Miniature Sheet Imperial Wedding -Crown Prince Naruhito and Masako 1993
Emperor Naruhito( born 23 Feb 1960) of Japan acceded to Chrysanthemum throne on 01 May 2019 following the abdication of his father, Emperor Akihito on 30 April 2019. It ended the Heisei era and beginning of Reiwa era. He is the 126th Monarch of Japan according to Japan’s traditional order of succession.
Naruhito was born on 23 Feb 1960 to Crown Prince Akihito and Michiko Shoda. He had his schooling from the prestigious Gakushuin school system and graduated from Gakushuin University in 1982. He studied in Merton College, Oxford University from 1983 to 1986. A keen mountaineer, during his stay in England he climbed the highest mountain peaks in England, Scotland and Wales.
He first met Masako Owada at a tea for Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo, in Nov 1986 during her studies in University of Tokyo. He was captivated by her and proposed to her three times before the Imperial Palace announced their engagement on 19 Jan 1993. Their marriage took place on 09 June 1993 at the Imperial Shinto hall in Tokyo, before 800 invited guests and estimated media audience of 500 Million.
Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako have one daughter, Aiko, Princess Toshi, born ono1 Dec 2001.
Japan issued a miniature sheet on13 Oct 1993 to celebrate the Wedding of Crown Prince Naruhito and Masako Owada held in Tokyo on 09 Jun 1993. A Five Hundred Yen coin was also issued to commemorate the Imperial Wedding.