|Naruhito Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 5 in|
|Date of Birth||February 23, 1960|
Naruhito is the Emperor of Japan who acceded to the Chrysanthemum Throne on May 1, 2019, beginning the Reiwa era, following the abdication of his father, Akihito. He became the 126th monarch according to Japan’s traditional order of succession.
Imperial Household Agency Hospital, Tokyo Imperial Palace, Tokyo, Japan
Naruhito was enrolled in the prestigious Gakushūin school system when he was 4 years old. Afterward, he attended Gakushuin University, from where he graduated in March 1982 with a Bachelor of Letters degree in history.
He then joined the Merton College, Oxford University in the United Kingdom and undertook a 3-month intensive English course in July 1983. He joined the Japan Society and the drama society and became the honorary president of the karate and judo clubs as well as played inter-college tennis and took golf lessons from a pro.
Later on, Naruhito once again got enrolled at Gakushūin University and earned a Master of Humanities degree in history in 1988.
Emperor of Japan
- Father – Emperor Emeritus Akihito (Reigned as the 125th Emperor of Japan)
- Mother – Empress Emerita Michiko (Empress Consort of Japan from January 7, 1989, to April 30, 2019)
- Siblings – Fumihito, Prince Akishino (Younger Brother) (Member of the Japanese Imperial Family, Declared heir-presumptive to the throne in November 2020), Sayako Kuroda (Younger Sister) (An imperial Shinto priestess of the Ise Grand Shrine who has served as the Supreme Priestess)
- Others – Emperor Shōwa (Paternal Grandfather) (124th Emperor of Japan), Empress Kōjun (Paternal Grandmother) (Member of the Imperial House of Japan), Shigeko Higashikuni (Paternal Aunt), Sachiko, Princess Hisa (Paternal Aunt), Kazuko Takatsukasa (Paternal Aunt), Atsuko Ikeda (Paternal Aunt), Masahito, Prince Hitachi (Paternal Uncle), Takako Shimazu (Paternal Aunt), Hidesaburō Shōda (Maternal Grandfather) (Businessperson), Fumiko Soejima (Maternal Grandmother), Kiko, Princess Akishino (Sister-In-Law), Mako Komuro (Niece), Princess Kako of Akishino (Niece), Prince Hisahito of Akishino (Nephew), Hisashi Owada (Father-In-Law) (Former Jurist, Diplomat, Law Professor, Served as a Judge on the International Court of Justice from 2003 until June 7, 2018, and was President of the Court from 2009 to 2012), Yumiko Egashira (Mother-In-Law)
Naruhito is represented by the Imperial Household Agency.
5 ft 5 in or 165 cm
62 kg or 136.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Naruhito has dated –
- Masako Owada (1992-Present) – In November 1986, he first met Masako Owada (staff working at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs) at a tea for Infanta Elena of Spain and was immediately captivated by her. Despite the Imperial Household Agency’s disapproval of Masako Owada, he pursued her relentlessly and proposed to her 3 times. Masako initially refused to marry the prince because it would force her to give up her promising career in diplomacy and severely restrict her independence and freedoms but after Naruhito argued that serving as Crown Princess of Japan would only be “another form of diplomacy”, she accepted the 3rd proposal by Naruhito on December 9, 1992. The Imperial Household Council formally announced the engagement on January 19, 1993, and the ceremony was held on April 12, 1993. They got married on June 9, 1993, in a traditional wedding ceremony attended by 800 invited guests, including many of Europe’s heads of state and royalty. Masako’s first pregnancy was announced in December 1999 but she miscarried. On December 1, 2001, the couple was blessed with a daughter named Aiko, Princess Toshi.
Race / Ethnicity
Salt and Pepper
Naruhito Favorite Things
- Player Of Yomiuri Giants In The Central League – Shigeo Nagashima
Source – Wikipedia
- He climbed the highest peaks in 3 of the constituent countries of the United Kingdom – Scotland’s Ben Nevis, Wales’s Snowdon, and Scafell Pike in England – during his time at Merton College.
- On October 22, 2019, Naruhito’s enthronement ceremony took place and he was duly enthroned in an ancient-style proclamation ceremony.
- Naruhito opened the 2020 Summer Olympics (originally scheduled to be played in 2020, postponed by the COVID-19 pandemic) hosted in Tokyo on July 23, 2021.
- During his spare time, he enjoys jogging, hiking, and mountaineering. His birthday was named “Mount Fuji Day” by Shizuoka and Yamanashi Prefectures because of his love of the mountain.
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