Princess Mako of Akishino

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Princess Mako
Princess Mako of Akishino 2012-1-2.jpg
At the new year congratulatory imperial palace visit. 2 January 2012
Born (1991-10-23) 23 October 1991 (age 24)
Imperial Household Agency Hospital, Tokyo, Japan
Full name
Mako (眞子?)
House Imperial House of Japan
Father Fumihito, Prince Akishino
Mother Kiko, Princess Akishino
Religion Shinto
Japanese Imperial Family
Imperial Seal of Japan.svg

HIH The Prince Mikasa
HIH The Princess Mikasa

Princess Mako of Akishino (眞子内親王 Mako Naishinnō?, born 23 October 1991) is the first child and oldest daughter of Fumihito, Prince Akishino and Kiko, Princess Akishino, and a member of the Japanese Imperial Family. She is the eldest grandchild of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko.


Childhood and adolescence[edit]

Princess Mako was educated at the prestigious Gakushuin School in her primary, junior high, and high school years. She studied English at University College Dublin in 2010[1] and the University of Edinburgh in 2012.[2][3][4] She graduated from the International Christian University in Tokyo on 26 March 2014 with a degree in Art and Cultural Heritage.[5][6]

She has been something of an internet idol since 2004, when images of her in sailor fuku appeared on television. An image repository was set up, and a video featuring fanart of Princess Mako was uploaded onto the popular video-sharing website Nico Nico Douga, attracting over 340,000 views and 86,000 comments. The Imperial Household Agency, responding to a request for comment, stated that they are not sure how they should handle this phenomenon, since they see no signs of slander or insults against the Imperial Family.[7]

In August 2006 she visited Austria for two weeks on a school-sponsored homestay program. Accompanied by her father, she participated in her first official function, a religious ceremony at the Ise Shrine, later that year.[8] Princess Mako has a younger sister, Princess Kako, and a younger brother, Prince Hisahito.


In 2011, Mako came of age and was conferred Grand Cordon of the Order of the Precious Crown in October. Since then, she has been attending official events as an adult member of the Imperial Family.[9]

She graduated from the Division of Arts and Science of the College of Liberal Arts at the International Christian University in March 2014.[10] On 17 September 2014, Princess Mako left for the United Kingdom where she studied museology at the University of Leicester for a year.[11]

In January 2016, Princess Mako was awarded a Postgraduate degree in Museum studies at the University of Leicester[12]

She is able to communicate using Japanese sign language and is interested in the deaf community, like her mother.[13]

Titles and styles[edit]

Styles of
Princess Mako of Akishino
Akisino no miya mon
Reference style Her Imperial Highness
Spoken style Your Imperial Highness
Alternative style Ma'am

Mako is styled as "Her Imperial Highness Princess Mako of Akishino".


See also List of honours of the Japanese Imperial Family by country

National honours[edit]



External links[edit]

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