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« Reply #1080 on: January 03, 2018, 11:53:47 AM »

Was the marriage between the present emperor and the empress an arranged marriage?
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« Reply #1081 on: January 03, 2018, 05:35:24 PM »

Was the marriage between the present emperor and the empress an arranged marriage?


No, it wasn't here is a bit of history, Lille



1900
On 10 May 1900, 21-year-old Crown Prince Yoshihito married the 15-year-old Princess Kujō Sadako. The Princess – renowned for her intelligence and eloquence – was purportedly selected by the reigning Emperor Meiji to complement his son’s perceived flaws – among them, a lack of charisma and a disinterest in scholarly pursuits. The relations between the Emperor and Empress were positive, as evidenced by the Prince’s breaking with thousands of years of tradition in refusing concubines. The couple had four sons, and 12 years into marriage, the Crown Prince ascended the throne, where he reigned for 14 years.




1924
Crown Prince Hirohito – the then-21-year-old son of Emperor Taisho – married his distant cousin Princess Nagako Kuni in January 1924. Unlike the strictly arranged marriages of Japan’s imperial tradition, Prince Hirohito was allowed to choose his own bride – at the age of 14, she and other eligible girls of nobility participated in a tea ceremony while the Crown Prince watched through a peephole to make his selection. They were married seven years later, and Princess Nagako bore seven children.





1959
The current Emperor of Japan was married in April 1959 to Michiko Shōda. The marriage of the then-Crown Prince Akihito broke with tradition – his bride of choice was the first commoner to marry into the Japanese Imperial Family. The Empress Kojun was said to have been against the union, and consequently bullied her daughter-in-law into two nervous breakdowns. Three children were born to the couple, and upon the death of Emperor Hirohito on January 7, 1989, the Crown Prince Akihito became Japan's reigning 125th Emperor and she became Empress Consort.




1993
Naruhito, the reigning Crown Prince of Japan, was married in June 1993 to Masako Owada, who like her mother-in-law, is a commoner by birth. The Harvard-educated Crown Princess – fluent in six languages and formerly employed by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs – was said to have rejected the Prince’s proposals several times before finally honouring his request in December 1992, thus bringing her diplomatic career to an end.


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« Reply #1082 on: January 03, 2018, 06:24:45 PM »

They may not have been "arranged" marriages, but it's not like the emperor and crown prince went out on dates and hung out with friends and met cute somewhere.

Interesting fact:  Michiko had another man interested in her:  Mishima.  *That* would have been interesting.
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« Reply #1083 on: January 03, 2018, 06:28:38 PM »

of course they weren't hanging out and dating people, but it wasn't like they met their spouses on their wedding day in front of the altar. Or were told by their parents that they have to marry this person....amen, the end.

hence, my previous comment. Of course the brides were checked out an "approved", expecially before Akihito's time.
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« Reply #1084 on: January 03, 2018, 08:19:52 PM »

Was the marriage between the present emperor and the empress an arranged marriage?


No, it wasn't here is a bit of history, Lille



1900
On 10 May 1900, 21-year-old Crown Prince Yoshihito married the 15-year-old Princess Kujō Sadako. The Princess – renowned for her intelligence and eloquence – was purportedly selected by the reigning Emperor Meiji to complement his son’s perceived flaws – among them, a lack of charisma and a disinterest in scholarly pursuits. The relations between the Emperor and Empress were positive, as evidenced by the Prince’s breaking with thousands of years of tradition in refusing concubines. The couple had four sons, and 12 years into marriage, the Crown Prince ascended the throne, where he reigned for 14 years.




1924
Crown Prince Hirohito – the then-21-year-old son of Emperor Taisho – married his distant cousin Princess Nagako Kuni in January 1924. Unlike the strictly arranged marriages of Japan’s imperial tradition, Prince Hirohito was allowed to choose his own bride – at the age of 14, she and other eligible girls of nobility participated in a tea ceremony while the Crown Prince watched through a peephole to make his selection. They were married seven years later, and Princess Nagako bore seven children.





1959
The current Emperor of Japan was married in April 1959 to Michiko Shōda. The marriage of the then-Crown Prince Akihito broke with tradition – his bride of choice was the first commoner to marry into the Japanese Imperial Family. The Empress Kojun was said to have been against the union, and consequently bullied her daughter-in-law into two nervous breakdowns. Three children were born to the couple, and upon the death of Emperor Hirohito on January 7, 1989, the Crown Prince Akihito became Japan's reigning 125th Emperor and she became Empress Consort.




1993
Naruhito, the reigning Crown Prince of Japan, was married in June 1993 to Masako Owada, who like her mother-in-law, is a commoner by birth. The Harvard-educated Crown Princess – fluent in six languages and formerly employed by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs – was said to have rejected the Prince’s proposals several times before finally honouring his request in December 1992, thus bringing her diplomatic career to an end.




Thank you, PeDe Star
I know very little about the imperial family. Interesting to learn more. They seem strangely robotic to me.
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« Reply #1085 on: January 03, 2018, 10:47:27 PM »

Kojun sounds like the mother-in-law from hell.. Michiko had two nervous breakdowns thanks to her?!? Anyone know more?
Unfortunately I know very little about this family, though Michiko's story has always been intriguing.

Interestingly I see no traditional dress in 1900 and 1924, unless they do several ceremonies or these pic and painting were taken for something other than (one of?) the marriage festivities..
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« Reply #1086 on: January 04, 2018, 04:40:31 AM »

Very interesting information about Hirohito and Nagako engagement
http://www.kafkaesqueblog...com/tag/emperor-hirohito/
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« Reply #1087 on: January 05, 2018, 09:52:40 PM »



since Akihito will be abdicating, and Empress Michiko is no longer wearing tiaras, I wondered if they will give Masako access to the vault





The Meiji Scroll Tiara







Japanese Honeysuckle Tiara







The Imperial Chrysanthemum Tiara


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« Reply #1088 on: January 05, 2018, 09:55:04 PM »


Masako received the Sunburst Tiara as wedding present from the Empress








but for the wedding itself, she wore The Diamond Scroll Tiara









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« Reply #1089 on: January 05, 2018, 09:59:32 PM »

Empress Michiko might not have lots of tiaras available, but she like to indulge in brooches  Cute






























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« Reply #1090 on: January 05, 2018, 10:12:35 PM »

other Japanese Royals and their tiaras



Diamond Scroll Tiara worn by Empress Kojun of Japan



Princess Hitachi of Japan wearing the Pearl & Diamond Fringe Tiara



Princess Noriko of Japan wearing the Pearl & Diamond Wave Tiara




Princess Nori Diamond Tiara


Crown Princess Bangja            Sayako Kuroda




Pearl & Diamond Tiara worn by Princess Takamado



so the deal seems to be, that when a female unmarried member of the IF turns twenty, she officially reaches adulthood, and receives a Tiara set from the Emperor (tiara & necklace & brooch & earrings)

when she marries a commoner, her tiara set goes back to the IF, and then is given unchanged or a bit altered to the next generations.  Thinking


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« Reply #1091 on: January 10, 2018, 05:37:05 PM »

January 10
The JIF attended the ceremony of the Kousho Hajime held at Imperial Palace.
The Ceremony of the Kousho Hajime (Imperial New Year's Lectures) takes place every January at the Imperial Palace in the presence of the Emperor and Empress. Crown Princess Masako attended for the first time in 15 years.














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« Reply #1092 on: January 10, 2018, 06:43:05 PM »

The women are dressed so austerely - it makes me think of one of those "Sister Wives"-ish LDS cults. It would be such a bummer to be in this family, I think. I don't feel like there's a secret area where they all hang out and let loose - like in Arab cultures where in public (wealthy) women are modest but in private they party and wear fancy designer clothes and are very glamorous.
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« Reply #1093 on: January 10, 2018, 07:36:38 PM »

The outfit of Masako looks familiar
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« Reply #1094 on: January 10, 2018, 10:07:22 PM »

at least the ladies add some colors in the whole decor,i like this pic
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