Japan’s former Princess Mako works at the Metropolitan Museum of Art


Mako Komuro, formerly known as Princess Mako, has left Japan and renounced her royal title after marrying her college sweetheart last year. Mako, the eldest daughter of Japanese Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko, moved to New York in November 2021 with her husband Kei Komuro.

Now, Japan time reported that Mako assists curators at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on an unpaid internship. Speak Japan timethe former Japanese princess works on an exhibition of hanging scroll paintings by Okinawan artist Yamada Shinzan, “inspired by the life of Ippen (1239-1289), a monk who traveled through Japan during the period of Kamakura (1192-1333) introducing Buddhism to the masses by chanting prayers while dancing.”

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Japan’s Princess Mako attends Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement ceremony on October 22, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan.

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Mako earned a degree in Art and Cultural Heritage from Tokyo International Christian University, studied Art History at the University of Edinburgh, and earned her MA in Museum and Art Gallery Studies. at the University of Leicester. While still a member of the royal family, she also worked at the University Museum of the University of Tokyo.

A former Met curator said People, “She is skilled and probably handles pieces from the collection. In general, it is work that requires a lot of preparation and often involves spending a lot of time in the library.” Mako isn’t the only one growing into royalty and pursuing a career in the art world; Britain’s Princess Eugenie is associate director of a London art gallery.

Mako’s job would be unpaid, but could turn into a full-time job. When she left the Royal Family, Mako opted to forgo a dowry of around $1.4 million, making her the first female member of the Imperial Family since World War II to opt out of this payment. when she marries a commoner.

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Princess Mako and her husband Kei Komuro pose during a press conference to announce their wedding on October 26, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.

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“Kei is irreplaceable to me. For us, marriage is a necessary choice to live while cherishing our hearts,” Mako said at a press conference. The media scrutiny surrounding her decision was so extreme that she was diagnosed with PTSD before their marriage.

Mako’s husband, Komuro, who attended Fordham Law School, articled at a law firm while he studied to retake the New York bar exam. He is said to have taken the exam in February, which means he will find out whether he passed or failed in the coming months.

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