Today Princess Norinomiya had her wedding with Mr. Kuroda who works for the Tokyo Metropolitan Government office. Since she married a civilian, she must leave the Imperial Family and relinquish her imperial title to become known as Sayako Kuroda. The Media previously called her "Norinomiya", but now they call her "Sayako san". They had a wedding ceremony in the Imperial Hotel (Teikoku Hotel) in Ginza, If it had been a royal wedding, it would have been held in the imperial palace in the traditional way.
Here is the proof. This site shows a picture that she drew in her junior high school days. Apparently it was a scene from "Castle of Cagliostro" which is one of the Lupin the third movies (Character design was by Hayao Miyazaki). Then Sayako san's wedding dress was very similar to Claris's dress in the movie. Like I wrote in the Lupin post, many people like Cagliostro including me. Yuki Uchida was an actress and she wore a tailor made Claris dress in her wedding.
We had a rumor that they would live in a high-rise apartment in Akihabara, so the police began a crackdown on sexual ads and porno movie ad panels around that area since last summer. Mr. Kuroda is a big car lover and his favorite vehicle is the Lotus Elise. Wow he would be a rich guy, anyway, but 1.5billion yen was given to Sayako san as a kind of retiring allowance from the royal family. I envy them :-).
Usually when we have some Big Imperial event, the Tokyo stock Market price goes up as a sort of gratuity. But today it was down, I suppose it was because she is leaving the imperial family and it wasn't a royal wedding. :-[ Wow it's an astonishingly severe reaction .
As royal weddings go, Sayako's mother Michiko sama and her sister in law Kiko sama were beautiful. Her other sister in law Masako sama was said to be sick from stress, but she seems to be much better recently.
By the way, I heard psychics say that the imperial palace is a big power spot in the Tokyo area. I don't have any such sensing ability, but I can tell it is a very comfortable place to walk around. And I checked how many royal families that there are in the world, there are not so many, I thought that there are more.