Royal Wedding in Japan: Princess Ayako Surrenders Her Royal Status as She Marries Commoner (Pictures)

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Princess Ayako, the youngest daughter of Emperor Akihito’s late cousin, wed commoner Kei Moriya at a ceremony Monday at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo.

Here’s how it was and what the princess wore.

Traditional wedding 

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Source: JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images

Ayako and groom Kei Moriya were shown on national news walking slowly before guests at the shrine. The wedding took place in one of the pagoda-like buildings in the shrine complex and included an exchange of rings and a sharing of a cup of sake, according to Japanese media.

Both rituals are relatively routine for Shinto-style weddings, including those of regular Japanese.

Ayako, 28, is the daughter of the emperor’s cousin, and Moriya, 32, works for major shipping company Nippon Yusen.

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Source: Associated Press

Ayako’s wedding dress

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 pleated trousers that fall to the ankles. She also carried a fan made of Japanese cypress, called a hiougi.

Moriya wore a western-style black morning coat, gray pin-striped trousers and a silk hat that belonged to Ayako’s late father, Prince Takamodo.

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She wore a Heian-era style hairdo, which is swept back into a ponytail, and a traditional robe splashed with red and green patterns, while Moriya wore coattails.

Ayako’s kimono is similar in style and design to that worn by her sister Princess Noriko when she married Kunimaro Senge in 2014.

She later changed into a red Japanese robe.

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“I’m very happy that many people were able to celebrate (our marriage),” the princess told reporters following the ceremony. “We want to make efforts to become a couple like my mother and father.”

She also said her late father Prince Takamado, who died in 2002, “would have rejoiced at my marriage” if he were alive, adding that the top hat Moriya was holding had been her father’s. Moriya said he hoped to “build a family full of smiles.”

Why she won’t be a princess anymore?

According to ’s imperial law, female members of the royal family forfeit their titles, status and allowance if they choose to marry someone who does not have royal or aristocratic family ties. The same rule does not apply to male members of the royal family.

In accordance with ’s imperial law, on marrying Moriya – an employee of shipping company Nippon Yusen KK – Ayako will renounce her royal status and take a lump sum of $950,000 from the Japanese government for living expenses.


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