After a three-year delay, Princess Mako finally married her university sweetheart Kei Komuro on Tuesday.
A royal wedding usually involves celebration and pageantry, a ceremony steeped in tradition at an ancient and palatial building, and flag-waving in the streets by a public eager to see the newlywed couple.
But for Princess Mako, there was none of that. There was only the perfunctory stamping of documents, followed by a muted press conference.
- What you need to know about the not-so-fairy tale of Princess Mako (Magdalena Osumi, The Japan Times)
- Imperial Household Agency criticized for media strategy — or lack thereof (Magdalena Osumi, The Japan Times)
- Princess Mako’s marriage a ‘warning sign’ for Japan’s imperial system (Ami Takahashi via The Japan Times)
- The world’s oldest monarchy is running out of royals (Marika Katanuma via The Japan Times )
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