Toshiko Higashikuni

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In this Japanese name, the family name is Higashikuni.
Princess Yasu
HIH Princess Higashikuni Toshiko.jpg
Born (1896-05-11)11 May 1896
Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
Died 5 March 1978(1978-03-05) (aged 81)
Tokyo, Japan
Spouse Prince Naruhiko Higashikuni
Issue Prince Morihiro Higashikuni
Prince Moromasa Higashikuni
Prince Akitsune Higashikuni
Prince Toshihiko Higashikuni
Full name
Toshiko (聡子?)
House Imperial House of Japan
Father Emperor Meiji
Mother Sono Sachiko
Religion Shinto

Toshiko Higashikuni (東久邇聡子, Higashikuni Toshiko?), born Toshiko, Princess Yasu (泰宮聡子内親王, Yasu-no-miya Toshiko Naishinnō?, 11 May 1896 – 5 March 1978), was the fourteenth child and ninth daughter of Emperor Meiji of Japan and one of his consorts, Sono Sachiko.


Toshiko was born in Japan, the daughter of Emperor Meiji and Lady Sachiko. She held the childhood appellation "Yasu no miya" (Princess Yasu).

She married Prince Naruhiko Higashikuni on 18 May 1915. Emperor Meiji granted Prince Naruhiko the title Higashikuni-no-miya and permission to start a new branch of the imperial family before their marriage on 3 November 1906. The couple had four sons:

  1. Prince Higashikuni Morihiro (盛厚王, Morohiro Ō?, 6 May 1917 – 1 February 1969); married Princess Shigeko, the eldest daughter of Emperor Shōwa and Empress Kōjun.
  2. Prince Moromasa (師正王, Moromasa Ō?, 3 November 1918 – 1 September 1923); died in the Great Kantō earthquake.
  3. Prince Akitsune (彰常王, Akitsune Ō?, 13 May 1920 – 30 August 2006); renounced imperial title and created Marquis Awata Akitsune, 1940
  4. Prince Toshihiko (俊彦王, Toshihiko Ō?, 24 March 1929 – 15 April 2015); renounced imperial title and created Count Tarama Toshihiko, 1943; relocated to Lins, São Paulo, Brazil, 1950.

In October 1947, the Higashikuni and the other branches of the Imperial Family were divested of their titles and privileges during the American occupation of Japan and became commoners. Toshiko died on 5 March 1978, aged 81. She was the last surviving child of Emperor Meiji.

Titles and styles[edit]

Styles of
Toshiko, Princess Yasu
(before the abolition of titles in 1947)
Imperial Coat of Arms
Reference style Her Imperial Highness
Spoken style Your Imperial Highness
Alternative style Ma'am
  • 11 May 1896 – 18 May 1915: Her Imperial Highness The Princess Yasu
  • 18 May 1915 – 14 October 1947: Her Imperial Highness The Princess Higashikuni
  • 14 October 1947 – 5 March 1978: Mrs. Naruhiko Higashikuni


National honours[edit]