Princess Masako Takeda

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Princess Masako
Princess Tsune
HIH Princess Takeda Masako 2.jpg
Spouse Prince Tsunehisa Takeda
Issue Prince Tsuneyoshi Takeda
Princess Ayako Takeda
Full name
Masako (昌子?)
House Imperial House of Japan
Father Emperor Meiji
Mother Sono Sachiko
Born (1888-09-30)30 September 1888
Tokyo, Japan
Died 8 March 1940(1940-03-08) (aged 51)
Tokyo, Japan
Religion Shinto

Princess Masako Takeda (恒久王妃昌子内親王 Tsunehisa Ōhi Masako naishinnō?), born Masako, Princess Tsune (常宮昌子内親王 Tsune-no-miya Masako Naishinnō?, 30 September 1888 – 8 March 1940), was the tenth child and sixth daughter of Emperor Meiji of Japan and one of his consorts, Lady Sachiko.


Princess Masako (right) and Princess Fusako (left). Princess Masako is wearing the uniform for women of the Navy.

She was born in Japan, daughter of Emperor Meiji and Lady Sachiko. She held the childhood appellation "Tsune no miya" (Princess Tsune).

Her future husband, Prince Tsunehisa Takeda, was the eldest son of Prince Kitashirakawa Yoshihisa and thus the brother of Prince Kitashirakawa Naruhisa. Emperor Meiji authorized Prince Tsunehisa to start a new princely house in March 1906, largely to provide a household with suitable status for his sixth daughter Princess Tsune. Prince Takeda married Princess Masako on 30 April 1908, by whom he had a son and a daughter:

  1. Prince Tsuneyoshi Takeda (竹田宮恒徳王 Takeda-no-miya Tsuneyoshi Ō?) (1909–1992)
  2. Princess Ayako Takeda (禮子女王 Ayako Joō?), (1911–2003), married Count Sano Tsunemitsu.

She died on 8 March 1940, aged 51.

Titles and styles[edit]

Styles of
Masako, Princess Tsune
Imperial Coat of Arms
Reference style Her Imperial Highness
Spoken style Your Imperial Highness
Alternative style Ma'am
  • 30 September 1888 – 30 April 1908: Her Imperial Highness The Princess Tsune
  • 30 April 1908 – 12 May 1934: Her Imperial Highness The Princess Takeda
  • 12 May 1934 – 8 March 1940: Her Imperial Highness The Dowager Princess Takeda


National honours[edit]