Princess Ayako of Takamado (? Ayako Jo?, born 15 September 1990) is a 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.
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.
The Imperial Household Agency has announced that Princess Ayako will become formally engaged in a ceremony on August 12, 2018, to businessman Kei Moriya, a Keio University graduate who works for the shipping firm Nippon Yusen. The wedding is scheduled to take place on October 29, 2018 at Meiji Shrine. She will renounce her royal status in accordance with the Imperial Household Law.
Princess Ayako of Takamado
|Reference style||Her Imperial Highness|
|Spoken style||Your Imperial Highness|
Ayako is styled as Her Imperial Highness Princess Ayako of Takamado.
|Ancestors of Princess Ayako of Takamado|
Princess Ayako of TakamadoBorn: 15 September 1990
|Order of precedence in Japan|
Princess Tsuguko of Takamado
HIH Princess Ayako of Takamado