Princess Ayako married Kei Moriya at the Meiji Jingu Shrine

Princess Ayako of Japan got married to commoner Kei Moriya on Monday at a traditional ceremony at Meiji Jingu Shrine in Tokyo. The private ceremony was held in front of the Japanese Imperial Family, including her older sister Princess Tsuguko. Her name now becomes Ayako Moriya after signing marriage papers today. According to Japan's imperial law, female members of the royal family forfeit their titles, status and allowance if they choose to marry someone who does not have royal or aristocratic family ties. The same rule does not apply to male members of the royal family.
Princess Ayako of Japan got married to commoner Kei Moriya. She wore a large, multiple layered kimono and extravagant molded hair
Princess Ayako of Japan got married to commoner Kei Moriya. She wore a large, multiple layered kimono and extravagant molded hair
Princess Ayako of Japan got married to commoner Kei Moriya. She wore a large, multiple layered kimono and extravagant molded hair
Princess Ayako of Japan got married to commoner Kei Moriya. She wore a large, multiple layered kimono and extravagant molded hair
Princess Ayako of Japan got married to commoner Kei Moriya. She wore a large, multiple layered kimono and extravagant molded hair
Princess Ayako of Japan got married to commoner Kei Moriya. She wore a large, multiple layered kimono and extravagant molded hair

21 comments:

  1. Congratulations, I wish happiness to this lovely couple.

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  2. Gorgeous traditional dress. Her hair is unbelievable!

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    1. yes unbelievable.... but not very attractive at least for us Europeans

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    2. I sometimes wonder how the bride really feels about the traditional dress in situations like this. I mean, most of us are very proud of our various cultural heritages, etc. but sometimes you just want to go with a current, modern look. I know sometimes there are two "weddings;" one traditional dress and then one modern dress. And why don't the guy wear traditional garb for once?! (Sweden has this problem too.) I think if they both had on traditional dress here that would be a truly awesome look.

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    3. Strangely, men are the first to abandon traditional dress, leaving the onus of cultural preservation on the ladies. I’m South Asian and we see it all the time...women in traditional clothes, men in Western. I know many women enjoy their traditional garb like I do, but I find often find it sexist and cowardly of the men to not commit to traditional dress when their wives and daughters do. I really appreciate the Princess’ beautiful clothes and committal to the look.

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  3. I thought the Japanese wedding in October was planned to be between Princess Mako (!) and her commoner fiance Kei ??
    Surprised instead to see another Princess (Ayako) getting married to another Kei !
    It seems just to be a simple ceremony, when a princess marries a commoner. Much she gives up, but she looks so happy,they both do: Congratulations!

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    1. Anonymous, that seems to be a very, very sas Story. You are right, Princess Mako has a fiance, but the wedding is "postponed". There were news about this fiances mother and trouble, she is in or she caused.

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  4. Amazing traditional outfits! They look very happy.

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  5. Congratulations to them!
    It's nice, that she wears such traditional dresses.
    I think it's really unfair, that she looses her title and everything just because of wedding..

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  6. What a terrible hairdo!

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    1. Que croyez-vous qu’elle pense de la votre ? Pouvez-vous comprendre que c’est une tenue traditionnelle ,qu’elle ne se coiffe pas ainsi tous les jours et que les japonais,eux aime beaucoup cette coiffure .

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    2. the hairdo is special, but I guess, it's traditional and that makes it very, very lovely.

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    3. That hairdo looks like the wig that Count Dracula wore in Coppola's film. The plum coloured skirt she wears in the first foto with those bulky white socks are not very becoming however traditional they may be.

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    4. Sakurahime - you made me laugh with the comment about the Coppola-film! But you are right...

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  7. All the best wishes to them! What a lovely couple!
    At the same time I do admit I think of Princess Mako...

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    1. I also thought about Mako, so sad for her!

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  8. Beautiful Bride and Groom. Love the National Costumes. I like to extend my BEST WISHES for the future. Happy Couple.

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  9. They are a lovely couple and both look very happy. I wish them all the best and much happiness in the years ahead. Her traditional outfits are beautiful. I know that her hairdo is likely a modern version of a traditional style, but it does remind me of something out of 'Star Wars'. I am a big fan of those movies which is why I recognize the style.

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  10. I'm still sad for this other japanese princess, who postponed her wedding and where it's not clear if they are still into plans for marriage.. wish for her to be happy, too.

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