Mako from Japan has finally had his happy ending. The Princess, niece of the emperor and daughter of the crown prince Akishino, married her fiancé on Tuesday, attorney Kei Komuro. The couple has waited three years to celebrate their nuptials And, especially she, has had to make many resignations that have reduced her mental health. Far from being the fairy tale it originally promised – a lady of the Imperial House falls in love with a college classmate– history has turned almost to become a matter of state, divide Japanese public opinion and end a disowned Princess, stripped of her titles and privileges and having to leave the country. However, they have managed to formalize their love and be able to start their new life together with a most atypical ‘yes, I want’ in which there has not been the pageantry of the millennial wedding ceremonies of the country of the rising sun, but a conference of press that has become a declaration of love with a few restrained boyfriends and with little complicity.
With a firm step, almost without looking at each other, without shaking hands, dressed in the Western way – she with her hair tied back, her characteristic bangs and a light blue dress and he, in a pinstriped suit and tie – the couple has entered the assembly hall of the Grand Arc Hanzomon Hotel in Tokyo where a good number of reporters gathered to hear the words of the newlyweds. The couple have not had a proper wedding, but they have simply complied with the administrative procedures and have registered as a marriage in the civil registry. Then they have made a plea in favor of their union and have given their opinion on all the uproar that their relationship has caused. Sitting on a dais, with hardly any decoration or flowers, separated, without looking at each other at any time, reading their speeches and without touching, Mako and Kei have talked about everything they have experienced. “I am sorry for the inconvenience I have caused and I am grateful for the support I have received. For me, Kei is irreplaceable, marriage was a necessary option for us ”, The Princess has said in a most surprising declaration of love for the staging. For his part, Kei added that he wants to spend his whole life with Mako, at which point they gave each other a shy look. “I love Mako. We only have one life and I want to spend it with the person I love. I feel very sad that Mako has been in poor mental and physical condition, due to certain false accusations. ” Regarding their new home in North America, Naruhito’s niece said: “There will be different kinds of difficulties as we begin our life, but we will walk together as we have in the past.”
The truth is that culture, protocol and what is considered good education in Japan have little to do with those of the Western world. Nobody could have imagined a press conference of the Dukes of Sussex without their caresses, their hugs, their looks and smiles, something that although surprising is common in the throne of the chrysanthemum. Their non-verbal language is different and the Japanese avoid physical contact and displays of affection like hugging. For them, space is essential and they are uncomfortable if they are very close to other people. Even so, and despite having another lifestyle that clashes with the Mediterranean, the truth is that their coldness, given their youth – they are both 30 years old – and the happiness for having achieved their desire to marry has been surprising.
Confronting public opinion has not been easy, especially for Mako. The princess he suffers from post-traumatic stress syndrome as a result of all the stress he has suffered in recent times and that it has prevented him from answering questions from journalists after his appearance, a last minute change. Instead, five questions will be chosen and delivered in writing to the press, a solution to avoid giving Mako a hard time having to face the issues directly, thus aggravating his state of anxiety. a disorder that haunts the women of the Yamato dynasty. “Many people have a hard time and hurt their feelings trying to protect their hearts. I sincerely hope that our society is a place where more people can live and protect their hearts with the help of warmth and the support of others ”, he concluded. Despite their discretion, the newlyweds also have seen how some of their detractors crowded at the doors of the hotel where they have reappeared to protest their marriage.
Before reuniting with her now husband, the Princess was photographed leaving the family residence, the Akasaka Palace, bowing to his father, Crown Prince Akishino, and to his mother, Crown Princess Kiko, before hugging his sister, Kako. Later, he traveled by car to the civil registry to, away from the cameras, register as husband and wife. The couple now plan to move to the United States. Kei Komuro works as a lawyer in New York and his wife will march with him, leaving behind the Palacio life he has known so far.
The Princess and Kei Komuro met in 2012 at Tokyo Christian University. In September 2017, they announced their engagement and were scheduled to get married in November 2018. However, a financial scandal of his mother (the dispute began when she received money from her ex-partner that she believed was a gift and that he claimed) put the wedding at risk. From then on, there were many sectors of Japanese society that saw that the ideal fiancé would no longer be such a good candidate. Despite the uproar, Mako, true to the dictates of his heart, gave up the traditional celebrations and rechased the money that the State gives to the ladies of the Imperial House who marry commoners. In Japan, princesses who do not marry members of the Family are automatically excluded from their institutional duties and that is why they receive financial compensation.
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From the unusual image of newlyweds to the forceful declaration of love: the atypical ‘yes, I want’ of Mako from Japan