National Jul 4, 2014

Traditional ceremony held for Princess Noriko's engagement

Princess Noriko, a daughter of Emperor Akihito's late cousin Prince Takamado, became engaged Friday at a traditional ceremony to a senior priest of Izumo-taisha, one of Japan's most important shrines. The "Nosai no Gai" ceremony involves an exchange of gifts. More ceremonies will follow ahead ...

National Jun 6, 2014

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 ...

National May 28, 2014

Wedding to commoner highlights royal dilemma

The announcement Tuesday that Princess Noriko is engaged to marry a commoner was greeted warmly around the nation, but it has also fueled concern that the Imperial family is losing another member and will have fewer royals to carry out public duties. "Since my childhood ...

Princess Noriko to wed son of Izumo-Taisha chief priest

National May 27, 2014

Princess Noriko to wed son of Izumo-Taisha chief priest

Princess Noriko, second daughter of Princess Hisako and the late Prince Takamado, has become engaged to the eldest son of the chief priest of Izumo-Taisha, the grand shrine in Izumo, Shimane Prefecture, the Imperial Household Agency said on Tuesday. Princess Noriko, 25, and Kunimaro Senge, ...