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Princess Ayako marries in ritual-filled ceremony at Meiji Shrine

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I can't express adequately my joy at this marriage. As a great admirer of the British royal family, it's my belief that us commoners don't appreciate the selfless devotion and hard work of royalty. No doubt the Princess (although some people say she should be stripped of her title for not marrying within the family) will work hard for the nation. Many people don't realise that Prince Charles in the UK works for three months of the year on official duties. Such a burden must be intolerable - but does he complain? No!

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Clearly, blissfully joyful couple.....A radiant Princess Ayako. natural and relaxed.

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What a splendid photograph, one of the loveliest wedding photos I've seen. I hope it takes pride of place somewhere in their new home. I wish them happiness and health.

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Love will never tear us apart

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Great photo. They look really happy.

As someone pointed out earlier though, what does it mean to specify that she is marrying a 'commoner'? As there is no longer a non-royal aristocracy in Japan, unlike the UK for example, everyone outside the immediate imperial family is automatically a commoner and therefore it would be impossible for someone in her position to marry anyone other than a commoner, unless we are talking about first cousins. Is that what it refers to?

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Sid... I certainly hope you are being sarcastic .... 3 month of a year for official duties... we commoners should be giving up on much more for the "royals"

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As a great admirer of the British royal family, it's my belief that us commoners don't appreciate the selfless devotion and hard work of royalty.

Im hoping this is sarcasm.

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Frankly, I think it's a sad day when expressing admiration for royalty is derided. Online bullying at it worst.

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Great photo of big happy smiles, love it!

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Commoner, painful, vulgar, in the present infinitive. The verb is present thoughout the article.

Please don't let this distract from Princess Ayako and Kei Moriya strong emotional bonding.

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They look like a very happy couple and I wish them all the happiness in the world, but couldn't somebody have told him his trousers were too short before they took the photograph?

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Aren't all ceremonies "ritual-filled "? Isn't that what defines them?

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I’d be smiling like a constipated Cheshire Cat too if someone paid for my wedding and bunged me over a 100 million yen.

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I wonder when she'll start producing offspring ?

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Have the Japanese Royals ever Married Foreign Royalty ?

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These religious ceremonies don't make a marriage legal in Japan. I assume they have, at some point, registered their marriage at the local city/ward office, otherwise this ceremony is just a waste of time.

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As a great admirer of the British royal family, it's my belief that us commoners don't appreciate the selfless devotion and hard work of royalty.

Really???!!!.. This is 21th Century we are not in the 12th !!.. LOL !!..

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Luddite:

These religious ceremonies don't make a marriage legal in Japan. I assume they have, at some point, registered their marriage at the local city/ward office, otherwise this ceremony is just a waste of time.

Ceremony is a communal activity that binds people who participate. Religious ceremony gives a meaning to the event. Civil registration, on the other hand, is a mere bureaucratic convenience.

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I love her hair, Japanese princesses have the most beautiful hair! Megan has nice hair too, but just not as beautiful

I also felt like other posters here, that this was the most beautiful weddings ever, my wife insisted on a Christian style wedding...I really regret this now, nothing beats the serene beauty and simplicity of a Shinto wedding! Now I'm waiting for their first born child, my daughter Aiko needs a sister or a brother!

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That kimono looks Heian-jidai. Gorgeous.

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Princess Ayako married a commoner 

Good for her. Better 'common' happiness than royal madness...

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I don't Know about the japan dressed wedding code, but the red is universally bad in monarchy.

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Nadège MoyonToday  04:07 am JST I don't Know about the japan dressed wedding code,

And that should have been the end of your post.

but the red is universally bad in monarchy.

Couldn't be too "universal" or she wouldn't be wearing that kimono, huh?

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although some people say she should be stripped of her title for not marrying within the family) 

Pray tell who within the royal family should she have married to stay there? There are no male members to get married to and current IHA law forces women out when they do get married.

She HAS been stripped of her title, it happened at the time she got married.

I am happy for both of them, and especially her, as now she will have her OWN life! Not one dictated by the IHA.

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Frankly, I think it's a sad day when expressing admiration for royalty is derided. Online bullying at it worst.

No.

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I like how so much of a big deal is being made to him being a commoner, the guy is from the elite of society and surely has been accepted by everyone involved as being an acceptable match. I know it's technically correct but I feel like "commoner" seems more like he's just some regular guy who got lucky, not someone who had been prepped his whole life to be in the 1%.

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dont worry Yubaru, you are paying for her smiles, she smiles cause your tax cash went to her pocket and paid and will pay for every brand, luxury travel and anything her heart will ever desire while you will be collecting 10yens to buy coffee.

I on the the other hand absolutely despise the idea that we should put any money at all in this "royalty" concept...

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Yada, yada, yada! Our taxpaying money at work.

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The reality of marrying a "commoner" will set in when the toilet need cleaning.

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The reality of marrying a "commoner" will set in when the toilet need cleaning.

Or the laundry (ironing clothes), cooking, and taking out the garbage.

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