Imperial Family

Should a Female Successor Be Allowed to Ascend the Japanese Imperial Throne?

The engagement of Princess Mako (眞子さま), the eldest grandchild of Emperor Akihito (明仁さま), sparked not only a celebration of a joyous affair but also a debate on the status of women in the Royal Family. Japan’s Imperial Family follows the Imperial Household Law (皇室典範), which was in place since 1947 when the Emperor became a…

Japan Celebrates as Princess Mako of Akishino Gets Engaged!

On the 16th of May 2017, it was announced that Princess Mako (眞子さま), a 25-year-old Japanese Princess, had been engaged. Her marriage is expected in the next year. The Japanese people are happy and in a mood for celebration because of this good news. Princess Mako of Akishino (秋篠宮) is the first granddaughter of Emperor…

The Imposter Prince and an Imperial Wedding Scam?!

In April of 2003, the wedding celebration of Prince Satohito Arisugawa and his bride Harumi Sakamoto were held. The celebration had all the splendor, pomp, and circumstance one would expect of a royal wedding. The Prince was dressed in a dashing traditional military uniform. The bride, a former announcer, was dolled up in a traditional…

The Many Charms of Dogo Onsen, the Inspiration for Spirited Away

Did you know that Spirited Away, an Academy Award winner and Japan’s highest-grossing movie of all time got its inspiration through a magnificent bathhouse? Well, the bathhouse is none other than a place called Dogo Onsen, a famous hot spring in Shikoku. cinapse.co/ History deviantart.com/ Dogo Onsen is a hot spring located in Matsuyama (松山),…

Don’t Miss Out on Seeing Japan’s Royal Family in the Imperial Palace

The Japanese Imperial family is a symbol of the grace of the nation. All of them, for the most part, remain reserved and graceful in all situations. It is indeed enticing that the Imperial Family opens the gates to the palace on the days of the Emperor’s birthday (December 23rd) and the New Year greeting…

Keeping Japan’s Ancient Family Crest Tradition Alive in Today’s World

As modernization continues to assimilate other cultures into one global culture, Japan is battling over the preservation of its traditions; and one of these traditions is the use of the family crest (kamon) and the incorporation of it into their daily lives. imgarcade.com/ The use of crest or symbols in Japan to represent kinship has…

5 Important Motifs from Japanese Family Crests

Unlike in Europe where family crests were used to distinguish nobility from commoners, Japan’s family crests (kamon) were not only exclusive to noblemen. The use of family crests also extended to samurai warriors and commoners. Although the kamon was exclusive only to nobility during the eighth century, it then became a symbol of identity or…

All about the Imperial Seals of Japan

National Emblems or Imperial Seals or Government Symbols are present in almost each and every country. It is a way to give uniqueness and honor to a person or a position or a state. No one else is allowed to use it. Japan has two major emblems, one for the Royal Family and the other…

Her Imperial Highness Princess Kako of Japan

Imperial Family still exists under the Yamato Dynasty in Japan. This is the family of Japan’s Emperor whose task is to unite the Japanese people. The reigning emperor of Japan is Emperor Akihito. He has a son named Prince Fumihito. The prince married Princess Kiko. They had a beautiful family of 2 daughters and a…