Princess Ayako Takeda

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Princess Ayako Takeda in 1930

Princess Ayako Takeda (禮子女王 Ayako Joō?, July 4, 1913 – September 3, 2003) was a granddaughter of Emperor Meiji and Sono Sachiko. She was niece of Emperor Taisho and his wife Empress Teimei, Fusako Kitashirakawa and her husband Prince Kitashirakawa Naruhisa, Princess Nobuko Asaka and her husband Prince Yasuhiko Asaka, and Toshiko Higashikuni and her husband Prince Naruhiko Higashikuni. She was a daughter of Princess Masako Takeda and her husband Prince Tsunehisa Takeda and the sister of Prince Tsuneyoshi Takeda.[1]

She married Count Sano Tsunemitsu and had four children.

Takeda died on September 3, 2003. Her grave is in Aoyama Cemetery, and the stone is marked with her Christian name, Maria (マリヤ).


  1. ^ 天皇家の饗宴 - p152 秋山徳蔵 - 1978 "一方、十入の皇女のうち成人なさったのは第六皇女の常宮昌子内親王、第七皇女周宮一: 16 子内親王、第八皇女富美宮允子内親王、第九皇女泰宮聰子内親王の四人で、昌子内親王は竹田宮恆久王と、房子内親王は北白川宮成久王と、そして允子内親王は ...