Japan

Ahead of his abdication, take a look at the life of Emperor Akihito

Born on 23 December 1933, Prince Akihito was born in the Imperial Palace of Tokyo as the elder son and fifth child of Emperor Hirohito and Empress Nagako. He had five older sisters: Shigeko, Princess Teru (1925-1961); Sachiko, Princess Hisa (1927-1928); Kazuko, Princess Taka (1929-1989); and Atsuko, Princess Yori (b. 1931). They were later joined by two more siblings: Masahito, Prince Hitachi and…
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Japan

Who was Japan's first emperor?

As Emperor Akihito is set to abdicate from the Japanese throne, Royal Central has dissected some of the most memorable parts of his reign. Although we pride ourselves on keeping our readers up to date with the current news on royals around the world, we wanted to look back further and answer the question on everyone’s mind: who was Japan’s first ever Emperor? According to ancient literature…
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International royalsJapan

Who is Japan's Aiko, Princess Toshi?

Aiko, Princess Toshi is the daughter and only child of Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako of Japan. Embed from Getty Images She was born on 1 December 2001 at the Imperial Household Agency Hospital in the Tokyo Imperial Palace. The Princess has two names, a…
International royalsJapan

The life of Empress Michiko

Michiko Shōda – the future Empress of Japan – was born on 20 October 1934 at the University of Tokyo Hospital. She was the daughter of Hidesaburō Shōda and Fumiko Soejima and was the second of four children. She received a solid education, a combination of traditional and Western, and learned to speak English. She attended the Futaba Elementary School in Tokyo but was forced to…
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Who is Crown Princess Masako of Japan?

Born Masako Owada (or Owada Masako according to Asian naming customs where the family name is placed before the given name), she was born on 9 December 1963 in Tokyo’s Toranomon Hospital to Yumiko Egashira and Hisashi Owada – the latter being a former diplomat and former judge on the International Court of Justice. Masako has two younger siblings – twin sisters, Setsuko and…
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