• Short Summary

    IN JAPAN, A PRINCESS OF THE IMPERIAL FAMILY RELINQUISHES HER ROYAL PRIVILEGES TO MARRY A COMMONER OF HER CHOICE.

  • Description

    IN JAPAN, A PRINCESS OF THE IMPERIAL FAMILY RELINQUISHES HER ROYAL PRIVILEGES TO MARRY A COMMONER OF HER CHOICE. PRINCESS SUGA, (FROM: SU AS IN SUE AND GA AS IN GAS) THE 21-YEAR-OLD YOUNGEST DAUGHTER OF EMPEROR HIROHITO, BIDS FAREWELL TO HER FATHER AND MOTHER AT THE IMPERIAL PALACE IN TOKYO...AS SHE LEAVES THE PALACE TO HER WEDDING IN ANOTHER PART OF TOKYO, SHE CEASES TO BE A MEMBER OF THE ROYAL FAMILY.

    CLASSMATES OF PRINCESS SUGA WHO LINED THE STREETS TO WATCH HER DRIVE TO KORINKAKU MANSION FOR THE WEDDING CHEERED THEIR ERSTWHILE CLASSMATE -- FOR PRINCESS SUGA HAS DELIVERED YET ANOTHER BLOW AT ALOOF JAPANESE ROYALTY. PRINCESS SUGA, TO THE JAPANESE PEOPLE, HAS BECOME ANOTHER SYMBOL OF DEMORACTISATION OF THIS ARISTOCRATIC SOCIETY.

    PRINCESS SUGA'S WEDDING FOLLOWS THE MARRIAGE OF HER BROTHER CROWN PRICE AKIHITO TO A COMMONER LAST YEAR.

    AT THE KORINKAKU MANSION THE PRINCESS WAS MARRIED ACCORDING TO TRADITIONAL SHINTO CEREMONIES TO 25-YEAR-OLD HISANAGA SHIMAZU, AN EMPLOYEE OF THE JAPAN EXPORT-IMPORT BANK. THE 2-MINUTE PRIVATE CEREMONY WAS HELD IN THIS ROOM IN THE PRESENCE OF EMPEROR HIROHITO AND THE EMPRESS AND NO CAMERAMEN WERE ALLOWED IN THE HALL. THERE WERE PINE AND PLUM TREES, JAPANESE SYMBOLS OF PROSPERITY AND HAPPINESS.

    THE PRINCESS WORE A SWEEPING "OSUSERAKASHI" HAIRDO AND THE VOLUMINOUS "KEIKO" AS ANCIENT COURT STYLE DRESS SOME TEN CENTURIES OLD. PRESS REPORTS SUGGESTED THAT THE PRINCESS WANTED TO BE MARRIED IN A WHITE WESTERN STYLE WEDDING DRESS, BUT THAT SHE GAVE IN UNDER THE PRESSURE OF TRADITION.

    AS THE COUPLE EMERGED FROM THE MANSION AFTER THE WEDDING, IT WAS MR. AND MRS. SHIMAZU WHO FLANKED THE EMPEROR AND EMPRESS.

    THE GBP30-A-MONTE BANK EMPLOYEE, THE PROUD BRIDEGROOM THE DAY, WORE A MORNING COAT.

    LATER IN THE DAY, THE COUPLE MOVED INTO THEIR NEWLY BUILT HOME IN TOKYO'S RESIDENTIAL SUBURB.

    THE BRIDEGROOM, WHO WAS A CLASSMATE OF PRINCE AKIHITO AT UNIVERSITY, HAD ONLY TAKEN FIVE DAYS LEAVE FROM HIS BANK, AND IT WAS SUGGESTED THAT THEIR HONEYMOON WOULD BE DELAYED AT LEAST TILL MAY WHEN THEY WILL GO TO MILAZAKI PREFECTURE IN KYUSHU TO PAY THEIR RESPECTS AT THE GRAVES OF MR. SHIMAZU'S ANCESTORS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA86EUYWLWW5G8VDXNLI7LSAY2O
    Media URN:
    VLVA86EUYWLWW5G8VDXNLI7LSAY2O
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/03/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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