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Princess Hitachi : biography

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, née , is a member of the Japanese Imperial Family as the wife of Prince Hitachi.

Titles and styles

  • 19 July 1940 – 30 September 1964: Lady Hanako Tsugaru
  • 30 September 1964 – present: Her Imperial Highness The Princess Hitachi

Public service

In addition to their official duties, Prince and Princess Hitachi serve as President or Honorary President of a wide variety of organizations.

The Prince and Princess attended the 66th National Athletic Meet (in Yamaguchi Prefecture) and the 24th National Health and Welfare Festival for Senior Citizens (in Kumamoto Prefecture) in October 2011, and the 2011 Concours of Schoolchildren’s Inventions (in Hokkaido) in November 2011, among other events. On each of these visits, They took the opportunity to observe the situations in each of the regions.

They also devoted themselves to the fostering of international goodwill, through a visit in July 2011 to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (to attend events related to the Praemium Imperiale global arts prize in honor of Prince Takamatsu) and a courtesy call on Queen Elizabeth II. In March 2012, They traveled to the Kingdom of Tonga to attend the state funeral of King George Tupou V.

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The Imperial Household Council announced the engagement of HIH Prince Hitachi and Hanako Tsugaru on 28 February 1964 and the engagement ceremony was held on 14 April 1964. The wedding ceremony took place on 30 September 1964. They have no children.

Prince Hitachi and Princess Hitachi have their official residence in a palace in large gardens off Komazawadori in Higashi, Tokyo.*

Early life and education

She is the fourth daughter of Count Yoshitaka Tsugaru, a descendant of the Tsugaru daimyo of Tsugaru Domain (present day Hirosaki, Aomori and a son of the Owari branch of the Tokugawa clan). Her mother was from the Mōri clan of Chōshū Domain. Her personal crest is a stylized rhododendron.

Tsugaru studied and graduated from the Gakushuin Women's Junior College in 1961.



National honours

  • Grand Cordon of the Order of the Precious Crown

Honorary positions

  • Member of the Imperial House Council
  • Honorary President of the Japan Ikebana Art Association
  • Honorary President of the Japan Animal Welfare Society
  • Honorary President of the Japan Equestrian Federation
  • Honorary President of the Nippon-Latin American Ladies' Association
  • Honorary Vice-President of the Japanese Red Cross Society


Princess Hitachi is president of various organizations that concern themselves with welfare and the arts. She has also translated various children books from English into Japanese.

  • The Eighty-Ninth Kitten by Eleanor Nilsson (published in 1987)
  • The Most Obedient Dog in the World, by Anita Jeram (published in 1996)
  • It was Jake, by Anita Jeram (published in 1997)
  • A Guide Dog Puppy Grows Up, by Caroline Arnold (published in 2001)
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Living octopus

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