Princess Ayako of Takamado

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Princess Ayako
Princess Ayako of Takamado 2012-1-2.jpg
At the new year congratulatory imperial palace visit. 2 January 2012
Full name
Ayako (絢子?)
House Imperial House of Japan
Father Norihito, Prince Takamado
Mother Hisako, Princess Takamado
Born (1990-09-15) 15 September 1990 (age 24)
Aiiku Hospital, Tokyo, Japan
Religion Shinto
Japanese Imperial Family
Imperial Seal of Japan.svg

HIH The Prince Mikasa
HIH The Princess Mikasa

Princess Ayako of Takamado (絢子女王 Ayako Joō?, born 15 September 1990) is a member of the Imperial House of Japan and the daughter of Norihito, Prince Takamado and Hisako, Princess Takamado. She is the youngest of the couple's three daughters.[1][2]


At the Chōwaden Reception Hall (January 2, 2011)

Princess Ayako is the first member of the Imperial Family to be born in the Heisei era.

Princess Ayako attended the prestigious Gakushuin School for her primary, junior high, and high school education. While She was a student at Gakushuin Women’s High School, in 2007, she visited New Zealand under a school-sponsored homestay program. In April 2009, she enrolled in the Josai International University, Faculty of Social Work Studies.[3][4]

In 2010 and 2011 the Princess made short term visits to Camosun College in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, as part of exchange tours with Josai International University. In March 2013, Princess Ayako graduated Josai International University and was accepted into the graduate school. In September 2013, Princess Ayako returned to Camosun College to begin intensive English studies. She completed her studies in Canada in April 2014 and returned to Japan in June 2014.

She continues to attend ceremonies and functions at the palace when studies permit.

Titles and styles[edit]

Styles of
Princess Ayako of Takamado
Takamado no miya mon
Reference style Her Imperial Highness
Spoken style Your Imperial Highness
Alternative style Ma'am

Ayako is styled as "Her Imperial Highness Princess Ayako of Takamado".


See also List of honours of the Japanese Imperial Family by country

National honours[edit]



Princess Ayako of Takamado
Born: 15 September 1990
Order of precedence in Japan
Preceded by
Princess Tsuguko of Takamado
HIH Princess Ayako of Takamado
Succeeded by
Local precedence