Mako marries without party. Japan hides the marriage of shame

Mako marries without party. Japan hides the marriage of shame
Mako marries without party. Japan hides the marriage of shame

On the run from the gilded castle, which had long since become a gilded cage. On the run to New York, United States, where the future spouse works for a law firm. On the run from his country, Japan, from the supreme institution that represents him, the Empire, and from his own family, leaving behind his title and even belonging to the Imperial House. Princess Mako, granddaughter of Emperor Naruhito, 30 years old just two days ago, today marries her university friend, the bourgeois Kei Komuro, and in one of the most traditional rites she carries out a revolution that leaves a deep wound in the imperial family but also an indelible trace in Japanese society, both proudly cast in millennial habits.

Daughter of Crown Prince Akishino, brother of Emperor Naruhito and heir to the throne, Princess Mako now renounces everything for love, after deciding to marry a man who has no noble origins and in general dissent, accused of having prioritizing personal interests to the dynasty. Farewell to the title of princess, farewell also to the succession of her eventual children to the throne, to create – as she revealed after the announcement of the engagement in 2017 – a “beautiful and affectionate family full of smiles” and escape from the gossips that at home , due to the vitriolic comments about her middle-class marriage, they caused her a post-traumatic stress disorder, as told by an assistant to the princess when she announced the wedding in early October.

No solemn ceremony, but only a civil ceremony, no banquet, no tradition such as the exchange of gifts between the families of the spouses (Nosai no Gi) or the official meeting with the emperor and his wife before the wedding (Choken no Gi). Mako has even decided to give up the sum that the Japanese imperial law provides for those who decide to marry a commoner: 150 million yen, about 1 million and 150 thousand euros.

More than a ceremony, the wedding has the flavor of an escape, highly anticipated since the wedding has been postponed twice after an engagement that began eight years ago. The first postponement is in 2017, the year of the announcement, when it was considered that it was not appropriate to celebrate shortly after the abdication of the old emperor Akihito, considered a serious embarrassment for the Royal Family. The second postponement came in 2018, when it was discovered that the mother of the groom had dared to go into debt with her ex-husband to cover her son’s school fees. An all-Japanese embarrassment, then the pandemic did the rest until the green light for the wedding of Crown Prince Akishino, father of the bride, in 2020. Now the longed-for moment has arrived. Exchange of rings and escape to New York. A bit bourgeois like the commoner Kate of the Windsor house when she married William and a bit Americans like Harry and Meghan fleeing Great Britain. A press conference is scheduled after the exchange of the rings.

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