Q&A with Princess Mako and Kei Komuro: Dating, Proposal, Emperor’s Blessing

  (First of 2 parts)   On September 3, Princess Mako, eldest daughter of Prince Akishino, gave a press conference at Akasaka Goyochi in Tokyo with her fiancé Kei Komuro, 25, her former classmate at International Christian University.   In that public appearance together, she famously said his smile was “as bright as the sunlight,” while […]

Kei Komuro on Princess Mako: ‘She watches over me as quietly as the moon’

  On September 3, Princess Mako, the eldest daughter of Prince Akishino-no-miya and Princess Kiko, and Kei Komuro, 25, announced their engagement in a press conference that lasted approximately 13 minutes.     The affianced pair said that they were like “the sun and the moon,” and exchanged frequent glances while opening up about how […]

Deadly Flooding Delays Announcement of Royal Engagement

  As record rains in northern Kyushu lead to widespread damage, the Imperial Household Ministry has decided to postpone the wedding announcement of Princess Mako, the eldest daughter of Prince Fumihito (Akishinonomiya), to her college classmate at International Christian University (ICU), Kei Komuro. An official announcement will be forthcoming.     According to sources close […]