Princess Akiko of Mikasa

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Princess Akiko of Mikasa : biography

20 December 1981 –

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is a member of the Imperial House of Japan and the eldest daughter of Prince Tomohito of Mikasa and Princess Tomohito of Mikasa (Nobuko). 



See also List of honours of the Japanese Imperial Family by country

National honours

  • Grand Cordon of the Order of the Precious Crown


in Japan 

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In July 1998, Princess Akiko visited Turkey for the first time to view the remains of Kaman-Kalehöyük, arranged by the Middle Eastern Culture Center in Japan, of which Prince Mikasa serves as Honorary President. Princess Akiko visited many heritage sites on her visit to Turkey. In June 2003, Princess Akiko accompanied Prince Tomohito on the tour of the heritage of Turkey that he had planned.

Princess Akiko graduated from Gakushuin University in Tokyo with a bachelor’s degree in history. While she was at Gakushuin, she spent the 2001-2002 academic year studying abroad at Merton College, Oxford.

In 2004, she returned to Oxford University as a doctoral student at the Faculty of Oriental Studies. Her research topic is William Anderson Collection at the British Museum – Western Interest in Japanese Art in the Nineteenth Century.

William Anderson (1842–1900) was an English surgeon who taught anatomy and surgery in Japan and became an important scholar and collector of Japanese art.

In December 2006, Princess Akiko assisted Tokyo University in opening a special exhibition on the 19th century art movement known as Japonisme.

In July 2007, she participated in a symposium at Ochanomizu University on the art collection of William Anderson. From January to May 2008, she was at the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture in Hanford, California doing research for her thesis.Hanford Sentinel, 12 April 2008

Akiko became a doctoral student at Merton College in the United Kingdom from October 2004 till January 2010 when she passed her final examination. In 2011, she was awarded a D.Phil. degree from the University of Oxford,[ Obituary of Prince Tomohito of Mikasa] – Oxford Today thereby becaming the second member of the Japanese imperial household to achieve a doctorate (Fumihito, Prince Akishino, was the first who earned a Ph.D. degree in Ornithology from the Graduate University for Advanced Studies in October 1996).

Between October 2009 and March 2012, she has been working as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Kinugasa Research Organization, Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto.

In July 2010, Princess Akiko also joined the "Visit to the Dedication Ceremony of the Museum of Archaeology Kaman-Kalehöyük, Japanese Institute of Anatolian Archaeology," which Prince Tomohito had planned. In January 2011, she visited the Republic of Austria to attend the 19th INTERSKI Congress in St. Anton.

She has been working at the GINKAKU Jisho-ji, Kenshu Dojo and was inaugurated as the visiting associate professor at the Kinugasa Research Organization, Ritsumeikan University from April 2012.

On 6 June 2012, Prince Tomohito died from multiple organ failure. His funeral ceremony, called "Renso no Gi," was held at the Toshimagaoka Imperial Cemetery in Bunkyo Ward and was hosted by Princess Akiko.

Titles and styles

  • 20 December 1981 – present: Her Imperial Highness Princess Akiko of Mikasa