Banquet Celebrates Marriage of Former Japanese Princess Ayako


Tokyo, Oct. 30 (Jiji Press)--A banquet was held at a hotel in Tokyo on Tuesday to celebrate the marriage of former Japanese Princess Ayako and her husband, Kei Moriya.

The banquet was attended by some 70 people, including Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, as well as Ayako's mother, Princess Hisako, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Ayako, 28, is the third daughter of the late Prince Takamado, a cousin of Emperor Akihito, and Princess Hisako.

Ayako appeared at the banquet, wearing a pink evening gown, made from Cambodian silk gifted by Moriya's late mother, Kimie, to the Takamado family when she was still alive. Moriya, 32, an employee at major Japanese shipping firm Nippon Yusen K.K. <9101>, wore a tuxedo.

After Abe delivered a congratulatory speech to the newly wedded couple, the Crown Prince made a toast and said, "Please help each other and create a happy family filled with laughter."

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