When the smiling couple entered the sanctuary, the audience shouted their congratulations with the Japanese word “Banzai” – meaning a promising desire for a long life. Close family members and friends welcomed the bride and groom when they arrived at the ceremony.
Princess Ayako was dressed in a light yellow colored uchiki kimono embroidered with pink flowers and green leaves and a deep purple hakama – wide-legged folded pants falling to the ankles. She also had a fan of Japanese cypress, called a hiougi. Moriya had a western black robe, gray pinstripe pants and a silk hat belonging to Ayaka’s late father, Prince Takamodo.
Ayako Kimono has the same style and design as the one worn by her sister Princess Noriko when she married Kunimaro Beds 201
The 28-year-old Princess Ayako is the youngest child of Hisako princess and the late Prince Takamodo, cousin to the emperor Akihito. Under Japanese Imperial Law, female members of the royal family lose their titles, status and compensation if they choose to marry someone who has no royal or aristocratic family ties. The same rule does not apply to male members of the royal family.
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Before the ceremony, Ayako changed its kimono into a more formal Shinto style mantle. She had a red kouchiki, a “little coat” with long wide sleeves, and a long split brown skirt called naga-bakama.
The ceremony itself was a private business, followed only by close family members. Inside, the couple would have performed several rituals that notice a Shinto style wedding, including the replacement of nuptial sake cups, and present a sacred Tamagushi branch as an offer. The Nygiften would also have exchanged marriage promises and rings.
After the last prayer, the couple came from the sanctuary as husband and wife. Moriya said he thought his new wife looked “beautiful” because they took questions from journalists. “I would like to support her hard and hand in hand build a happy family with a lot of laughter,” he said.
“I’m amazed at how blessed I am,” said Ayako. From a young age, Ayako said that she was taught to be born in the imperial family meant that her duty was to support the Emperor and the Emperor. “I will leave the imperial family today, but I will remain unchanged in my support for his majesty and majesty,” she said.
The ceremony where the ceremony took place is of great symbolic significance. Open in 1920, the Meiji Shrine is dedicated to the enchanted souls of Ayaki’s grandfather’s grandfather Emperor Meiji and his wife Empress Shoken.
“I’m very glad we held the wedding at this Meiji sanctuary where my great grandfather Meiji emperors are grown,” said Ayako. “I feel so happy.”
Ayoko’s marriage and departure from royal duties come at a trial of the world’s oldest monarchy. The country’s very beloved Emperor Akihitio announced that he will abdicate April 30, 2019 and pass Chrysanthemum Throne to his son Crown Prince Naruhito. Imperial law states that the throne has to be transferred to male heirs, and since Naruhito has only one son, the 12-year-old prince Hisahito can be left alone responsible for exercising the King’s line.
Akihitios abdication and future marriage of his grandson Princess Mako reignited debate about the role women play in Japan’s monarchy and whether imperial law should change to allow women to inherit the throne.
“It is a sensible alternative and necessary to deal with the risk, but the elite conservatives who rule here have resisted strongly despite strong public support for female succession “said Jeff Kingston, director of Asian Studies at Temple University Japan and author of forthcoming book Japan .
Unlike in the United Kingdom, where Queen Elizabeth approved changes in royal line of succession and gave equal rights to British monarch’s sons and daughters to be thrown, officials in Japan have ruled out a similar move.
A abdication law that allows Akihitio to resign was transferred without a proposed resolution which essentially questions whether women marrying outside the family must abolish their royal rights.
“Probably they do not take inspiration from Queen Elizabeth … and instead take refuge behind obesity patriarchal motivations not to do it,” Kingston said. “The law will only change if absolutely necessary”.