Monday, April 18, 2016

Royal Profile: Sayako Kuroda

Sayako Kuroda (formerly HIH The Princess Nori) was born 18 April 1969 as the only daughter of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko{Source}. She has two brothers, two sisters-in-law and three nieces and a nephew{Source}:

  1. Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan (1960) 
    1. Crown Princess Masako of Japan (1963) 
      1. Princess Aiko, Princess Toshi (2001) 
  2. Prince Fumihito of Akishino (1965) 
    1. Princess Kiko of Akishino (1966) 
      1. Princess Mako of Akishino (1991) 
      2. Princess Kako of Akishino (1994) 
      3. Prince Hisahito (2006)



She married a commoner in 2005, thus giving up her Imperial status as required by law.

 For her education, she studied Japanese Language and Literature at Gakushuin University, graduating in 1992. Later that same year, she became a research associate at the Yamashina Institute for Ornithology, where she specialized in the study of kingfishers. A few years later, in 1998, she was promoted to researcher at the same institute, where she has continued her research and submitted various articles about birds to various academic journals.

On 30 December 2004, the Imperial Household Agency announced the engagement of Princess Nori to Yoshiki Kuroda, a 40-year-old urban designer with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and a longtime friend of Prince Akishino. They were wed on 15 November 2005, at which time the former princess gave up her imperial family status and most of the perks that go along with it.

She often represents her parents and brother around Japan. Recently, it has been reported that she resigned from her job as an ornithologist in order to focus on her family life and potential motherhood. While she will no longer be entitled to an imperial allowance, she reportedly received a dowry of over one million dollars.

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