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Princess Sayako Kuroda Edit Profile


also known as Sayako Norinomiya

Princess of Japan

Sayako Kuroda , formerly Sayako, Princess Nori , is a Shinto priestess.


Kuroda, Princess Sayako was born on April 18, 1969. Daughter of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko Shoda.


Princess Sayako studied at and graduated from the Department of Japanese Language and Literature, Faculty of Letters, Gakushuin University, in 1992.


As a result, she gave up her imperial title and left the Japanese Imperial Family, as required by law. Later in the year she was accepted as research associate at the Yamashina Institute for Ornithology, where she specialized in the study of kingfishers. In 1998, she was appointed researcher at the same institute.

She contributed articles about birds to various academic works. Apart from her research, she has traveled extensively abroad and within Japan, as a representative of the Imperial family.


The Emperor and Empress were in attendance at her wedding, as were Crown Prince Naruhito, Crown Princess Masako and other members of the Imperial Family.


  • Other Interests

    Flute, traditional japanese dance.


Married Yoshiki Kuroda, November 15, 2005, thereby relinquishing her position as a member of the imperial family.

Emperor Akihito

Empress Michiko Shoda

Yoshiki Kuroda