Empress Michiko – A fairytale gone wrong

The future Empress of Japan was born as Michiko Shōda as the daughter of Hidesaburō Shōda and Fumiko Soejima on 20 October 1934 at the University of Tokyo Hospital. She was the second of four children. She received a solid education, a combination of traditional and Western, and learned to speak English. She attended the [read more]

Empress Kōjun

Empress Kōjun – Fragrant Purity

The Empress Kōjun was born Princess Nagako on 6 March 1903 as the daughter of Kuniyoshi, Prince Kuni by his consort, Shimazu Chikako. As a member of one of the Ōke (also known as the Old Imperial Family branch), she was eligible to provide an heir to the throne. She attended the Girls’ Department of Peers’ School in Tokyo, which was [read more]