Japan’s Princess Mako & Kei Komuro finally married in a lowkey civil ceremony

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As we discussed earlier this month, Japan’s Princess Mako finally set the date for her wedding to Kei Komuro, a Japanese commoner. Theirs has been a tortured love story, although it started out innocent enough – they were college sweethearts who had been together for years when they originally got engaged. In 2018, Mako called off the engagement, citing her immaturity and the lack of support from her own family. Kei waited for her though – they stayed together even when he was in America, completing his law studies and scoring a job at a big law firm in New York. Once he got his situation settled in New York, they decided to make their move – they would marry and she will move to New York with him and they’ll make a new life for themselves in America, without titles or her family’s money. Some (bonkers) highlights from the NY Times’ coverage of Kei and Mako’s wedding, which happened today:

The simple wedding: The last time the sister of a future emperor of Japan got married, thousands of well-wishers lined the streets as the bride, Princess Sayako, left the palace to attend the ceremony and reception at one of Tokyo’s premier hotels. But when Princess Mako, 30, a niece of the current emperor and an older sister of the likely future sovereign, married on Tuesday, there was just a simple trip to a registry office in Tokyo, handled by royal representatives. In a formal news conference on Tuesday afternoon, the groom, Kei Komuro, looked into the camera and declared: “I love Mako. I would like to spend my one life with the person I love.”

Japan really hates Kei: When Mr. Komuro returned to Japan late last month to quarantine before the marriage, the scrutiny grew even more frenzied, bordering on the absurd. The media and the public were shocked, simply shocked, by the fact that he arrived from New York sporting a ponytail. One tabloid weekly reported that a royal court official had sneered at Mr. Komuro’s choice to wear a pinstripe suit — as opposed to one in solid black or navy — to meet his future in-laws. In some surveys, as many as 80 percent of respondents have said they opposed the marriage.

Mako’s prepared remarks: At the news conference, held at a hotel less than a mile from the Imperial Palace, the couple sat side by side at a long table and faced a roomful of reporters and a phalanx of cameras. The bride wore a pale blue sheath dress and jacket with a single strand of pearls, while Mr. Komuro wore a dark navy-blue striped suit. In prepared remarks, the princess said: “I acknowledge that there are various opinions about our marriage. I feel very sorry for the people to whom we gave trouble. I’m grateful for the people who have been quietly concerned about us, or those who continued supporting us without being confused by baseless information.”

They had to pay for the conference room themselves?! To avoid having to answer unpleasant questions or address falsehoods, the couple asked to reply in writing to five questions from reporters submitted in advance. To avoid accusations that they were wasting taxpayers’ money, they paid to rent the room for the news briefing.

Kei is getting the Duchess Meghan treatment: Rumors have metastasized and now impugn Mr. Komuro’s character. Critics on social media have branded him a gold digger or a grifter. The media suggested that a biography, posted on the website of Lowenstein Sandler, the law firm where he works in New York, listed awards that were fabricated. A spokesman for Fordham Law School confirmed that Mr. Komuro did in fact earn the awards he listed. Royal watchers say that Mr. Komuro falls short of traditional expectations for Japanese men and that his treatment reflects suspicion of the outside world.

Explaining why Kei is so unpopular in Japan: “Part of it is that Mr. Komuro was not very submissive to Japanese values because he went to international school, is a fluent English speaker and quit a Japanese bank,” said Kumiko Nemoto, a professor of sociology at Kyoto University of Foreign Studies. “In Japanese society, people like to see that people are sacrificing part of themselves to society and the group and family,” Ms. Nemoto added. Mr. Komuro, she said, is more “individualistic, trying to prove himself by accomplishing something professionally.”

[From The NY Times]

Mako and Kei are setting off to New York as we speak. She has turned down her dowry of about $1.4 million, so they’ll have to live on Kei’s lawyer salary. She might even get a job though, her background is in art, and maybe some gallery or museum will hire her. I wish them well and I respect their journey so much – they really love each other and I’m so happy that they withstood the barrage of hate and lies directed at them.

The Times article also explained something I didn’t understand, which is why Japanese people can’t just let bygones be bygones and shrug and say “these two are in love, let’s give them space.” While Mako has given up her royal titles and their children will not be in the line of succession now, that could change at some point. In Japan, they’re running out of male heirs and the Japanese government might need to drastically change the succession laws. Japanese people feel like Mako might eventually become a princess again, and they feel “ownership” over her and who she marries. Oh well! It’s done now, and I hope Kei and Mako never go back.

PS… Kei cut his hair for his wedding! He rocked up to Japan earlier this month with a ponytail. Was Mako like “lol, no.”

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  1. Gillysirl says:

    I hope they can live their lives and feel free of these unrealistic expectations. I’m not sure that’s possible – it sounds like her family is as bad as the press.

    • Elizabeth Regina says:

      I am really rooting for them. Didn’t the current empress suffer from really severe depression and PTSD also for 10 years? There must be something about royal houses that makes people run for the hills (usually America I must add)

      • Murphy says:

        The current empress and the one before her (Michiko) both had a very hard time because they were radiant, educated, modern women (thus attracting their husbands) who were stamped down by the institution.

      • GillySirl says:

        It sounds like the “Grey Men” are worse in Japan than in the UK. I saw an argument that the constitution didn’t guarantee the royal family basic human rights – that they could only do what the public allowed them to do. It was horrific.

  2. Maria says:

    I wish the best for them so much, they are very brave. Imperial etiquette and the Japanese press are absolutely brutal.

  3. Neners says:

    I think it’s so funny that all these royals being maligned for no reason are fleeing and to the States. We’re amassing quite the retinue!

  4. Becks1 says:

    I wish them all the best in NYC and hope they are able to live their lives as they want from here on out.

  5. Kalana says:

    Congratulations to the happy couple. Kei should regrow his ponytail. He pulled it off!

    The IHA is out of control. They are so remorselessly abusive. Wasn’t there a rumor that Maxima was trying to help Empress Masako?

    • notasugarhere says:

      Maxima and Masako are close friends. Masako’s father was employed in The Netherlands for years, so she could visit both her father and Maxima in private there. That’s all Maxima can do, be a supportive friend. She has no power to force the IHA to behave in a humane manner.

  6. hindulovegod says:

    I didn’t know much about the Japanese royals till this. It’s a system designed to fail. There are 17 royals left but only three in the line of succession. The entire thing rests on whether a now 15 year old is heterosexual, eventually finds someone willing to marry him, and goes on to have a male child. Mako looks smart to be getting out before her brother gets older.

    • Kalana says:

      I feel sorry for his future way. Masako was essentially forced to say yes and ended up having a breakdown from badly she was bullied by the IHA

      • Maria says:

        That story is so sad. Naruhito truly adores her and it was so sad for him to essentially admit he thought he could protect her and ended up not being able to.

    • Maria says:

      They are going to eat whoever Hisahito marries alive, even worse than Masako and Michiko.

      • lanne says:

        She will have the entire succession on her shoulders. The pressure will be brutal. For sure she will be fertility checked, and likely there will be a lot of pressure on him to choose a very young woman, definitely under thirty, and maybe even under 25, so she could have many children (sons). A really young woman would be ill-equipped to deal with such pressure, unless they already have a few women in mind who they are grooming specifically for the job.

      • hindulovegod says:

        It’s a sad state of affairs. What woman would sign up for that life? And would Hisahito want to subject someone he loves to it? Again, Mako looks to be freeing herself and her husband from a bad situation that is likely to get worse Good for her.

      • Jan90067 says:

        Considering all this pressure and obsession for a “male heir”, I’m shocked they haven’t gone the IVF route for gender selection, and only “implant” male embryos. If they’re going a pseudo Handmaiden’s Tale, they may as well go the whole way. They’re insane about it as is!

      • notasugarhere says:

        Jan90067 it is widely suspected that is what the younger brother and his wife did to get their male heir. The country was finally discussing letting Aiko have her rightful place as future empress. Back-stabbing younger brother and his wife have a later-life pregnancy, likely through selection, and all the talks are abandoned. He’s as bad a brother as William IMO.

      • CuriousCole says:

        @nota ITA! I’d been so hopeful, following the 2005/2006 talks of changing the succession laws to be fair to Aiko/women but the moment Kiko’s pregnancy was announced, it was all scrapped. They knew exactly what they were doing, Kiko looked so damn smug the first few years after Hisahito was born.

  7. TIFFANY says:

    I would have taken that dowry and counted it on the way to the airport.

    • fluffybunny says:

      Part of the reason they broke up was due to a financial scandal with his mother which is probably why they didn’t take the money.

      • TIFFANY says:

        They didn’t break up, they just postponed getting married.

        And that was no scandal, that was a petty ex talking out of pocket expectating royal benefits.

        Sound familiar?

  8. Digital Unicorn says:

    Wishing them all the best – the Japanese RF and royal press give their British counterparts a run for their money with this situation. They all have that young couples life miserable for a long time – shame on them all.

    Go live your best lives Mako and Kei, eff them.

  9. Sofia says:

    Congrats to them both. I hope they’ll live very happy and fulfilled lives away from the toxicity of the royal house.

  10. Watson says:

    The way they look at each other? These two are in love and don’t give a crap about any thing or anyone else. So intense and determined!! Good for these two!

  11. Mina_Esq says:

    It’s kind of funny that a New York City lawyer is being described as a “grifter”, but I do understand the comments in the context of a royal family. Anyway, I hope they live a happy life, and I hope gossip gods give us the gift of their friendship with the Montecito royals.

    • Soapboxpudding says:

      Right? They’re also slandering him for being raised by a single mother…because his father died. Like that is something he had control over or is anything but a tragedy.

  12. Tom says:

    One day she is going to be sitting on a bench in Central Park, eating a hot dog, enjoying the day. Maybe she’s watching her kids play on the playground. No one will notice, No one will bother her. She’ll just be another woman in NYC.

    It will take time to get to that. It will be worth it. Welcome to the U.S., Mako.

    • Nina says:

      This is such a beautiful image. Reminds me of Harry saying how he’s finally enjoying small things like riding a bike or just walking the beach with his kids and a dog

    • Lexistential says:

      I’m in NYC too, and I love picturing her healing, forming an entirely new self-perception, and experiencing her own happiness in this city- walking through Central Park, trying a new restaurant in the East Village, and choosing her own fun outfits that would have been vetoed by the IHA. There’s so much here that will help her form her own new self, and I’m so happy for her.

  13. OriginalLala says:

    congrats to the newlyweds! I wish them lots of love and happiness in their new life.

  14. M says:

    Pinstripes??? The horror! People are ridiculous. No wonder the Empress struggles with her mental health. Mako is better off leaving. I hope they have a happy life together.

    I am sad he cut the ponytail. It was sexy.

    • FeedMeChips says:

      Just think of the insane meltdown people here had when Obama wore that tan suit.

      • Yup, Me says:

        Or when Michelle Obama wore a sleeveless dress that showed off her beautiful toned arms.

      • Deering24 says:

        I never did get what the problem was with Obama’s suit. Am I missing some exclusive point of male haberdashery or something?

      • SnoodleDumpling says:

        @Deering24 Apparently suits in light colors are traditionally considered casual summerwear, and thus a sitting President giving a press conference while wearing one is ‘too casual’ and ‘unpresidential’.

        Mainly, it’s because the political scene in the US is dominated by an aggressively traditional mainstream approach to men’s fashion, and anything other than a dark suit with a white shirt and either a red or blue tie while doing a press conference is akin to being out of uniform while on duty.

        Also, it was seen in a press conference where Obama presented information on how the government was dealing with ISIS that pretty much everybody didn’t like, so I imagine people were taking a lot of that discontent with that specific foreign policy out on the suit.

      • Deering24 says:

        Ah. Thanks, SnoodleDumpling!

    • HandforthParish says:

      Agree that ponytail was hot.

    • DeltaJuliet says:

      I’m not crazy about long hair on men but yeah, he definitely rocked that ponytail. He’s a very handsome man.

  15. Crowned Huntress says:

    They’re a handsome couple and I wish them the absolute best in NYC. Maybe when things have cooled down, Mako can look into a position at the Met Museum, they have gorgeous historical art there and I’m sure they wouldn’t mind working with a Japanese Princess.

    Seems like the States are being flooded with runaway royals, an interesting turn of events.

    • Denise says:

      I know none of the three couples would ever do this but I would watch a reality TV show called “Runaway Royals” in a minute!!

  16. Snuffles says:

    Kei is super cute! I hope they have a bomb ass time in New York. It’s a whole new world of freedom that will probably blow her mind. I actually do hope Kei and Mako are getting advice from Meghan and Harry. They are uniquely qualified to understand the transition they are about to go through.

  17. Harla says:

    I never thought that the BRF would have competition for being the worst royal family but wow, the Japanese royals are really giving them a run for their money.

    • Jennifer says:

      The Japan royal family, oy. I bet they would rather go extinct than change the laws.

      What they consider to be a scandal (pinstripe suit?) Is so penny ante. They are ridiculous. Go Mako and Kei for sticking it out all these ywars and getting away! Best of luck to them.

    • Deering24 says:

      I’m late to the party on this, but good God! The Japanese media and the right-wing citizenry are horrible. They and their British counterparts should go head-to-head in a WWF faceoff or something. 🤮

    • Mrs.Krabapple says:

      Then please don’t look up the Saudi royal family! They put Britain and Japan to shame when it comes to atrocious behavior.

      • Deering24 says:

        For crying out loud, really? 🙄😡 A team of forensic auditors with international jurisdiction needs to sweep down on all their sorry butts.

      • lanne says:

        And the UAE, where the sheik of Dubai’s wife fled to the UK to avoid her awful husband marrying her still a child young daughter to a Saudi prince that killed the journalist, and who kidnapped and is drugging/holding hostage his 2 daughters who tried to escape.

      • Deering24 says:


  18. Gil says:

    It’s was a big deal and lost tv channels had tb shows talking about this marriage. I remembered the stupid thing about the ponytail. Is was a theme a conversation in many opinion tv shows. It always made roll my eyes about the level of scrutiny Makos fiancés was getting. Ok one thing are his “messy” finances but the hair, like WTF? I really hope they are happy living overseas, they are a really cute couple

  19. Sandy123 says:

    I live in japan and it’s pretty much the old, right wing bunch who have a problem with this. The average person doesn’t really care about this situation, it’s no secret that the media has been banging the same drum for years about this. There are more people in support of females on the throne, but the old fogeys can’t roll over on it. I think in one more generation there will be more social change here. Their marriage and the way it was facilitated (rejecting the money, no ceremonies) was a big FU to the system and I think more Japanese young people are wishing they could buck the trend as well. I hope they enjoy their life in the states and have the family they want.

    • goofpuff says:

      Yes it was totally big FU to the system and I am happy they were able to escape

    • Concern Fae says:

      I once got up the nerve to ask a Japanese co-worker about the “crazy” Japanese TV shows you see clips of on YouTube. She quickly assured me that people in Japan also thought they were very strange. She’d been asking me to explain American culture, so I started asking her about Japan’s.

  20. Amy Bee says:

    All the best to them. Monarchy is a relic of the past and should be abolished.

  21. lanne says:

    Dying out couldn’t happen to a more worthy royal family than the Japanese Imperial family. They absolutely destroyed the mental health of Masako. Brilliant, confident, lovely woman reduced to a shell of her former self.

  22. L84Tea says:

    I think they will be very happy and find they are better off away from all that ownership nonsense. I wish them the best and a very happy life together.

  23. Kfg says:

    Mako will be working at an art gallery and on one of the tiktoks they were saying the people were mad bc Kei won’t be able to support her the way they feel she should be and that he’s polluting the royal line with his Korean blood. Seriously it’s sick. Plus they keep making up stuff saying he faked credentials and only got into Fordham bc of Mako when he was top of his class. It’s terrible and I’m glad she gets to live her life without them. Oh they tried to say he was evil bc his dad committed suicide

    • goofpuff says:

      Royal Rota and courtiers same all over the world. UK and Japanese media and courtiers not that much different.

    • reef says:

      The more I read about Kei the more I believe money will not be a issue for him. To have his humble background to even be in the same room as Japanese princess means he’s brilliant. Learning that he’s Korean puts a whole other dimension on this. I hope it works out for them.

    • Snuffles says:

      Wait, he’s KOREAN! I feel a KDrama coming on! FYI – there are ethnic Korean who were born and raised in Japan. Hold over from WWII.

    • Ann says:

      I didn’t know he was Korean. Yeah, the Japanese are pretty awful toward people of Korean heritage. They are a lovely couple. I’m glad they got out and I wish them all the best in the Big Apple.

    • Deering24 says:

      Fordham is hardly an academic cakewalk. And he was top of class?!? 😮😮

  24. Lauren says:

    They are a beautiful couple and I’m so happy that she has managed to escape the japanese courtiers whom have been making the lives of the female members of the imperial family hell for decades.

  25. Teebee says:

    This is kind of unrelated but a funny yet sweet experience our family had with some Japanese exchange students. A couple of years ago my son participated in his high school Japan exchange program. We hosted 2 students for 2 weeks, he went to Japan for 2 weeks. We had 2 sweet young boys, both 17. They spoke little English but we learned they do indeed study all the time, are involved in activities that require HOURS of commitment every week, one was basketball and the other tennis. They were busy from early morning until late at night. All weekends were spent studying with tutors. Needless to say my son’s life is nothing like that. These 2 boys didn’t play video games, watched little TV, and hardly slept.

    Well that is what they did when they visited us. They shopped, played a lot of Rock Band and watched TV and SLEPT! Ate a lot of junk food, and I think had a lot of fun with us.

    Cut to several months later, my son visits Japan and meets up with them again. And finds out that when they got back to Japan, both boys outright quit their activities. I am sure they still concentrated on their studies, but those sports activities added hours to their days at least 4-5 days a week. When my son told me, all I could think of was their little visit to us enough to show them that their lives were too busy? That the small taste of freedom they enjoyed with us was something they didn’t want to give up? If they hadn’t participated in the exchange program would nothing have changed in their lives?

    I like to think that they stood up to their parents insisted that they needed more free time. And they got it.

    And I hope Mako and Kei enjoy their lives in New York. That it includes a lot of free time, good food and opportunity to do what they want.

    • Snuffles says:

      My family hosted a Japanese exchange student for a few weeks too when I was in high school. She was exceedingly polite. I don’t remember too much about it. I remember her trying our peanut butter and jelly. I think because she always wanted to try a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. She found our jelly far too sweet and wouldn’t touch it. When she left she gave me the most gorgeous wool scarf that I still have until this day.

  26. Natters says:

    I love his statement, it was very romantic. They are going to do very well in NYC. She’ll get a job in the art world easily as they love trustfunders and titled people with connections. They will be just fine.

  27. canichangemyname says:

    Good for them. I wish them both a happy future together. The whole “royal family” concept seems so incredibly toxic to me.

  28. Murphy says:

    Don’t feel bad for Mako, her life is going to be better this way.

  29. Athena says:

    @Reef. I’m not sure he’s Korean. They were trying to put him down by implying he was Korean. The article I read implied this was an insult in Japan. Do anyone have more info on this?
    Mako studied at the University of Edinburgh and also in Leicester so she has experience living outside of the Royal bubble and is fluent in English so she’ll be fine.

    • Andrew’s Nemesis says:

      The Japanese occupied Korea, and many Koreans have never forgiven them for their treatment (many of my current Korean students loathe Japan). Many Korean women were used as ‘comfort women’ in brothels by Japanese forces. Korea is seen very much as a second class country by many older Japanese and young conservatives.

    • Lauren says:

      Japan’s behavior between 1910 and 1945 with the whole of Asia is something absolutely horrible. It’s not really common known history, but Japan was a mess in human rights: they abused, killed and stole in all of Asia. They had colonies in China, Korea (they were still united at that time) and in many other Asian countries, lots of power, influence and a big ass army. Many older japanese would like a return to that. To Japan “being” superior to all the others asian countries and having a full fledged army and not just the self defense corp they have. Them implying that Kei is korean, is them saying that Kei is inferior and definitely not worth a daughter of the imperial family. I love Japan, studied the language and culture fo years in college, but those history classes opened my eyes to things that I had no idea about.

      • Ann says:

        They were horrible to POWs too. And frankly, horrible to their own people, whom they expected to fight to the death, never surrender. If you haven’t seen “Letters From Iwo Jima,” I recommend it. Very effective performance from the male lead, who plays a baker conscripted to fight in the Japanese army.

  30. Jessica says:

    The parallels to Meghan and Harry are wild. I hope they’re in touch with each other. These are the two most disturbing royal families that aren’t absolute monarchies. I have decided to stan this couple. I love their journey and I love how they left. Welcome to America!

    • Kelsey says:

      I swear if we ever get a Meghan/Mako story about them bonding or collaborating or hell, they went to Chipotle together, I will squeal from delight and kiiiiiiis.

      • RoyalBlue says:

        it will be Harry and Mako collaborating and Meghan and Kei discussing what it’s like to be married in.

  31. FCH says:

    I’m glad they are living their lives for themselves and not others.

    I do have a question about the bangs situation. Does she only have bangs on one side or is that an illusion?

  32. Athena says:

    How mean can people be, some have taken to the streets to protest this marriage. What well intention man is going to approach another female member of this family? What decent family will want to go through this scrutiny.

    Also, the idea in Japan that somehow single mother’s are bad parents, really? From what I see so far, Kei’s mother raised a fine upstanding son.

    • SnoodleDumpling says:

      Oh, no worries, there are plenty of the old noble families still kicking around. And all the collateral branches of the Imperial Family that got cut off after WWII.

      Realistically speaking, most of the hubbub is from the Royalists who are mad this Imperial Princess isn’t marrying one of THOSE guys, like she was supposed to. It’s much the same as the Brits, a bunch of aristocrats and Royalists pissed off that their Prince Harry didn’t marry a willowy blonde aristo girl with impeccable bloodlines and the early signs of liver disease.

  33. L4frimaire says:

    This whole saga seems bonkers, but I read some additional articles in the Times about this ( they had a whole series). Women in the Imperial household, 3 generations of them, have suffered physically and mentally from the amount of stress and bullying from the media. One literally lost her voice, Masako had to withdraw from public for 10 years, and now this situation. Enough to princesses in the Imperial household have lost their titles for marrying commoners and all their children are out of the line of succession, hence being down to only two male heirs. Prior to 19th century they did allow women to inherit the throne, there are 2 Empresses ( got all this from NY Times so please correct any mistakes). My question is who exactly are these royal women supposed to marry if not commoners, even if they are wealthy? Is there an aristocratic class in Japan or a select few ancient families that are worthy of marriage? It’s not like they can marry foreign royalty the way European royals did in the past. What is considered an acceptable spouse for Japanese royalty? Royal watchers there are just as obsessed and crazy as the UK ones, maybe even more extreme. They had actual protesters in the streets opposing their marriage. Anyway, I wish this couple health, healing, and happiness.

    • Original Penguin says:

      Part of this is due to the rules at the end of WWII to ‘limit the size of the royal family’.

      Reducing the power of the emperor however has increased the power of the IHA. They make the British ‘grey men’ seem quite tame in comparison.

      There was talk of changing the rules to allow Aiko to inherit. That of course has evaporated once the ‘heir’ was born. I think though that her parents don’t actually want her to inherit and have not pushed the subject. They want her to have the space of being able to leave the family without being at the mercy of the IHA

    • SnoodleDumpling says:

      Japan does have quite a few old noble families, and numerous collateral branches of the Imperial Family that got cut off after WWII. It’s just that the government no longer officially recognizes any titles except those of the Imperial Family, and post-WWII redefined the Imperial Family to only include the descendants of Yoshihito, the previous Emperor (A.K.A. Hirohito’s dad, or great-grandfather of the current Emperor), and also his widowed wife.

  34. Izzy says:

    I hope she goes to work with Harry at BetterUp or whatever that company’s name is. Truly, I would love to see them give THAT royal eff-you to their crazy families.

  35. Theothermia says:

    Happy for them! They’re lovely.
    Nationalists are nationalists everywhere, and while I sympathize with the difference between collective and individuated values – no one Japanese person can be an endlessly perfect self sacrificing angel just like no American can self actualise to the point of apotheosis. For every person, everywhere, there is a balance.

    Seems like married-ins always get hammered by the press until the next married-in comes along.

  36. tamsin says:

    Three consecutive Japanese empresses whose mental health was damaged as a result of marrying into the imperial family and being damaged and bullied by the Japanese version of the grey men and the press. One thing I’ll say about the the current emperor- he has been steadfast in his support for his wife. I remember reading at the time that Masako was very hesitant to marry the crown prince. Imagine knowing that your family and the press almost destroyed the person you persuaded to marry you! Hope Kei and Mako create a good life and a loving family in the U.S. This is truly exile for the couple. Mako has studied abroad in the UK and she is well educated in her area of interest which is art history and art museums. I believe she has a Masters degree. I hope she gets a chance to use her education. She should be able to get a position in New York. Sounds like Kei will be a very successful lawyer. Don’t know anything about the finances of the Japanese imperial family- who knows- they may have had their fortune completely removed, but I hope her parents, if they have any normal parental feelings at all, will help behind the scenes. Meghan had an advantage over Mako in that she was going home to her own country and to a supportive mother and a posse of supportive friends. I wonder if the Japanese royal children get much of a chance to make friends outside of their circle. I’m so moved by their story.

  37. Mel says:

    Run and don’t look back. Welcome to NYC, we are the best!

    • Agreatreckoning says:

      Yes and as one “royal expert” said it’s up-and-coming too! LOL. So many cool things there. I hope Mako & Kei find a life of love, peace and fun adventure in NYC. They’re kind of adorable.

  38. Gracie says:

    I don’t know a lot about this couple, but I love the way they look at each other. He clearly has nothing but admiration and respect for her, and she is following her heart. May they live a blessed life together. A nice bright spot in 2021.

  39. Tashiro says:

    I wish them well and all the best. Screw those negative ass people.

  40. Andrea says:

    I did a PhD in Japanese history and I’d say those comments about Kei being judged as not sufficiently Japan-minded are accurate. The uproar about the ponytail was more of the same, with a side of him not fitting traditional/acceptable molds of masculinity, though I’m not surprised he cut it for the ceremony either. I’m glad they’re both leaving and going to be free.

    That said I’d be surprised if any future changes to the succession law re-enroll the former princesses. Princess Aiko isn’t legally an adult yet and probably has a good long while before she tries to leave the family (Sayako was in her 40s when she married), and Mako’s sister hasn’t left either. So that would be three people in the current generation including Hisahito, which is two more than they’ve got currently and might be enough.