From her birth and Gakushuin Girls’ Junior and Senior High School days to her first official duties
It has been four years since the unofficial announcement of the engagement. After many twists and turns, Mako, 30, and her husband, Kei Komuro, 30, have begun a “new life. Upon their marriage, they left the imperial family. She will start her new life as an “ordinary woman” in New York. Let’s take a look back at Mako’s 30 years as a member of the Imperial Family with her treasured photos.
Birth in 1991
Mako was born at the Imperial Household Agency Hospital in 1991. In 1998, she entered Gakushuin Elementary School and continued on to Gakushuin Girls’ High School with excellent grades. In her second year of high school, she performed her first official duties alone. Midori Watanabe, an imperial family journalist who has covered the female members of the Imperial Family for half a century and a visiting professor at Bunka Gakuen University, says, “Her first official duty was to the Imperial Household.
“Her first official duty was to deliver a small horse called ‘Noma’ to the Ueno Zoo, and Mako was in charge of welcoming the horse. The press looked on anxiously, but Mako stayed close to the horse and gently touched and cared for it. The woman in charge of the horses was surprised, saying, ‘Your Highness, you’re not afraid of them at all.
It is said that the name “Mako” expresses the wish that “she will not lose her innate qualities, but will lead her life naturally, without any adornment, just as she is. As her name implies, Mako has been able to forge her own path with her own hands. A member of the Akishino family said.
Mako’s strength of will is inherited from her father: “Once she decides to do something, she will do it until the end. After graduating from high school, he went to ICU (International Christian University) instead of Gakushuin University because he wanted to use what he had learned when he married into a normal family and went out into the world.
With renewed determination, “Mako Komuro” is forging her own path.
Visit to the birth of Princess Kako in 1994
’96 Enters kindergarten
’98 Enters elementary school
Visits the King and Queen of Thailand in 2003
’04 Entered junior high school
Visit to the birth of Prince Eugene in ’06
Entered high school in 2007
’08 First time to go on official duties alone
Coming of age in ’11
’14 Graduates from ICU
’15 Official visit to El Salvador
Observation of Princess Eugene’s Sports Day in ’16
Visiting the King and Queen of Bhutan in ’17
’17: Mako continues to work hard on her official duties after the news of her engagement
’17, Smiling engagement informal press conference with Kei Komuro
’21: Mako performs her last official duties as a member of the Imperial Family.
’21 Participated in the last palace ritual
A farewell embrace with Kako on their wedding day in 2009.
From “FRIDAY” November 12, 2020 issue
Photo： Imperial Household Agency, JMPA, Jiji Press, Kyodo News