Noriko (then Princess Noriko) in 2013
22 July 1988 |
Aiiku Hospital, Tokyo, Japan
|Spouse||Kunimaro Senge (m. 2014)
Senge Kunimaro (千家国麿?)
|House||Imperial House of Japan|
|Father||Norihito, Prince Takamado|
|Mother||Hisako, Princess Takamado|
Noriko Senge (Japanese: 千家典子 Hepburn: Senge Noriko?, born 22 July 1988), formerly Princess Noriko of Takamado (典子女王 Noriko Joō?), is a former member of the Imperial House of Japan and the second daughter of Norihito, Prince Takamado and Hisako, Princess Takamado. She married Kunimaro Senge, a commoner, on 5 October 2014. As a result, she gave up her imperial title and left the Japanese Imperial Family, as required by law.
After her birth, her father, Prince Takamado, chose her name. She went to Gakushuin Kindergarten. After that she attended the prestigious Gakushuin School for her primary, junior high, and high school education.
In July 2008, she came of age and attended official ceremonies in Japan with the other members of the Imperial Family. She attended official functions at the palace and accompanied her mother to some other official events, as well as attending some on her own. On 20 March 2011, she graduated from Gakushuin University with the B.A. degree in Psychology.
On 27 May 2014, she announced her engagement to Kunimaro Senge (千家国麿 Senge Kunimaro?, born 2 September 1973), a kannushi for the Izumo-taisha shrine. The two married on 5 October at the shrine. The robes worn by Princess Noriko during the procession and for the wedding ceremony were given to her grandmother Princess Mikasa by Empress Teimei upon her betrothal. After the wedding, Princess Noriko lost her imperial status. This change in her status is mandated by the Imperial Household Act 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 to a commoner. On 6 October 2014, the private wedding reception for Kunimaro Senge and Noriko Senge took place at Hotel Ichihata in Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture. About 280 guests including family and friends attended the reception. On 8 October 2014, the wedding banquet for the newlyweds took place at Hotel New Otani in Tokyo. The members of the Imperial Family attended the banquet. The government decided to bestow a one-time ¥106.75 million allowance on the couple.
Titles and styles
Princess Noriko of Takamado
(before her marriage)
|Reference style||Her Imperial Highness|
|Spoken style||Your Imperial Highness|
Prior to her marriage on 5 October 2014, she was styled as Her Imperial Highness Princess Noriko of Takamado. After her marriage, she became known as Mrs. Kunimaro Senge, having adopted her husband's surname.
|Ancestors of Noriko Senge|
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- "Personal History of Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado and her family". Imperial Household Agency. Retrieved 19 May 2012.
- "Imperial Family Attends Spring Garden Party". Royal Hats blog.
- "Wedding Bells to Ring for Japanese Princess". Wall Street Journal Japan.
- "Princess Noriko marries son of Izumo Taisha priest, relinquishes royal status". Retrieved 5 October 2014.
- "Marriage of Her Imperial Highness Princess Noriko of Takamado - Wedding Ceremony at the Izumo Oyasahiro Shrine in Shimane Prefecture". The Imperial Household Agency. Retrieved 16 May 2015.
- "Private Wedding Reception". Retrieved 1 December 2014.
- "Wedding Banquet". Retrieved 1 December 2014.
- "Photo of Noriko wearing the peony of the Order of the Precious Crown". Imperial Family of Japan.
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