Toshiko Higashikuni
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Toshiko Higashikuni
Toshiko Higashikuni
HIH Princess Higashikuni Toshiko.jpg
BornToshiko ()
(1896-05-11)11 May 1896
Tokyo Prefecture, Empire of Japan
Died5 March 1978(1978-03-05) (aged 81)
Tokyo, Japan
IssuePrince Morihiro Higashikuni
Prince Moromasa Higashikuni
Prince Akitsune Higashikuni
Prince Toshihiko Higashikuni
HouseImperial House of Japan (until 1947)
FatherEmperor Meiji
MotherSachiko Sono

Toshiko Higashikuni ( , Higashikuni Toshiko), born Toshiko, Princess Yasu (?, Yasu-no-miya Toshiko Naishinn?, 11 May 1896 - 5 March 1978), was the fourteenth child and ninth daughter of Emperor Meiji of Japan and one of his consorts, Sachiko Sono.


Toshiko was born in Japan, the daughter of Emperor Meiji and Lady Sachiko Sono. She held the childhood appellation "Yasu no miya" (Princess Yasu).

She married Prince Naruhiko Higashikuni on 18 May 1915. Emperor Meiji granted Prince Naruhiko the title Higashikuni-no-miya and permission to start a new branch of the imperial family before their marriage on 3 November 1906. The couple had four sons:

  1. Prince Higashikuni Morihiro (, Morohiro ?, 6 May 1917 - 1 February 1969); married Princess Shigeko, the eldest daughter of Emperor Sh?wa and Empress K?jun.
  2. Prince Moromasa (, Moromasa ?, 3 November 1918 - 1 September 1923); died in the Great Kant? earthquake.
  3. Prince Akitsune (, Akitsune ?, 13 May 1920 - 30 August 2006); renounced imperial title and created Marquis Awata Akitsune, 1940
  4. Prince Toshihiko (, Toshihiko ?, 24 March 1929 - 15 April 2015); relocated to Lins, São Paulo, Brazil, 1950 after being adopted and becoming the heir to Kinu, widow of Tetsusuke Tarama.[1]

In October 1947, the Higashikuni and the other branches of the Imperial Family were divested of their titles and privileges during the American occupation of Japan and became commoners. Toshiko died on 5 March 1978, aged 81. She was the last surviving child of Emperor Meiji.

Titles and styles

Styles of
Toshiko, Princess Yasu
(before the abolition of titles in 1947)
Imperial Coat of Arms
Reference styleHer Imperial Highness
Spoken styleYour Imperial Highness
  • 11 May 1896 - 18 May 1915: Her Imperial Highness The Princess Yasu
  • 18 May 1915 - 14 October 1947: Her Imperial Highness The Princess Higashikuni
  • 14 October 1947 - 5 March 1978: Mrs. Naruhiko Higashikuni




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  2. ^ "Genealogy". Retrieved 2017.(in Japanese)

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