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Tradition reigns as Japan’s Princess Ayako and commoner Kei Moriya set wedding date

The date of the October 29 nuptials was announced in a formal ‘Kokki no Gi’ rite

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 19 September, 2018, 2:38pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 September, 2018, 9:36pm

The date of the wedding between Japan’s Princess Ayako, the youngest daughter of Emperor Akihito’s late cousin, and commoner Kei Moriya was officially set for October 29 in a traditional ceremony held Wednesday.

In the “Kokki no Gi” rite held at the Takamado residence in Tokyo, a relative of Moriya acting as his messenger announced the date to Ayako in the presence of her mother Princess Hisako. It was one of a string of traditional rites preceding their marriage.

“I gratefully accept,” the 28-year-old princess told 76-year-old Tatsuya Kondo, a former head of the Centre Hospital of the National Centre for Global Health and Medicine, according to the Imperial Household Agency.

The wedding between Ayako and Moriya, 32, will take place at Tokyo’s Meiji Shrine and will be attended by imperial family members including Princess Hisako, the widow of the late Prince Takamado, and Princess Tsuguko, the eldest sister of the bride.

The day after the nuptials, a banquet to be attended by Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako as well as the heads of the three branches of government will be held at Hotel New Otani in Tokyo.

According to the agency, the princess and her fiancé are busy preparing for a series of ceremonies and their life at a new residence after their marriage. They do not plan to take a honeymoon.

After the marriage, Princess Ayako will leave the imperial family, as the Imperial House Law stipulates women lose their royal status after marrying a commoner.

Among other ceremonies in the run-up to their marriage are “Kashikodokoro Koreiden Shinden ni Essuru no Gi,” in which Princess Ayako will pay respects at the three palace sanctuaries for the last time as a member of the imperial family, and “Choken no Gi,” in which she will express her appreciation to the emperor and the empress.