Talking about famous people, those that comprise the very known Imperial House will surely be always on the list. The Imperial house of Japan, also known as the Imperial Family and the Yamato dynasty, is where the family of the reigning Emperor of Japan stays. The emperor has specific official and public duties that should benefit the state. In line with these duties, he as well has the obligation to stay as a credible symbol of the state and exemplify unity. Now, we wonder, why should all members of the family stay in Imperial House if the emperor is the one who is serving the people? This is because some members of the imperial family undertake ceremonial and social duties, those roles that are of course, have no relation to government affairs.
The emperor, after having successfully played his role, then passes down the line to no other than his children, then to the children of his children; this continues. More to the talk on passing the throne, Japanese monarchy is actually the oldest yet continuous hereditary monarchy. This rich history found its beginning with Emperor Jimmu to Akihito, the current emperor. To date, there are 125 monarchs since 660 BC.
At present, the Imperial Family comprises of 22 members. Emperor Akihito, reigning Emperor, is of course, first on the list. He succeeded his father back on January 7, 1989. Together with him will be his immediate family namely his wife Empress Michiko, his eldest son Crown Prince Naruhito, and second son Prince Askishino. Also on the list would be Prince Hitachi, second son and seventh child of Emperor Showa and Empress Kojun. Together with him is his branch which only involves his wife, now known to be as Princess Hitachi. They have no children to extend their branch. Crown Prince was then married to Masako Owada who is now the Crown Princess. They have one daughter who is now referred to as the Princess Toshi. Also comprising the Imperial House is the new branch started by Prince Akishino when he married Kiko Kawashima, now Princess Akishino. They have two daughters and a son namely Princess Mako of Akishino, Princess Kako of Akishino, and Prince Hisahito of Akishino. The list goes on involving Prince Mikasa and Princess Mikasa, the widow of their eldest son Princess Tomhito of Mikasa. Her two daughters namely Princess Akiko of MIkasa and Princess Yoko of Mikasa are as well part. Prince Katsura, the second son of Prince and Princess Makasa, and Princess Takamado, widow of their third son are within the Imperial family as well, and lastly, the three daughters of Princess Takamado namely Princess Tsuguko, Princess Noriko, and Princess Ayako of Takamado.
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