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Princess Atsuko, c. 1951
7 March 1931|
Tokyo Imperial Palace, Tokyo, Japan
(m. 1952; d. 2012)
|House||Imperial House of Japan|
Atsuko Ikeda (? Ikeda Atsuko, born 7 March 1931), formerly Atsuko, Princess Yori (? Yori-no-miya Atsuko Naishinn?), is the widow of Marquis Takamasa Ikeda (? Ikeda Takamasa, 21 October 1926 - 21 July 2012) and fourth daughter of Emperor Sh?wa and Empress K?jun. As such, she is the older sister of Emperor Akihito. She married Takamasa Ikeda on 10 October 1952. As a result, she gave up her imperial title and left the Japanese Imperial Family, as required by law.
Princess Atsuko was born at the Tokyo Imperial Palace. Her childhood appellation was Yori-no-miya ().
As with her elder sisters, she was not raised by her biological parents, but by a succession of court ladies at a separate palace built for her and her elder sisters in the Marunouchi district of Tokyo. She graduated from the Gakush?in Peer's School, and was also tutored along with her siblings in English language by an American tutor, Elizabeth Gray Vining during the American occupation of Japan following World War II. She graduated from Gakushuin University Women's College in March 1952.
On 10 October 1952, Princess Yori married Takamasa Ikeda, the eldest son of former Marquis Nobumasa Ikeda and a direct descendant of the last daimy? of Okayama Domain, whom she had met at a Japanese tea ceremony at K?raku-en gardens. The couple were engaged after only six months, but wedding plans had to be postponed due to the death of her grandmother Empress Teimei in 1951 and subsequent period of mourning. Upon her marriage, Princess Yori became the second daughter of an emperor to relinquish her status as a member of the Japanese imperial family and become a commoner upon marriage, in accordance with the 1947 Imperial Household Law. The groom's father and the bride's mother, the Empress, were first cousins, making the couple second cousins.
In October 1988, Ikeda succeeded her ailing elder sister, Kazuko Takatsukasa, as the most sacred priestess (saishu) of the Ise Shrine. She also served as the Chairperson of the Association of Shinto Shrines until June 2017.
The Ikedas had no children.
Atsuko, Princess Yori
(before her marriage)
|Reference style||Her Imperial Highness|
|Spoken style||Your Imperial Highness|
|Ancestors of Atsuko Ikeda|