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Japan’s Princess Mako Postpones Wedding Until “At Least 2020”

  February 6, 2018 at 10:00 am by

The Imperial Household Agency issued a statement on Tuesday announcing that the wedding of Princess Mako of Akishino and Kei Komuro has been postponed “until at least 2020”. “Lack of preparation” was cited by an IHA spokesperson, Takaharu Kaji, as the reason for the postponement – Princess Mako and Mr Komuro had been scheduled to become formally engaged on March 4th, with their wedding ceremony to take place in November. A statement … Continue reading

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Japanese Imperial Family Attend New Year’s Lectures

  January 10, 2018 at 8:00 am by

Members of the Japanese Imperial Family attended the traditional New Year’s Lectures, Kousho Hajime, held at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Wednesday. Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko and the family listened to lectures by Professor Kazui Tashiro, Professor Naoyuki Osaka and Akira Fujishima, the President of the Tokyo University of Science, deliver lectures on topics relating to “human, social and natural sciences”. Crown Princess Masako was present at the event for the … Continue reading

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Emperor Akihito Receives New Year’s Greetings From The Public

  January 2, 2018 at 4:40 pm by

On Tuesday January 2nd, Emperor Akihito of Japan received the well-wishes of the Japanese public on the occasion of the New Year from the balcony of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. The Emperor wished the crowd – which amounted to more than 125,000 over the course of the day – “that this year will prove a gentle and spiritually fulfilling one for as many people as possible.” He was joined … Continue reading

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Imperial Family Gather For New Year’s Greetings at Palace

  January 1, 2018 at 7:20 am by

Adult members of the Japanese Imperial Family gathered at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Monday, January 1, for the annual New Year’s greetings delivered to Emperor Akihito. The Emperor and Empress led the festivities, where they received greetings for 2018 from the Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe; the heads of the National Diet chambers (the House of Representatives and the House of Councillors); lawmakers and foreign ambassadors listed to Japan. This … Continue reading

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Engagement of Princess Mako Officially Announced

  September 3, 2017 at 5:50 pm by

The engagement of Princess Mako of Akishino and Kei Komuro was officially announced on Sunday, with the betrothed pair attending a press conference at Akasaka Estate, the Princess’s family home in Tokyo. “I had already made up my mind, so I immediately accepted on the spot,” the Princess said of Mr Komuro’s proposal of marriage, that took place back in December 2013. Princess Mako said that the pair both “had an understanding … Continue reading

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Engagement of Princess Mako Delayed In Respect Of Natural Disaster Victims

  July 7, 2017 at 4:59 pm by

The official announcement of Princess Mako of Akishino’s engagement to Mr Kei Komuro has been postponed, the Imperial Household Agency has said Friday, out of respect to the victims of severe rains that have hit southern Japan this week. At least 11 people have been killed in southwest Japan as torrential rains hit the region, and thousands ordered to evacuate their homes. The betrothed couple were due to hold a press conference on … Continue reading

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July 8th’s The Date! Princess Mako’s Engagement To Be Officially Announced

  June 19, 2017 at 8:13 pm by

The Imperial Household Agency today announced that the engagement between Princess Mako of Akishino and Mr Kei Komuro will be officially announced on Saturday July 8th. The announcement will come from Shinichiro Yamamoto, the Grand Steward of the Imperial Household Agency. Princess Mako and Mr Komuro, both 25, will hold a press conference later that day. It should be noted that while this will be the official announcement of the couple’s betrothal, … Continue reading

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Princess Mako Visits Bhutan

  June 2, 2017 at 7:55 pm by

Japanese Princess Mako has been in Bhutan the past few days on an official visit, and on Friday she met with the country’s King and Queen at the Tashichhodzong. Following their audience, the royal party travelled to Lingkana Palace for luncheon. They then posed for photographs in the gardens of the Palace, where they were joined by the adorable 16-month-old Prince Jigme Namgyel, son of King Jigme Khesar and Queen Jetsun Pema. Later … Continue reading

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Princess Mako’s First Official Duty Post-Engagement Confirmation

  May 22, 2017 at 6:04 am by

Japan’s Princess Mako today made her first official public appearance since last week’s announcement that she is engaged to be married to her long-time boyfriend. The Princess joined her parents, Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, at the National Museum of Nature and Science in Tokyo. The royal grouping viewed a special exhibition entitled ‘Treasures of the Natural World – Best of London’s Natural History Museum’ that consists of 180 pieces … Continue reading

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Reports: Engagement Forthcoming For Princess Mako

  May 16, 2017 at 10:10 am by

The Japanese media is reporting today that Princess Mako, the elder daughter of Prince Akishino and eldest grandchild of the Emperor of Japan, is set to announce her engagement to a fellow student from her alma mater, the International Christian University. NHK, the Japanese public broadcaster, was first to publish the news today. The Japan Times is reporting the news was confirmed by the Imperial Household Agency. Kei Komuro is named … Continue reading

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Princess Mako Assists In Davis Cup Tennis Draw For Japan-France Clash

  February 2, 2017 at 9:24 am by

Japan’s Princess Mako of Akishino was present at the Ariake Colosseum in Tokyo today for the official drawing ceremony of this weekend’s Davis Cup clash between Japan and France. The Princess assisted German ITF supervisor Soeren Friemel in drawing tennis balls to assign the tennis matches that will be played February 3 to 5 as part of the first round of the 2017 David Cup World Group. 16 countries will be playing … Continue reading

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Imperial Family Attends New Year’s Lectures

  January 11, 2017 at 9:24 pm by

Emperor Akihito has led members of the Imperial Family during the annual Kosho Hajime no Gi (New Year’s Lectures) at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo today. Attending were the Empress, Crown Prince Naruhito, Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, Princess Mako and Prince and Princess Hitachi. The family listened to three lectures from professors of the University of Tokyo and the Waseda University, on the topics of French literature, political science and … Continue reading

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Emperor Akihito Celebrates 83rd Birthday With Record-Breaking Crowd

  December 23, 2016 at 5:29 am by

Japanese Emperor Akihito today celebrates his 83rd birthday, and as is customary, appeared on the balcony of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo with other members of the Imperial Family to greet well-wishers. 33,000 people crowded into the Palace area to catch a glimpse of the monarch, beating the previous most-attended event in 2009 to mark the Emperor’s 20th anniversary on the throne (just over 30,000 people attended that event). Appearing … Continue reading

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Belgian State Visit to Japan: Day Three and Four

  October 13, 2016 at 11:25 am by

On the third day of the state visit, on Wednesday October 12, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde, along with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, travelled by train to Yuki, a city in the north of Japan. In Yuki they visited a textile industry where they were given a demostration about the creation of a traditional woven silk textile called Yuki-tsugumi. Back in Tokyo, Queen Mathilde attended a seminar to … Continue reading

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Princess Mako On Official Visit to Paraguay

  September 9, 2016 at 9:00 pm by

Princess Mako of Akishino is representing her grandfather, the Emperor of Japan, in Paraguay this week, as the two countries mark 80 years of immigration and bilateral relations. She attended a ceremony today alongside President Horacio Cartes and the Japanese Ambassador to Paraguay, Takeshi Kamitami, in Luque to celebrate the anniversary. A group of farmers were the first immigrants from Japan to Paraguay in 1936. The Princess delivered a speech … Continue reading

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Ship-ahoy! Princess Mako Enlightened on Research Ship

  May 20, 2016 at 5:52 am by

On 18th May, Her Imperial Highness Princess Mako of Akishino visited the research vessel “Kaimei” (meaning “enlightened”) which is currently docked at the Ariake Pier in Tokyo harbour. The vessel belongs to the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, whose website states that the vessel is the most advanced of its type in the world with technology allowing researchers to look into the origins of mineral and ore deposits as … Continue reading

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Japan’s Imperial Family Host Spring Garden Party

  April 27, 2016 at 9:52 am by

Members of the Japanese Imperial Family today hosted their annual spring garden party at the Akasaka Palace attended by hundreds of guests from Japanese society. Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko led all the adult members of the family as they mingled with guests throughout the afternoon. In traditional form, the Imperial ladies all donned suits in neutral and pastel shades of cream, greens and blues. Only Princess Tsuguko went a different way, … Continue reading

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Flowers Delight the Princesses!

  February 29, 2016 at 5:40 am by

This weekend, Their Imperial Highness Princess Kiko of Akishino and her eldest daughter Princess Mako of Akishino attended the annual Japan Flower Design Award for 2016, which took place in the city of Kyoto, the former Imperial capital of Japan. The princesses both looked serene and elegant in cream-coloured suits,  each wearing a simple pearl necklace and a diamond brooch.     Japan is renowned for its unusual and interesting floral displays, most … Continue reading

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Japan’s Princess Mako Graduates from Leicester University

  January 23, 2016 at 1:47 am by

Princess Mako of Akishino graduated from Leicester University with a postgraduate degree in museum studies on Wednesday. The Princess, who spent a year in Leicester for her studies incognito, said that she had had a “fruitful year” and hoped to “apply what I have learned at postgraduate school in the future.” She also thanked the university for providing the “opportunity to pursue my studies in such a favourable environment.” Mako, the … Continue reading

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Crown Princess Masako Joins Family at Autumn Garden Party

  November 12, 2015 at 9:50 pm by

Crown Princess Masako of Japan today attended the annual autumn garden party at Akasaka Palace along with other members of the Imperial Family. Dressed in a vibrant purple outfit with matching hat, the Crown Princess stood out from the crowd in what was her first appearance at the garden party since 2003. View image | gettyimages.com The Emperor and Empress hosted the party, where invited members of Japanese society meet the Imperial … Continue reading

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