Princess Kako of Akishino

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Princess Kako of Akishino (佳子内親王, Kako Naishinnō, born 29 December 1994) is the second daughter of Fumihito, Prince Akishino and Kiko, Princess Akishino, and a member of the Japanese Imperial Family.[1] She is the second-eldest grandchild of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko.


Princess Kako on the occasion of the Emperor's Birthday, 22 December 2016

Princess Kako was born on 29 December 1994 at Imperial Household Agency Hospital in Tokyo Imperial Palace, Chiyoda, Tokyo. In April 2001, Princess Kako began Gakushuin Primary School and graduated in March 2007. Princess Kako entered Gakushuin Girls' Senior High School Tokyo in April 2007 and graduated in March 2013.[2] In April 2013, she attended the entrance ceremony of Gakushuin University and began her life as an undergraduate student.[3] In August 2014, she quit the Department of Education, the Faculty of Letters, Gakushuin University and passed the entrance examination to the International Christian University (ICU), her older sister's alma mater.[4] On 2 April 2015, the Princess attended the entrance ceremony of the university in Tokyo.[5]

From 7 to 21 August 2003, Kako went to Thailand with her parents and sister for the 71st birthday celebration of Queen Sirikit and for conferment of an honorary fellowship from Ubon Ratchathani University, and for joint research on poultry.[6]

She has an older sister, Princess Mako, and a younger brother, Prince Hisahito.

Kako participated in figure skating while in primary school.[7] In 2007, she represented the Meiji-jingu Gaien Figure Skating Club and joined the Spring Cup Figure Skating Competition held by the Japan Skating Federation. Princess Kako ranked top in the Shinjuku division (Female Group B - Primary School Year Six or above).[8]

In 2017, Princess Kako decided to follow in the footsteps of her older sister and travel to the United Kingdom in the autumn to begin studying for a degree at The University of Leeds. She will do a combination of Performing Arts and Psychology Honours while she completes her study abroad programme.[9]

Titles and styles[edit]

Styles of
Princess Kako of Akishino
Akisino no miya mon
Reference styleHer Imperial Highness
Spoken styleYour Imperial Highness

Kako is styled as Her Imperial Highness Princess Kako of Akishino.


National honours[edit]



  1. ^ "Their Imperial Highnesses Prince and Princess Akishino and their family". Imperial Household Agency. Retrieved 2012-03-12.
  2. ^ "「充実した3年間を…」佳子さま学習院女子高を卒業". テレビ朝日 | テレ朝news. Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2017-06-02.
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ 佳子さま 国際基督教大学を受験へ (in Japanese). NHK. September 11, 2014. Archived from the original on September 11, 2014. Retrieved September 11, 2014.
  5. ^ "Princess Kako's New Campus Life". Retrieved 2015-05-13.
  6. ^ List of Overseas Visits by the Emperor, Empress and Imperial Family (1999 – 2008)
  7. ^ "Transcript of Press Interview by Their Imperial Highnesses Prince and Princess Akishino held shortly before the Birthday of HIH Prince Akishino". 24 November 2006. Archived from the original on 27 October 2007. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
  8. ^ 2007 Figure Skating Spring Cup Competition Result - Shinjuku division (female Group B: Primary School Year Six or above) Archived 2016-03-03 at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ Japan Today
  10. ^ Celebration of Princess Kako

External links[edit]

"Their Imperial Highnesses Prince and Princess Akishino and their family". at the Imperial Household Agency website.

Princess Kako of Akishino
Born: 29 December 1994
Order of precedence in Japan
Preceded by
Princess Mako of Akishino
HIH Princess Kako of Akishino
Succeeded by
The Princess Hitachi