When the smiling couple entered the sanctuary, the crowd shouted their congratulations with the Japanese word "Banzai", which means an auspicious desire for long life. Family and close friends welcomed the bride and groom on their way to the ceremony hall.
Ayako's kimono is similar in style and design to that worn by her sister Princess Noriko when she married Kunimaro Senge in 2014.
Princess Ayako, 28, is the youngest daughter of Princess Hisako and the late Prince Takamodo, cousin of Emperor Akihito. According to the imperial law of Japan, the female members of the royal family renounce their titles, status and subsidy if they decide to marry someone who has no real or aristocratic family ties. The same rule does not apply to male members of the royal family.
By marrying Moriya, an employee of the shipping company Nippon Yusen KK, 32, the princess will relinquish her royal status and will charge the Japanese government a lump sum of $ 950,000 for living expenses.
Before the ceremony began, Ayako turned her kimono into a more formal Shinto-style robe. He wore a red kouchiki, a "little cloak" with long, wide sleeves, and a long split brown skirt called naga-bakama.
The ceremony itself was a private affair, attended by only close relatives. Inside, the couple would have performed several rituals that marked a Shinto style wedding, including the exchange of bridal sake cups and the presentation of a sacred branch of Tamagushi as an offering. The newlyweds would also have exchanged marriage vows and rings.
After the final prayers, the couple emerged from the sanctuary as husband and wife. Moriya said he thought his new wife looked "beautiful" as they answered the reporters' questions. "I would like to support her firmly and, together, build a happy family with lots of laughs," she said.
"I'm shocked how blessed I am," Ayako said. From a very young age, Ayako said that he was taught that being born in the imperial family meant that his duty was to support the emperor and empress. "I will leave the imperial family today, but I will remain unchanged in my support for your majesty and majesty," he said.
"I am very happy to have celebrated the wedding at this Meiji Shrine, where my great-grandfather, Emperor Meiji, is worshiped," Ayako said. "I feel very happy."
"It's a sensible and necessary option in terms of risk management, but the elite conservatives who rule have resisted strongly despite the strong public support for women's succession," said Jeff Kingston, Director of Asian Studies at Temple University in Japan and author of the next book. Japan.
"Apparently, they do not get inspired by Queen Elizabeth … and instead they take refuge behind fatiguing patriarchal justifications for not doing it," Kingston said. "The law will change only if absolutely necessary."