Yuriko, Princess Mikasa

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Princess Mikasa
Princess Mikasa 2012-1-2.jpg
Princess Yuriko during the New Year Greeting on 2 January 2012
Born (1923-06-04) 4 June 1923 (age 93)
Tokyo, Japan
Spouse Takahito, Prince Mikasa (m. 1941)
Issue Princess Yasuko of Mikasa
Prince Tomohito of Mikasa
Yoshihito, Prince Katsura
Princess Masako of Mikasa
Norihito, Prince Takamado
Full name
Yuriko (百合子?)
House Imperial House of Japan
Father Masanari Takagi
Mother Kuniko Takagi
Religion Shinto
Japanese Imperial Family
Imperial Seal of Japan.svg

HIH The Prince Mikasa
HIH The Princess Mikasa

Yuriko, Princess Mikasa (崇仁親王妃百合子 Takahito Shinnōhi Yuriko?), born Yuriko Takagi (高木百合子 Takagi Yuriko?) on 4 June 1923, is the wife of Takahito, Prince Mikasa, the fourth son of Emperor Taishō and Empress Teimei, and through marriage, a member of the Imperial House of Japan. She is, therefore, a sister-in-law of Emperor Shōwa and an aunt of the present emperor, Akihito. The Princess is the second daughter of Viscount Masanari Takagi.


Princess Mikasa graduated from Gakushuin Women's Academy in 1941. The engagement of Takahito, Prince Mikasa and Yuriko Takagi was announced on 29 March 1941 and the engagement ceremony was held on 3 October 1941. The wedding ceremony held on 22 October 1941. The Prince and Princess have five children. In addition to their five children, they have nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren as of 2015.[1] The couple's two daughters left the imperial family upon marriage:


Princess Yuriko and children.
  • Princess Yasuko of Mikasa (甯子内親王 Yasuko Naishinno?, born 26 April 1944); married on 16 December 1966 to Mr. Tadateru Konoe, younger brother of former Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa and adopted grandson (and heir) of former Prime Minister Fumimaro Konoe, currently President of the Japanese Red Cross Society. They have a son named Tadahiro through whom Yuriko has three great-grandchildren. Following the marriage, Princess Yasuko gave up her imperial title and left the Imperial Family as required by 1947 Imperial Household Law, took the surname of her husband and became known as "Yasuko Konoe" (近衛やす子 Konoe Yasuko?).
  • Prince Tomohito of Mikasa (寬仁親王 Tomohito Shinnō?, 5 January 1946 – 6 June 2012); heir apparent; married on 7 November 1980 to Miss Nobuko Asō (born 9 April 1955), third daughter of the late Mr. Takakichi Asō, chairman of Aso Cement Co., and his wife, Kazuko, the daughter of former Prime Minister Yoshida Shigeru; had two daughters.
  • Yoshihito, Prince Katsura (桂宮宜仁親王 Katsura-no-miya Yoshihito Shinnō?, 11 February 1948 – 8 June 2014); created Katsura-no-miya on 1 January 1988.
  • Princess Masako of Mikasa (容子内親王 Masako Naishinnō?, born 23 October 1951); married on 14 October 1983 to Mr. Soshitsu Sen (born 7 June 1956), the elder son of Soshitsu Sen XV, and currently the sixteenth hereditary grand master (iemoto) of the Urasenke Japanese Tea Ceremony School; and has two sons, Akifumi and Takafumi, and a daughter, Makiko. Following the marriage, Princess Masako gave up her imperial title and left the Imperial Family as required by 1947 Imperial Household Law, took the surname of her husband and became known as "Masako Sen" (千容子 Sen Masako?).
  • Norihito, Prince Takamado (高円宮憲仁親王 Takamado-no-miya Norihito Shinnō?, 29 December 1954 – 21 November 2002); created Takamado-no-miya on 1 December 1984; married on 6 December 1984 to Miss Hisako Tottori (born 10 July 1953), eldest daughter of Mr. Shigejiro Tottori, former President of Mitsui & Co. in France; and had three daughters.

Public service[edit]

Princess Mikasa is honorary president of various charitable organisations, especially those concerned with the preservation of traditional Japanese culture. She also plays an active role in the Japanese Red Cross Society.[2]

In 1948 Princess Mikasa was appointed President of the Imperial Gift Foundation Boshi-Aiiku-kai and has attended a wide variety of events in Tokyo and regional Japan, where she offered her encouragement to a variety of people concerned with mother and child health and inquired about their situations.[2] In September 2010 she resigned from her position as President of the Imperial Gift Foundation Boshi-Aiiku-kai.[2]

Titles and styles[edit]

Styles of
Princess Mikasa
Mikasa-no-miya mon
Reference style Her Imperial Highness
Spoken style Your Imperial Highness
Alternative style Ma'am

Born as a daughter of Viscount Masanari Takagi, she was styled as The Honourable Yuriko Takagi. After her marriage, she is styled as Her Imperial Highness The Princess Mikasa.


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

National honours[edit]

Foreign honours[edit]

Honorary positions[edit]


Name Birth Marriage Issue
Princess Yasuko of Mikasa 26 April 1944 16 December 1966 Tadateru Konoe Tadahiro Konoe
Prince Tomohito of Mikasa 5 January 1946
died 6 June 2012
7 November 1980 Nobuko Asō Princess Akiko of Mikasa
Princess Yōko of Mikasa
Yoshihito, Prince Katsura 11 February 1948
died 8 June 2014
Princess Masako of Mikasa 23 October 1951 14 October 1983 Soshitsu Sen Akifumi Sen
Takafumi Sen
Makiko Sen
Norihito, Prince Takamado 29 December 1954
died 21 November 2002
6 December 1984 Hisako Tottori Princess Tsuguko of Takamado
Princess Noriko of Takamado
Princess Ayako of Takamado


External links[edit]

Order of precedence in Japan
Preceded by
The Princess Hitachi
HIH The Princess Mikasa
Succeeded by
Princess Tomohito of Mikasa