Following a four-year-long engagement that was strife with scandal and scrutiny and that left the princess with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), it is no wonder that Mako preferred to do away with all the fanfare.
In fact, Mako and Komuro’s marriage consisted of an official from the Imperial Household Agency (IHA), which runs the family’s lives, submitting paperwork to a local office.
The couple later held a news conference for the media.
This means that they also decided to turn down the typical rituals, ceremonies and fanfare that usually accompany a royal wedding. Along with this comes the fact that the newlyweds will be turning down a series of gifts that are traditional in Japanese weddings.
In fact, gifting expert and chief executive officer of Find Me A Gift, Shaun Powell, decided to take a look at the different traditional Japanese gifts commonly received at weddings as well as what royals typically receive. Keep scrolling to find out what Mako and Komuro are really walking away from with their union.
1. Traditional Japanese gifts
When a couple in Japan gets married, they typically receive most of their gifts at a formal dinner which is thrown for the families of the engaged couple. This is called yui-no.
Traditionally, a bride-to-be will receive an obi which is a decorative kimono sash that represents virtue.
The groom on the other hand will receive a hakama skirt, which signifies fidelity.
The couple will also typically receive gifts such as dried fish, dried seaweed, hemp, wine, saki casks and Suehiro fans. These gifts are given on top of the gift money.