Princess Noriko sets wedding date


Princess Noriko, second daughter of the late Prince Takamado and Princess Hisako, will be married in a Shinto wedding ceremony on Oct. 5 with Kunimaro Senge, eldest son of the chief priest of the Izumo Taisha Shrine in Shimane Prefecture, sources said Thursday.

The wedding is expected to take place at the shrine, where the Senge family has been in charge of its rituals for generations.

Princess Noriko, 25, and Senge, 40, announced their engagement May 27. The wedding date will be formally decided after fulfilling the betrothal ceremonies of Nosai-no-Gi and Kokki-no-Gi.

By marrying out of the royal family, the princess is required to leave it. Before the wedding, the Imperial Household Agency will determine how much money the nation should give her when she departs.

The princess will also have an audience with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. The Emperor was her father’s cousin.