Japanese Princess Ayako Gets Married

Society

Tokyo, Oct. 29 (Jiji Press)--A wedding ceremony for Japanese Princess Ayako and Kei Moriya, a commoner who works for major shipping firm Nippon Yusen K.K. <9101>, was held at Meiji Jingu, a major Shinto shrine in central Tokyo, on Monday.

Princess Ayako, 28, the third daughter of the late Prince Takamado and Princess Hisako, and Moriya, 32, made wedding vows in the ceremony at the shrine's Kaguraden hall.

It was the first marriage for a female member of the Imperial Family since the 2014 marriage of Noriko Senge, now 30, formerly Princess Noriko, the second daughter of the late Prince Takamado, a cousin of Emperor Akihito.

"I'm very happy to be celebrated by many people," Princess Ayako told reporters after the ceremony, which was attended by relatives from both families, including Princess Hisako.

Tatsuya Kondo, 76, a relative of Moriya, visited the residence of the Takamado family in Tokyo around 9:30 a.m. (12:30 a.m. GMT) as the groom's messenger to take Princess Ayako to the ceremony.

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