter. Also, it doesn't make sense to keep making new tiaras that will go out of use after a few years because the wearer leaves the IF. And of course, in these times it's sensible to keep the costs down.

I can't wait to see pictures of Aiko's first tiara appearance!
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Imho, that is a good decision. It's a beautiful tiara and should be kept in use. The size is appropriate for an emperor's daughter.
I agree, it makes sense to use the tiara's already in the family.

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Also, it doesn't make sense to keep making new tiaras that will go out of use after a few years because the wearer leaves the IF.
A very relevant point. Japanese princesses tend to only have a few years to wear their tiaras before they marry and leave the imperial family.
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It's a lovely tiara and it does make more sense to re use ones they already have rather than making new ones for who get a decade or less use out of them.

It's also a nice continuity with/tribute to her aunt.
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