The princess will not be able to become an empress in the future, since the throne in Japan is transmitted only through the direct male line.
Princess Aiko, on the occasion of reaching the age of 20, which is considered the coming of age in Japan, received from her father Emperor Naruhito the Order of the Sacred Crown on a ribbon, which is bestowed on adult girls in the Japanese royal family. The awarded princess was shown on the NHK TV channel on Sunday.
Aiko appeared in front of journalists for the first time in a long snow-white court dress. The princess’s hairstyle was decorated with a diamond tiara, which was borrowed from her aunt, the former Princess Sayako, on the day of the celebration. The Imperial family did not order a new tiara due to the restrictions associated with the pandemic, as well as in solidarity with the residents of Japan, some of whom have recently begun to experience financial difficulties. For the same reason, a banquet with an invitation to a wide range of guests will not be held.
As the observers of the TV channel noted, Aiko looked slightly embarrassed by the media attention, but with a smile thanked the journalists for their congratulations. Earlier that day, she visited the shrines of the national religion of Shinto, located on the palace grounds, where she honored the memory of her ancestors.
After receiving the order, the princess will visit her grandparents, former Emperor Akihito and former Empress Michiko, whom she has not seen for about a year and nine months due to the threat of the spread of the new coronavirus. At the end of the day, Aiko will return to the palace, where she will be welcomed by Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on behalf of the elected executive power and the population of the country. Members of the imperial family will also take part in this ceremony.
Aiko’s birthday came on December 1, but the celebrations on this occasion were postponed to December 5 so as not to interfere with the girl’s studies at Tokyo Gakushuin University, where she studies Japanese literature.
The princess will not be able to become an empress in the future, since the throne in Japan is transmitted only through the direct male line. At the same time, according to polls, a significant part of the Japanese public is ready to support a change in this order.