Ayako at the University of Lethbridge in July 2017
15 September 1990
Aiiku Hospital, Tokyo, Japan
Kei Moriya (m. 2018)
|House||Imperial House of Japan (until 2018)|
|Father||Norihito, Prince Takamado|
Ayako Moriya ( Moriya Ayako, born 15 September 1990), formerly Princess Ayako of Takamado (? Ayako Jo?), is a former member of the Imperial House of Japan and the daughter of Norihito, Prince Takamado and Hisako, Princess Takamado. She is the youngest of the couple's three daughters. She married Kei Moriya on 29 October 2018. As a result, she gave up her imperial title and left the Japanese Imperial Family, as required by law.
Princess Ayako was born on 15 September 1990 at the Aiiku Hospital in Tokyo. She was the first member of the Imperial Family to be born in the Heisei period, the era of her first cousin once removed, Emperor Akihito.
Princess Ayako attended the prestigious Gakush?in School for her primary, junior high, and high school education. While she was a student at Gakush?in Women's High School, in 2007, she visited New Zealand under a school-sponsored homestay program. In April 2009, she enrolled in the Josai International University (JIU), Faculty of Social Work Studies.
In 2010 and 2011 the Princess made short term visits to Camosun College in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, as part of exchange tours with Josai International University. In March 2013, Princess Ayako graduated Josai International University and was accepted into the graduate school. In September 2013, Princess Ayako returned to Camosun College begin intensive English studies. She completed her studies at Camosun College in April 2015. She then spent time at the University of British Columbia before returning to Japan in August 2015. On 16 March, Princess Ayako of Takamado graduated from Josai International University and received a master's degree of social welfare. She is currently a research fellow at JIU's Faculty of Social Work Studies. She continues to attend ceremonies and functions at the palace when studies permit.
Princess Ayako became formally engaged in a ceremony on 12 August 2018 to businessman Kei Moriya, a Keio University graduate who works for the shipping firm Nippon Yusen. The two were first introduced to each other in December 2017 by Ayako's mother, Princess Takamado, who has been a friend of Moriya's parents. The wedding took place on 29 October 2018 at Meiji Shrine. The wedding ceremony was held privately and featured Shinto rituals. The bride wore "a kimono robe and hakama pants", while the groom appeared in a morning suit and was given a top hat that had previously belonged to Ayako's father, Prince Takamado. A crowd of 1,000 well-wishers lined the area around the shrine. She renounced her royal status in accordance with the Imperial Household Law. A reception banquet also took place on 31 October at New Otani Hotel in Tokyo with the Crown Prince and Crown Princess in attendance. The government decided to bestow a one-time ¥107 million ($950,000) allowance on the couple.
Unlike other princesses who renounced their honorary posts and patronages, Ayako retained her status as honorary president of the Canada-Japan Society and the Japan Sea Cadet Federation. The decision seems to be made due to the shrinking size of the imperial family, although the Imperial Household Agency denied playing an active role in making the decision and described it as "an agreement between the princess and the two organizations".
Princess Ayako of Takamado
(before her marriage)
|Reference style||Her Imperial Highness|
|Spoken style||Your Imperial Highness|
|Ancestors of Ayako Moriya|