Japanese royal family
Princess Aiko of Japan is about to come of age
In Japan, children do not reach adulthood until they are twenty years old. For Princess Aiko, her birthday was a special event.
Celebrating their coming of age Japanese Princess Aiko, the only daughter of Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako, honored the gods of Japan and participated in dignified ceremonies at court.
With a loving look, Tino, 61, gifted his daughter, who turned 20 on December 1 and thus of adulthood, the “Noble Crown of the Crown” on the shoulder strap on Sunday, the conservative House of Representatives court office announced. .
The ceremonial wreath was on loan
After a pilgrimage to Shinto shrines, where her imperial ancestors and the gods of Japan are honored, the young princess appeared before the court photographers in a long white dress and tiara and thanked the representatives of the press with a smile.
The parties She was officially booked four days after her actual birthday, because Aiko was taking classes at her university that day and shouldn’t be bothered. Aiko has been studying Japanese language and literature at Gakuchoin University in Tokyo since last year.
The princess had borrowed the wreath for her majority party from her aunt Sayako Kuroda, because she did not want to make a new wreath in consideration of the suffering of the population due to the Corona crisis. Her aunt, the Emperor’s sister, no longer belongs to the imperial family because she married a commoner in 2005, thus becoming a private figure.
According to the current house yard law Women Not even on the throne, but only men of the male imperial dynasty. But the world’s oldest hereditary monarchy is slowly running out of its descendants. There are currently only three candidates in theory to succeed Aiko’s father on the throne: his brother, Crown Prince Akishino (56), his 15-year-old son Prince Hisahito, and his 85-year-old uncle Masahito.
Could Aiko become empress one day?
Hisahito – the first prince of Japan in 41 years – is the only remaining male member of the younger generation of the imperial family. Under this situation, voices are growing in Japan to allow women also to ascend the throne. If that were the case, Iko would one day become Empress.
As a member of the age court, Aiko will take over the official duties from now on. According to the court’s plans, she will appear to the public for the first time as an adult member of the imperial family on New Year’s Eve. Soon, in April, the age of majority in Japan will be lowered from the current 20 to 18.