Masako Sen

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In this Japanese name, the family name is Sen.
Born (1951-10-23) 23 October 1951 (age 65)
Tokyo, Japan
Spouse Soshitsu Sen (m. 1983)
Issue Akifumi Sen
Makiko Sen
Takafumi Sen
Full name
Masako (容子?)
House Imperial House of Japan
Father Takahito, Prince Mikasa
Mother Yuriko, Princess Mikasa
Religion Shinto

Masako Sen (千容子, Sen Masako?, born 23 October 1951), formerly Princess Masako of Mikasa (容子内親王, Masako Naishinnō?), is the fourth child and second daughter of Takahito, Prince Mikasa and Yuriko, Princess Mikasa.[1] She married Soshitsu Sen on 14 October 1983. As a result, she gave up her imperial title and left the Japanese Imperial Family, as required by law.


For her early education as a child, Sen attended Gakushuin Elementary School and then Gakushuin Women's Secondary School. She later enrolled in the Department of Japanese Language and Literature, Faculty of Letters, Gakushuin University. After completing three years, she was sent to a boarding school in Switzerland and moved to Paris for studying in the University of Sorbonne.

Marriage and family[edit]

Princess Masako married Soshitsu Sen (b. 1956) on 14 October 1983. Upon her marriage, she left the Imperial Family and took the surname of her husband.[1] Soshitsu Sen is the elder son of Soshitsu Sen XV, and currently the sixteenth hereditary grand master (Iemoto) of the Urasenke, Japanese Tea Ceremony School.

The couple have two sons and one daughter:

  1. Akifumi Kikuchi (born 10 November 1984)
  2. Makiko Sen (born 11 July 1987)
  3. Takafumi Sen (born 6 July 1990)

Titles and styles[edit]

Styles of
Princess Masako of Mikasa
(before her marriage)
Mikasa-no-miya mon
Reference style Her Imperial Highness
Spoken style Your Imperial Highness
Alternative style Ma'am
  • 23 October 1951 – 14 October 1983: Her Imperial Highness Princess Masako of Mikasa
  • 14 October 1983 – present: Mrs. Soshitsu Sen


National honours[edit]