Princess Tsuguko of Takamado

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Princess Tsuguko of Takamado (承子女王, Tsuguko Joō, born 8 March 1986) is a member of the Imperial House of Japan and the eldest daughter of Norihito, Prince Takamado, and Hisako, Princess Takamado.


At the Chōwaden Reception Hall (2 January 2009)

Princess Tsuguko was born on 8 March 1986 at Aiiku Hospital in Minami-Azabu, Tokyo. She graduated from the Gakushuin Primary School, Gakushuin Girls' Junior and Senior High School. After that, she entered the Faculty of Intercultural Studies of Gakushuin Women's College, but dropped out in March 2005. She attended the University of Edinburgh in Scotland from 13 April 2004 to 1 July 2008, where she studied criminal psychology and sociology,[1][2] but dropped out.[3][4][5]

In 2006, Princess Tsuguko represented the Imperial family at the Silver Wedding anniversary celebrations of Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg.

In 2008, she was included as 15th on the list of "The 20 Hottest Young Royals" as compiled by Forbes magazine, the list ranking young unmarried royals by "international Web and media presence as well as family wealth".[1]

In May 2015, she visited Watari Town, Watari District, Miyagi Prefecture, which had been damaged because of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, with her mother Hisako. She visited and inspected the 2nd Regional Coast Guard Headquarters of the Japan Coast Guard. After that, she also visited the Marine Rescue Miyagi, the regional organization of Marine Rescue Japan (Her mother Hisako officiates as Honorary President[6]), laid flowers to the victims and gave a message of sympathy to the members.[7] In August 2011, she attended the 28th Tokyo Disabilities Comprehensive Art Exhibition held in the main store of the Seibu Department Stores located in Ikebukuro, Toshima, Tokyo, with her mother Hisako. She was also taken in the photo with the laureate.[8]

In March 2013, Princess Tsuguko graduated from the School of International Liberal Studies, Waseda University with a bachelor's degree.[9] She works at the Japan Committee for UNICEF from April 2013.[10] She attends ceremonies and functions at the Imperial Palace and accompanies her mother to some other official events.[11] In August 2013, she visited Sri Lanka at the invitation of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Japan and Sri Lanka celebrated 60 years of diplomatic relations between those two countries in 2012. Tsuguko was also warmly welcomed by First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa.[12]

Titles and styles[edit]

Mon of the Takamado branch of the Imperial Family

Tsuguko is styled as Her Imperial Highness Princess Tsuguko of Takamado.


National honours[edit]



  1. ^ a b "The 20 Hottest Young Royals - 15. Princess Tsuguko". Forbes. 2008-05-27. Retrieved 2008-06-04.
  2. ^ "Personal History of Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado and her family". Imperial Household Agency. Retrieved 2009-04-13.
  3. ^ 天皇・皇族の外国ご訪問一覧表(平成11年〜平成20年)Imperial Household Agency
  4. ^ 憲仁親王妃久子殿下(高円宮)』 Imperial Household Agency
  5. ^ 承子さま、留学からご帰国 - MSN産経ニュースSankei Digital July 1, 2008
  6. ^ "名誉総裁 日本水難救済会". Public Interest Incorporated Association Marine Rescue Japan. Retrieved 2016-04-12.
  7. ^ "「日本水難救済会名誉総裁・高円宮妃久子殿下及び承子女王殿下が 宮城県にお成りになり水難救済会をお見舞いされました」" (PDF). Public Interest Incorporated Association Marine Rescue Japan. Retrieved April 12, 2016."ご献花,お見舞い及び被災状況ご視察(宮城県水難救済会亘理救難所仮事務所(亘理町))". Imperial Household Agency. May 30, 2011. Retrieved April 12, 2016.
  8. ^ "東京都福祉保健局ホームページ「福祉保健2011年8月号」". Tokyo Metropolitan Government. August 2011. Retrieved April 12, 2016.
  9. ^ "承子さま、絢子さまが今月大学ご卒業 - 産経ニュース". Sankei News (in Japanese). Sankei Shimbun. March 4, 2013. Retrieved April 11, 2016.
  10. ^ "高円宮家の承子さま 日本ユニセフ協会に就職へ". Tele-Asa news (in Japanese). TV Asahi. March 15, 2013. Archived from the original on April 22, 2016. Retrieved April 11, 2016.
  11. ^ "Imperial Family Attends Spring Garden Party". Royal Hats blog. April 18, 2014.
  12. ^ "Japanese Princess Visits Sri Lanka". Royal Hats blog. August 21, 2013.

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