On an official visit to Spain, Prince and Princess Takamado pay a courtesy call on King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia at La Zarzuela Palace.
(Photo: The Royal House of Spain)
Prince and Princess Takamado view the "Wonderful Planet" exhibition of photographs taken by Prince Takamado.
(Photo: The Yomiuri Shimbun)
His Imperial Highness Prince Takamado passed away on 21 November 2002. He was 47 years old.
In addition to their official duties together, the late Prince promoted international exchange through his work at the Japan Foundation and through his support of various kinds of foreign language speech contests. His Highness readily took on the role of honorary patron of organisations and events which would foster international goodwill. His Highness was active in his support of the various arts, particularly music and dance, and of various different sports. His Highness was also very much involved with environmental issues and education.
Over the years, Their Imperial Highnesses officially visited many countries in response to invitations from foreign governments. Most recently, Their Highnesses officially visited Egypt and Morocco in May 2000 and the Republic of Korea from May to June 2002. The latter was in order to attend the Opening Ceremony of the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea-Japan and was an important step in the promotion of friendly bilateral relations between Japan and Korea.
Since the passing of His Imperial Highness the late Prince Takamado, Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado has carried on His Imperial Highness' wishes and has continued to make efforts to foster international goodwill.
In addition to her duties as an Honorary Vice-President of the Japanese Red Cross and other positions that she already held, Her Imperial Highness accepted all of the Honorary Patron or Honorary President positions that were held by the late Prince in the hope that she would be able to continue carrying out his wishes. These include the Canada-Japan Society, the Japan Football Association and the Japan Lifeboat Institution.
In March 2004, Her Highness succeeded Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan as Honorary President of BirdLife International, a global alliance of non-governmental conservation organisations working in more than 120 countries. With the establishment of the International Kyudo Federation in May 2006, Her Highness agreed to become its Honorary Chairman. Her Highness is also the Honorary President of the Prince Takamado Memorial Foundation for Japan-Korea Exchange.
In June 2014, as Honorary Patron of the Japan Football Association, Her Imperial Highness visited the Federative Republic of Brazil to attend the 2014 FIFA World Cup and offer her support to the Japanese national team. In addition to watching the match in Natal, she met the governor of the state of Rio Grande do Norte, as well as the local nikkei community, to thank them for welcoming both the team and the many Japanese supporters. Her Imperial Highness then travelled to Colombia, where she paid a visit to the Colombian Football Federation and toured their facilities. En route back to Japan, Her Highness stopped in Paris, France, in order to attend the inauguration ceremony for the Kyudojo National de Noisiel.
In June 2015, Her Imperial Highness was privileged to attend the wedding of His Royal Highness Prince Carl Philip of Sweden, Duke of Värmland, and Miss Sofia Kristina Hellqvist Bernadotte in Stockholm, Sweden. In October 2015, Her Highness travelled to Poland to be present at the Warsaw Film Festival Japan Night. She also attended the 17th International Chopin Piano Competition, which is held every five years, and revisited the Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology, which was opened by His Imperial Highness Prince Takamado together with President Lech Walesa in 1994.
In July 2017, Her Imperial Highness visited Ireland on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the commencement of diplomatic relations between Ireland and Japan. Her Highness paid a call on President Michael D. Higgins and later launched the exhibition “Preserved in Partnership: Treasures of Japanese Art” at the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin.
Their Highnesses have three daughters.
H.I.H. Princess Tsuguko celebrated her coming-of-age in March 2006.
After studying at the University of Edinburgh, Her Highness returned to Japan in 2008. In March 2013, Her Highness graduated from the School of International Liberal Studies, Waseda University with a B.A. major in International Liberal Studies and a minor in Life Science.
Her Highness is presently working at the Japan Committee for UNICEF, but attends ceremonies and functions at the Imperial Palace and other official events. In August 2013, Her Highness visited Sri Lanka at the invitation of His Excellency President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Japan and Sri Lanka celebrated 60th years of diplomatic relations in 2012.
In July 2014, Her Highness visited Viet Nam on business as a member of the Japan Committee for UNICEF.
In January 2018, H.I.H. Princess Tsuguko assumed the role of Honorary President of the All Japan Archery Federation and in February 2018, Her Highness assumed the role of Honorary Chairman of the Japan Squash Association.
H.I.H. Princess Noriko celebrated her coming-of-age in July 2008.
In March 2010, Her Highness graduated from Gakushuin University with a B.A. in Psychology. In October 2014, Her Imperial Highness was married to Mr. Kunimaro Senge. Her Highness had attended ceremonies and functions at the Imperial Palace and official events elsewhere until her marriage.
H.I.H. Princess Ayako celebrated her coming-of-age in September 2010.
Her Highness studied at Josai International University, graduating with a B.A. degree in Social Work Studies in March 2013. Her Highness then entered the university's graduate school and studied for 2 years at Camosun College and at the University of British Columbia in Canada as part of her program. In March 2016, Her Highness completed her studies and received an M.A. degree from the Graduate School of Social Work Studies, Josai International University.
Her Highness currently works as a Research Fellow at the Faculty of Social Work Studies at Josai International University, but she continues to attend ceremonies and functions at the Imperial Palace, as well as official events elsewhere.
In July 2017, Her Highness visited Alberta, Canada at the invitation of the Mayor of Lethbridge, to attend the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden.
In January 2018, Her Highness assumed the role of Honorary Patron of the Canada-Japan Society and in February 2018, Her Highness assumed the role of Honorary President of the Japan Sea Cadet's Federation.