On December 5, the eldest daughter of Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress, Aiko, who turned 20 years old on December 1, had her coming-of-age ceremony. Aiko visited the three halls of the Imperial Palace and received the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Precious Crown from Her Majesty.
In the afternoon, she visited the Sento Temporary Palace in Minato Ward, Tokyo, where she was received by His Majesty the Emperor and his wife. Many people gathered along the roadside to catch a glimpse of Princess Aiko.
This is the first time in a long time that the Imperial Family is celebrating. The marriage of Kei Komuro to Mako, the eldest daughter of the Akishino family, was supposed to be celebrated by the public.
As it turned out, the Akishino family gave in to Mako’s passion and approved the marriage, but I think there was a sense of “resignation. I think one of the reasons that the marriage and the trip to the U.S. proceeded at an unusually fast pace was that Princess Aiko was going to become an adult on December 1, and the couple wanted to get some closure before then.
Even so, all the effects of the “Komuro Theater” could not be removed. Aiko’s tiara was a hot topic. The female members of the Imperial Family have their own tiaras, but in light of the people’s suffering from the Covid-19 scare, she borrowed one from her aunt Kiyoko Kuroda.
The reason is ostensibly because of the Covid-19, but it’s also because the series of uproar over Mako has drawn attention to the use of the palace funds. The source of the money is our tax money, and people are now arguing, ‘Don’t use it for that. This is unthinkable in the past. I think the government took such public sentiment into consideration,” said an imperial family journalist.
Tiaras are paid for out of court funds and are renewed through competitive bidding. Mako’s tiara was made by Wako, and Kako’s was made by Mikimoto, each costing about 28 million yen.
Aiko’s coming-of-age event could have originally been held on the first day of her birthday. However, Prince Akishino celebrated his birthday the day before, and the contents of the press conference were lifted. As expected, the topic of Mako’s marriage came up, and the fact that she avoided naming Komuro as “her husband” or “her daughter’s husband” caused controversy once again.
The broadcasts were once again dominated by coverage of the Imperial Family. I suspect that the decision to hold Aiko’s coming-of-age event four days after her birthday was intended to give her time to breathe.
Aiko’s press conference was postponed until either the beginning of the new year or until March, when her university is on spring break. By setting an interval, the Imperial Household Agency is hoping to completely erase the lingering effects of the “Komuro fiasco. Television companies have already been notified that they are not allowed to cover the private lives of the Komuros, who are living in the U.S., and reports on their activities will be kept to a minimum. It is said that reports on their activities will be kept to a minimum.
I’m sorry to say this, but for the Imperial Household Agency, the Komuro fiasco is like a bad dream. Now that Aiko has come of age, they have made a start to once again support the prosperity of the Imperial Family.
Another issue that has had an aftermath is the issue of the “female imperial family. Another issue that had an aftermath was the issue of the “female imperial family,” which was intended to ensure a stable succession, and the pros and cons of an “onna-kei emperor” or “female emperor” were put on the chopping block.
However, with the emergence of Ms. Komuro, the debate was temporarily shelved. In June, Tsuneyasu Takeda, a political commentator and the grandson of Emperor Meiji, referred to Ms. Komuro as “KK” on his YouTube channel.
In June, Tsuneyasu Takeda, a political commentator and former grandson of Emperor Meiji, referred to Komuro as “KK” on his YouTube channel. Having a female imperial family means that KK will become a member of the royal family, and KK’s child will become the future emperor. There’s no way this is going to pass.
KK’s destructive power is amazing. “KK’s destructive power is amazing.
“The destructive power of KK is amazing. In a TV program broadcast on the 5th of this month, he said
“Thanks to Kei Komuro’s appearance, the discussion on the female imperial family has stopped, but if she hadn’t appeared, it would have proceeded.
If she hadn’t come out, we would have moved forward.
Now that the “Komuro Theater” is over, it seems that Aiko and the issue of the female imperial family will have to deal with the “aftermath” for some time to come.
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