Originally Posted by Prisma
Tabloids focused on Princess Tsuguko late 2019 and early 2020 about a possible engagement.
Jprime December 17, 2019
reported Princess Tsuguko would soon be engaged to her boyfriend of several years, a major bank employee. Reporters tried to ask him (referring to him as Mr. A) in November while he hailed a taxi but he quickly escaped.
followed Princess Tsuguko and her alleged boyfriend leaving a seafood pub in Ginza on January 10. Photos include Princess Tsuguko and a female friend visiting an Okinawan restaurant in September 2019.
become bold. Their reporters caught Princess Tsuguko and her alleged boyfriend on January 29 leaving a shabu-shabu restaurant in Roppongi.
Exchange on page 2
Reporter: Did you hear that your engagement is likely to be announced?
Tsuguko: No... I haven't.
Reporter: What is your relationship with Mr. A, who is with you?
Tsuguko: It is a friend
Reporter: So, are there any other people who love you?
Tsuguko: No, I don't.
Reporter: It is often reported about marriage...
Tsuguko: I'm not saying anything to anyone.
Reporter: So, the engagement rumor isn't true?
Reporter: 6 years have passed since you said in 2014 that you probably wouldn't marry for at least 3-4 years. How do you feel now?
Tsuguko: Indeed (laughs) but he's a friend.
It is an interesting double standard (from my perspective as a foreigner) how discussion of grave royal issues such as Emperor Showa's war responsibility is controversial and curbed, and yet walking up to a royal at a restaurant to press her about her romantic prospects is unremarkable.
It seems as if Princess Tsuguko won't be departing the imperial family in the near future, perhaps to her mother's disappointment.
Originally Posted by bu_zhidao
I think this picture is a good example of how Princess Tsuguko was a little more rebellious:
Although not very extreme, her makeup is definitely gyaru inspired, and I think she had a fake tan as well. She's much paler now. There was also a time when she dyed her hair, something most Japanese royals don't do. Unless they're hiding their graying hair *cough*the Crown Prince*cough*
It never occurred to me, but now that you mention it, it does seem much nearer to the image of a 'gyaru' than for example the Akishino princesses, who seem to adopt a much more traditionalist aesthetic.
Originally Posted by Ista
Princess Tsuguko is well known to have been a bit of a wild child in her younger years. There were many references in gossip columns at the time.
In this linked article about the press coverage of Princess Noriko's engagement, there is a short paragraph towards the end of the article about Tsuguko, and what a challenge she was to Princess Hisako:
Originally Posted by Prisma
Fortunately, both Akiko and Tsuguko have some fans despite the lack of official coverage. I can understand for Akiko since she's more visible as a professor at various universities and has many patronages but Tsuguko doesn't have as much public service.
I wonder if the apparent "royal rebel"/Roppongi party girl reputation in the media accounts for the existence of a fanbase?