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Princess Mako visits ancestors’ grave to report marriage plans


By Presidencia El Salvador from San Salvador, El Salvador, América Central - Visita Princesa Mako de Akishino 40, CC0, Wikimedia Commons

Japan’s Princess Mako has gone to the graves of her great-grandparents to report her marriage plans.

Princess Mako of Akishino travelled to Musashi Imperial Mausolea Grounds to visit the mausoleums of her paternal great-grandparents, Emperor Hirohito and Empress Nagako, on Tuesday, 12 October on the outskirts of Tokyo.

Some people had gathered to see the royal visit the tombs, and she bowed and waved to those awaiting her in the drizzling rain.

This is part of a series of events she is privately undertaking ahead of her 26 October wedding to college sweetheart Kei Komuro. She also has plans to meet with her grandparents, Emperor Emeritus Akihito and Empress Emerita Michiko. She will also meet with her uncle and aunt, Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako, who have said they wish her and Komuro well.

Komuro is employed at a New York law firm, and the couple will relocate to the United States after their marriage. He recently returned to Japan in preparation for the wedding later this month. There will be no traditional imperial rites held, but the couple will meet with the press on the day of their marriage to share their thoughts.

The Princess is breaking tradition and not accepting the normal lump-sum payment from the government to female Imperial Family members upon their marriages. She had planned to decline the payment as far back as 2014.

Princess Mako is undertaking some of her last royal duties as she will be forced by law to leave the Imperial Family and renounce her titles upon marriage to a commoner. Also, on Tuesday, she met with Brazilian Ambassador to Japan Andre Correa do Lago who awarded her with a medal for her contributions to the friendly ties between Brazil and Japan.

That same day she joined her mother, Crown Princess Kiko and younger sister, Princess Kako, for the viewing of the film “Emu” about the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Japanese Federation of the Deaf.

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Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites including Global News Canada, ABC News Australia, WION India and BBC World News.