Married Relationship facts

First Met Aug 1957

Married 1959

He became the first member of the Japanese royal family to marry a commoner after the pair met at a tennis match.

Japan's 125th Emperor
Emperor Akihito

Emperor Tsugunomiya Akihito

Age

84

Born

Saturday 23 Dec 1933

Other Partners

Professional Partners

Emperor Akihito Siblings

Shigeko Higashikuni

Sister

Princess Hisa

Sister

Kazuko Takatsukasa

Sister

Atsuko Ikeda

Sister

Prince Hitachi

Brother

Takako Shimazu

Sister

Other Partners

Yukio Mishima

Close Friendship

Professional Partners

Empress Michiko Siblings

Emiko Shōda

Sister

Iwao Shōda

Brother

Usamu Shōda

Brother

Empress Michiko

Empress Empress Michiko

Age

83

Born

Saturday 20 Oct 1934

His Other Children

Children Together

Crown Prince Naruhito

born 1960, age 58

First in line to the Japanese Throne

Prince Akishino

born 1965, age 52

2nd in line to The Japanese Throne

Sayako Kuroda

born 1969, age 49 (approx.)

Former Japanese Princess

Her Other Children

Emperor Akihito
Bio Details

Full name

Emperor Tsugunomiya Akihito

Also known as

Tsugu Akihito

Gender

Male

Age

84

Date of birth

Saturday 23 Dec 1933

Birth place

Tokyo, Japan

Occupations

Emperor Of Japan (1990)

Education

The Peers' School, Tokyo, Japan (1940)

Gakushuin University, Tokyo, Japan (1952 - 1956)

Became the 125th emperor of Japan on November 12, 1990 with his reign named as "Heisei," which means "Achieving Peace."
The world's only monarch with the title of Emperor.
Leader of the oldest hereditary monarchy in the world and a descendent of the first Emperor of Japan, Emperor Jimmu who became the country's imperial ruler around 660 BC. 
As heir to the throne, he was separated from his parents as a young boy and raised by chamberlains and tutors in line with tradition and custom.
Made a televised address to the nation in August 2016 suggesting his wish to abdicate due to declining health.  This was an appeal to Japanese Lawmakers to alter the Imperial Household Law of 1947 to include a process for abdication.  This occurred in June 2017, however the law will only apply to Emperor Akihitio who is expected to abdicate in 2018.

Trivia

Emperor Akihito Family

Emperor Akihito's parents:

Emperor Akihito's father was Emperor Hirohito Emperor Akihito's mother was Empress Nagako


Emperor Akihito's children:

Emperor Akihito's son is Crown Prince Naruhito Emperor Akihito's son is Prince Akishino Emperor Akihito's daughter is Sayako Kuroda


Emperor Akihito's current partners:

Emperor Akihito's wife is Empress Michiko


Emperor Akihito's siblings:

Emperor Akihito's brother is Prince Hitachi Emperor Akihito's sister is Takako Shimazu Emperor Akihito's sister was Shigeko Higashikuni Emperor Akihito's sister was Princess Hisa Emperor Akihito's sister was Kazuko Takatsukasa Emperor Akihito's sister is Atsuko Ikeda


Emperor Akihito's nieces and nephews:

Emperor Akihito's nephew is Yoshihisa Shimazu


Emperor Akihito's grandparents:

Emperor Akihito's grandfather was Emperor Taisho Emperor Akihito's grandfather was Prince Kuni Kuniyoshi Emperor Akihito's grandmother is Empress Teimei


Emperor Akihito's great grandparents:

Emperor Akihito's great grandfather was Emperor Meiji Emperor Akihito's great grandmother was Yanagihara Naruko


Emperor Akihito's grandchildren:

Emperor Akihito's granddaughter is Princess Aiko Emperor Akihito's grandson is Prince Hisahito Emperor Akihito's granddaughter is Princess Mako Emperor Akihito's granddaughter is Princess Kako


Emperor Akihito's uncles and aunts:

Emperor Akihito's uncle is Prince Chichibu Emperor Akihito's uncle was Prince Takamatsu Emperor Akihito's uncle was Prince Mikasa Emperor Akihito's aunt-by-marriage was Princess Mikasa


Emperor Akihito's cousins:

Emperor Akihito's cousin was Prince Tomohito Of Mikasa Emperor Akihito's cousin was Prince Katsura Emperor Akihito's cousin was Prince Takamado


Emperor Akihito's first cousins once removed:

Emperor Akihito's first cousin once removed is Princess Akiko Emperor Akihito's first cousin once removed is Princess Yohko Emperor Akihito's first cousin once removed is Princess Tsuguko Emperor Akihito's first cousin once removed is Princess Noriko Emperor Akihito's first cousin once removed is Princess Ayako


Emperor Akihito's in laws:

Emperor Akihito's daughter in law is Crown Princess Masako Emperor Akihito's father in law was Hidesaburō Shōda Emperor Akihito's mother in law was Fumiko Shōda Emperor Akihito's sister in law is Emiko Shōda Emperor Akihito's brother in law is Iwao Shōda Emperor Akihito's brother in law is Usamu Shōda Emperor Akihito's daughter in law is Princess Kiko Emperor Akihito's son in law is Yoshiki Kuroda


Empress Michiko
Bio Details

Full name

Empress Empress Michiko

Maiden name

Shōda Michiko

Also known as

Michiko Shōda

Gender

Female

Age

83

Date of birth

Saturday 20 Oct 1934

Birth place

Tokyo, Japan

Occupations

Poet

Children's Author

Empress of Japan (1990)

Education

University of the Sacred Heart, Tokyo, Japan (1953)

Rules of the Empire

If she wishes to travel into Tokyo she must gain permission 2 weeks in advance. She must change her kimono 3 times a day and keep her eyes lowered.  She always walks 3 steps behind the Emperor.  Was first allowed to travel abroad without the Emperor in 2002. 

Trivia

Empress Michiko Family

Empress Michiko's parents:

Empress Michiko's father was Hidesaburō Shōda Empress Michiko's mother was Fumiko Shōda


Empress Michiko's children:

Empress Michiko's son is Crown Prince Naruhito Empress Michiko's son is Prince Akishino Empress Michiko's daughter is Sayako Kuroda


Empress Michiko's current partners:

Empress Michiko's husband is Emperor Akihito Empress Michiko has a close friendship with Yukio Mishima


Empress Michiko's siblings:

Empress Michiko's sister is Emiko Shōda Empress Michiko's brother is Iwao Shōda Empress Michiko's brother is Usamu Shōda


Empress Michiko's grandchildren:

Empress Michiko's granddaughter is Princess Aiko Empress Michiko's grandson is Prince Hisahito Empress Michiko's granddaughter is Princess Mako Empress Michiko's granddaughter is Princess Kako


Empress Michiko's in laws:

Empress Michiko's father in law was Emperor Hirohito Empress Michiko's grandfather in law was Emperor Taisho Empress Michiko's mother in law was Empress Nagako Empress Michiko's daughter in law is Crown Princess Masako Empress Michiko's brother in law is Prince Hitachi Empress Michiko's sister in law is Takako Shimazu Empress Michiko's grandmother in law is Empress Teimei Empress Michiko's grandfather in law was Prince Kuni Kuniyoshi Empress Michiko's sister in law was Shigeko Higashikuni Empress Michiko's brother in law-by-marriage is Prince Morihiro Higashikuni Empress Michiko's sister in law was Princess Hisa Empress Michiko's sister in law was Kazuko Takatsukasa Empress Michiko's sister in law is Atsuko Ikeda Empress Michiko's sister in law-by-marriage is Princess Hitachi Empress Michiko's brother in law-by-marriage is Hisanaga Shimazu Empress Michiko's husband Emperor Akihito's uncle in law is Prince Chichibu Empress Michiko's husband Emperor Akihito's uncle in law was Prince Takamatsu Empress Michiko's husband Emperor Akihito's uncle in law was Prince Mikasa Empress Michiko's husband Emperor Akihito's aunt-by-marriage was Princess Mikasa Empress Michiko's daughter in law is Princess Kiko Empress Michiko's son in law is Yoshiki Kuroda