Princess Mako, fiance all smiles as engagement is finally official

04 September, 2017, 11:03 | Author: Courtney Perry
  • Princess Mako the elder daughter of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko will forsake her royalty to marry fiancé Kei Komuro a commoner she met at International Christian University in Tokyo

The Princess revealed that she met Komuro in a University in Tokyo during her freshman year.

Nobuyasu Sato, who was Komuro's homeroom teacher when he was a fifth and sixth grader at an elementary school affiliated with Kunitachi College of Music, said Komuro was a "tender-hearted child" and that his caring attitude to the princess at the couple's press conference showed that his nature has not changed.

The two met during their freshman year and became close in 2012 when they took part in an orientation session for study overseas programs. Since then she has attended official events as a member of the royal family, visiting victims of the 2011 Tohoku natural disaster and tsunami.

The agency, which initially planned to disclose to the public the couple's informal engagement in autumn this year or later, moved up the schedule to July 8, following a flurry of media reports that preparations were under way for the engagement of Princess Mako and Komuro.

Princess Mako and Komuro graduated from ICU in 2014.

Kei Komuro, Princess Mako's fiance, described her as someone who quietly watches over him "like the moon".

A Japanese princess will be cast out of the royal enclave when she marries her commoner betrothed.

'Having a family still goes beyond my imagination, but I hope to make one that is warm, comfortable and filled with smiles, ' Princess Mako said.


"I was aware since my childhood that I'll leave a royal status once I marry", Princess Mako said. The princess attended the University of Edinburgh, while Komuro, 25, attended the University of California.

Over time, she said she learned he is 'a honest, strong-minded, hard worker, and he has a big heart, ' Mako said.

Mako is a part-time researcher at the University of Tokyo's University Museum.

She also knows sign language and works with the deaf community alongside her mother.

Mr Komuro said he was so thankful and happy to have been accepted by her parents, and her grandparents, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko.

Their engagement will become official in Imperial terms after Komuro's messenger visited the princess' Imperial residence with gifts.

Princess Mako of Akishino is the eldest granddaughter of Emperor Akihito from his second son, Prince Akishino. Her younger brother, Prince Hisahito, is the third in line to the throne after their uncle, Naruhito, Crown Prince of Japan, and their father.

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