|Princess Nori at Expo 2005|
|House||Imperial House of Japan|
18 April 1969 |
Sayako Kuroda (黒田清子 Kuroda Sayako , born 18 April 1969), formerly Princess Nori (紀宮清子内親王 Nori-no-miya Sayako Naishinnō ), is the third child and only daughter of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan. She held the childhood appellation "Nori no miya" (Princess Nori), until her marriage to Yoshiki Kuroda on 15 November 2005. As a result, she gave up her imperial title and left the Japanese Imperial Family, as required by law.
Education and career
Princess Sayako studied at and graduated from the Department of Japanese Language and Literature, Faculty of Letters, Gakushuin University, in 1992. Later in the year she was accepted as research associate at the Yamashina Institute for Ornithology, where she specialized in the study of kingfishers. In 1998, she was appointed researcher at the same institute. She contributed articles about birds to various academic works.
Apart from her research, she has traveled extensively abroad and within Japan, as a representative of the Imperial family.
Marriage and change in status
On 30 December 2004, the Imperial Household Agency announced the engagement of Princess Nori to the 40-year-old Yoshiki Kuroda, an urban designer with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and longtime friend of Prince Akishino. Upon her marriage, which took place at the Imperial Hotel, Tokyo on 15 November 2005, Princess Nori left the Imperial Family, taking the surname of her husband; he is the first non-aristocratic commoner to marry an Imperial Princess. This change in her status is mandated by the Imperial Household Law of 1947 that requires females of the Imperial Family to relinquish their title from birth, official membership in the Imperial Family, and allowance from the state upon marriage. The Emperor and Empress were in attendance at her wedding, as were Crown Prince Naruhito, Crown Princess Masako and other members of the Imperial Family.
Kuroda resigned from her job as an ornithologist in order to focus on her family life and potential motherhood. While she will no longer be entitled to an imperial allowance, she reportedly received a dowry worth US$1 million.
After the marriage
In April 2012, she was appointed as the temporary chief priestess of the Ise Grand Shrine to assist her aunt, Atsuko Ikeda, who was also subjected to the conditions of the Imperial Household Law upon marriage.
Titles and styles
Sayako, Princess Nori
(before her marriage)
|Reference style||Her Imperial Highness|
|Spoken style||Your Imperial Highness|
- 18 April 1969 – 15 November 2005: Her Imperial Highness The Princess Nori
- 15 November 2005 – present: Mrs. Yoshiki Kuroda
- Grand Cordon of the Order of the Precious Crown
|Ancestors of Sayako Kuroda|
- "Princess Sayako turns 35, voices relief over hostage release". Japan Policy & Politics. 19 April 2004. Retrieved 11 September 2013.
- News The Times, 12 November 2005
- "Japanese princess weds commoner", Daily Mail (London). 15 November 2005.
- "Mrs. Sayako Kuroda - chief priestess of the Ise Shrine". Jiji. 7 May 2012.
- Hello! magazine — Article on Sayako and Yoshiki Kuroda's wedding
- BBC News — The wedding takes place
- The princess and the people - The Scotsman