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Princess Ayako formally engaged to commoner Kei Moriya in betrothal ceremony

Princess Ayako of Takamado, the youngest daughter of Princess Hisako and Emperor Akihito’s late cousin Norihito, Prince Takamado, has become formally engaged to Kei Moriya in a traditional betrothal ceremony called Nosai no Gi. The ceremony was performed last Sunday and is the first in a series of rites leading up to the wedding on 29 October 2018. A messenger from Kei Moriya visited the…
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His Royal Highness The Gyalsey features on Yellow Bhutan's August calendar

A black and white photo of His Royal Highness The Gyalsey is featured on the August issue of the desktop calendar issued by Yellow Bhutan. With the calendar’s release a couple of days ago, Yellow Bhutan stated, “For the monthly calendar for August, we are delighted to share this wonderful photograph of His Royal Highness The Gyalsey.” Regarding the issue of their monthly…
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Princess Mako begins Brazil trip in São Paulo

On Saturday, Princess Mako arrived in Brazil to undertake a two-week visit to celebrate 110 years since Japanese immigrants came to São Paulo. An estimated 1.9 million immigrants have made Brazil their home, making it the most prominent Japanese community outside of Japan. Japanese culture dates back to 1908 when immigrants arrived in Port Santos aboard a cargo and passengers ship.  Debt ravaged…
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Legal challenge for King of eSwatini’s change of country’s name

King Mswati III’s name change for his country is facing a legal challenge from the human rights activist and attorney, Thulani Maseko, through the Institute for Democracy and Leadership, in the kingdom. In a High Court submission, Maseko argued that the King’s decision “undermined the constitution” and “was a waste of money, especially in a country with the…
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