Princess Yōko of Mikasa
Princess Yōko of Mikasa (瑶子女王 Yōko Joō?, born 25 October 1983) is a member of the Imperial House of Japan and the second daughter of Prince Tomohito of Mikasa and Princess Tomohito of Mikasa (Nobuko).
Princess Yōko attended the prestigious Gakushuin School for her primary, junior high, and high school education. The Princess is a graduate of the Gakushuin Women's College, Department of Foreign Relations.
She had subsequently been active in various volunteer activities, especially with the Japanese Red Cross Society, since December 2006 to November 2012. She was inaugurated as the Patron of the International association for Universal Design (IAUD) from August 2013. On 21 November 2013, Princess Yōko attended the ceremony commemorating the 10th anniversary of establishment of IAUD held in Yokohama city, Kanagawa prefecture. She took over the chair of the president from her father, Prince Tomohito. She was inaugurated as the Patron of the International association for Universal Design from August 2013 and also she was inaugurated as the President of the Social Welfare Organization Yuai Jyuji kai from January 2014.
In October 2003, she became an adult member of the Imperial Family and started attending official ceremonies and events in Japan with the other members of the Imperial Family, including garden parties and New Year's ceremonies.
A practitioner of the traditional Japanese martial art of kendō from an early age, the princess was selected to participate in exhibition tournaments in France and Germany in 2005, as well as the Aichi World’s fair held the same year. In July 2006, Princess Yōko attended the national convention Kendo Housewives.
Prince Tomohito's death
On 6 June 2012, Prince Tomohito died from multiple organ failure. His funeral ceremony, called "Renso no Gi," was held at the Toshimagaoka Imperial Cemetery in Bunkyo Ward and was attended by Princess Yōko and other members of the Imperial Family. In June 2013, the Imperial Household Agency said it has reduced the number of households in the Imperial family by one, following the passing of Prince Tomohito a year ago. The household led by the late Prince has been integrated into the one led Prince Mikasa. The step was applied retroactively from 6 June last year, the day of the Prince’s demise. As a result, the number of households in the Imperial family dropped to five, excluding those led by Emperor Akihito and Crown Prince Naruhito. The household integration will not change the living arrangements of the three former members of the late Prince’s household or the amount of living expenses they receive from state coffers, agency officials said.
Titles and styles
Princess Yōko of Mikasa
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- 25 October 1983 – present: Her Imperial Highness Princess Yōko of Mikasa
- Grand Cordon of the Order of the Precious Crown
|Ancestors of Princess Yōko of Mikasa|
- Their Imperial Highnesses Prince and Princess Mikasa and their family - Official website
- "10th anniversary of IAUD". imperialfamilyjapan.wordpress.com. Retrieved 2013-12-13.
- "Prince Tomohito's funeral draws 660 luminaries". Japan Times. Retrieved 9 January 2013.[dead link]
- "Prince’s 2012 passing reduces Imperial household families by one". Japan Times. Retrieved 2013-12-13.
Princess Yōko of MikasaBorn: 25 October 1983
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