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The groom’s parents were not permitted to attend. Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko watched the ceremony on TV, along with the rest of Japan, as their second son, Prince Aya, 24, wed graduate student Kiko Kawashima, 23, at a Shinto shrine in the woods of the Imperial Palace grounds on June 29. The Imperial Household Agency, which rules like a dragon on matters of royal etiquette, bans the monarch from any palace event at which he would play second fiddle. Only later that day, after Princess Kiko had doffed her $229,000, multilayered kimono (which at 50 pounds weighed nearly half as much as she) for a white formal gown and diamond tiara and the Prince had changed from silk robes to a tailcoat, did the couple bow before the Emperor and officially report their marriage.
After her appearance in the extravagant ceremonial Hanae Mori kimono which weighed 30 pounds, the Japanese Princess changed into a modern ivory design for the rest of the occasion. The highlights for her latter attire were the matching diamond tiara and necklace. Her white high gloves stood out against the cream printed gown and its matching purse