Born 23 October 1991 (age 28)
Imperial Household Agency Hospital, Tokyo Imperial Palace, Japan
Father Prince Fumihito
Mother Kiko Kawashima
Occupation Researcher at the University of Tokyo museum[1]
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Princess Mako (眞子内親王 Mako Naishinnō, born 23 October 1991) is the first child and elder daughter of Prince Fumihito and Princess Kiko, and a member of the Japanese imperial family. She is the niece of Emperor Naruhito and the eldest grandchild of Emperor Emeritus Akihito and Empress Emerita Michiko.

Early life and education Edit

Princess Mako was born on 23 October 1991 at Imperial Household Agency Hospital in Tokyo Imperial Palace, Chiyoda, Tokyo. She was presented for the first time the following month at the Imperial Household Hospital in Tokyo.[2]

Princess Mako has a younger sister, Princess Kako (born 1994), and a younger brother, Prince Hisahito (born 2006).

She was educated at the Gakushūin School in her Primary, Girls' Junior and Senior High School years. She studied English at University College, Dublin (UCD), in July–August 2010.[3] She had an informal talk with the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, and she visited Northern Ireland.[4]

Princess Mako graduated from the International Christian University in Mitaka, Tokyo on 26 March 2014 with a Bachelor's degree in Art and Cultural Heritage.[5][6] She obtained Japanese national certification in curation as well as a driver's licencewhile she was an undergraduate student.[7] On 17 September 2014, she left for the United Kingdomwhere she studied Museum Studies at the University of Leicester for a year,[8] receiving a Master's degreein January 2016.[9] She also studied art history at the University of Edinburgh for nine months, from September 2012 to May 2013.[10][11]

In the media Edit

She has been something of an internet idol since 2004, when images of her in sailor fuku appeared on television. An image repository was set up, and a video featuring fanart of Princess Mako was uploaded onto the popular video-sharing website Nico Nico Douga, attracting over 340,000 views and 86,000 comments. The Imperial Household Agency, responding to a request for comment, stated that they are not sure how they should handle this phenomenon, since they see no signs of slander or insults against the Imperial Family.[12][13]

Public life Edit

In 2011, Mako came of age and was conferred Grand Cordon of the Order of the Precious Crown on 23 October. Since then, she has been attending official events as an adult member of the Imperial Family.[14]

She has made several official visits:

  • December 2015 – El Salvador and Honduras[15]
  • September 2016 – Paraguay[16]
  • June 2017 – Bhutan[17]
  • August 2017 – Hungary[18]
  • July 2018 – Brazil[19]
  • July 2019 – Peru and Bolivia[20]

Personal interests Edit

In August 2006, Mako visited Vienna, Austria for two weeks on a school-sponsored homestay program. She stayed in the home of an Austrian man who was a colleague of Tatsuhiko Kawashima, her maternal grandfather. Because Mako is interested in art and architecture, she visited the museums, St. Stephen's Cathedral and Schönbrunn Palace.

In July 2011, she worked as a volunteer in the affected areas of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami without revealing her identity.

She is able to communicate using Japanese Sign Language and is interested in the Deaf community, like her mother, Princess Akishino, and her sister, Princess Kako. She and her younger sister Kako are able to deliver entire speeches in sign. 

She became the project researcher of the University of Tokyo's museum on 1 April 2016.

Engagement Edit

In May 2017, it was announced that the Princess was expected to marry Kei Komuro, a graduate of International Christian University (ICU). It is anticipated that like her paternal aunt, Sayako, Princess Nori, and other princesses who married commoners in recent decades she will formally lose her title and become a commoner upon marriage. On 3 September 2017, the Imperial Household Agency announced the engagement, which was followed by a press conference attended by the couple.

The wedding was originally expected to take place on 4 November 2018, but it was later announced that it would be postponed until 2020. Mako will become the ninth female member of the family to marry a commoner since the passage of the Imperial Household Law. As a result of her marriage, she will give up her imperial title and leave the Japanese Imperial Family, as required by law. At present, the marriage has been put on hold due to Kei Komuro and his family having a financial dispute of which the Japanese imperial family disapproves.

Titles, styles and honours Edit

Titles and styles Edit

  • 23 October 1991 – 30 April 2019 Her Imperial Highness Princess Mako of Akishino
  • 1 May 2019 – presentHer Imperial Highness Princess Mako

Honours Edit

  • Japan: Grand Cordon of the Order of the Precious Crown

References Edit

  1. [1]. The University Museum, The University of Tokyo
  2. GALLERY: The life of Princess Mako of Japan. Kyodo News
  3. Japanese royal to spend time in Dublin studying English. The Irish Times
  4. 「眞子さま、アイルランドから帰国 」. The Nikkei
  5. Their Imperial Highnesses Crown Prince and Crown Princess Akishino and their family. Imperial Household Agency website
  6. Princess Mako Graduates University. The Royal Forums
  7. Princess Mako celebrates her graduation from university. Royalista
  8. Princess Mako leaves for one year of study in England. Japan Today
  9. Japanese Princess attends graduation ceremony. University of Leicester
  10. Japan's Princess Mako to study at Edinburgh University. Deadline
  11. Princess Mako describes life at British university as 'fruitful'. The Japan Times
  12. 5 Facts About Princess Mako. Thailand Tatler
  13. ネットで大人気「眞子様萌え」! 宮内庁は困惑気味?. Yahoo!
  14. Japan's Princess Mako turns 20 and becomes newest adult member of Imperial Family. Telegraph
  15. Japan's Princess Mako starts Central America visit. Mail Online
  16. Japan's Princess Mako begins second official visit to Paraguay. Hoy San Diego
  17. Princess Mako begins a nine-day official visit to Bhutan. The Japan Times Online
  18. Princess Mako visits folk museum in Hungary with father Prince Akishino. The Japan Times
  19. Japanese Princess Mako Begins Visit do Brazil's Biggest City. The New York Times
  20. Japan's Princess Mako meets with Peruvian president. Kyodo News

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