Emperor's daughter becomes supreme priestess at Ise Shrine

/ Jun 21, 2017

Emperor's daughter becomes supreme priestess at Ise Shrine

Sayako Kuroda, the daughter of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, assumed the post of supreme priestess at Ise Shrine this week, the ancient Shinto shrine said. Kuroda, 48, on Monday officially replaced the 86-year-old Atsuko Ikeda, elder sister of the Emperor, who served in the ...

Imperial Household Agency mulls expansion in staff for abdication

Jun 10, 2017

Imperial Household Agency mulls expansion in staff for abdication

The Imperial Household Agency is considering asking for more personnel to deal with the extra work expected for the abdication of Emperor Akihito. After passing on the Chrysanthemum Throne to Crown Prince Naruhito, Emperor Akihito is set to become joko, a title used for retired ...

Princess Mako returns from nine-day trip to Bhutan

Jun 8, 2017

Princess Mako returns from nine-day trip to Bhutan

Princess Mako, granddaughter of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, returned to Japan on Thursday after a nine-day official trip to Bhutan. The princess arrived in the morning on a commercial flight that landed at Tokyo's Haneda airport. During her stay in Bhutan, the 25-year-old princess, clad ...