The Japanese Imperial Council formally approved Nov 27 the betrothal of a commoner Miss Michiko Shoda to Prince Akihito, heir to the throne of Japan.
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General shot of the Imperial Palace plaza. Akihito will occupy the palace when he becomes Emperor. The "Nijubashi" of double bridge which is the official entrance to the Imperial Palace. White swans swimming in the moat around the palace. Sightseers from the country who still regard the Emperor as a god praying. Aged people praying toward the direction of the palace. Closeup of a chrysanthemum crest which is the insignia of the Imperial family. General shot of the University of the Sacred Heart where Miss Michiko Shoda attended college.
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The sign of the college. General view of Miss Shoda's home. Gara of news agencies parked in front of Miss Shoda's home. Special telephone lines being installed for the big event. Still picture of Miss Michiko Shoda. Long shot of the "Nijubashi" double bridge. Closeup of the double bridge. Sightseers from the country listening to the explanation by the guide. General shot of the Imperial palace plaza. Long shot of the Imperial Household Board.
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Background: The Japanese Imperial Council formally approved Nov 27 the betrothal of a commoner Miss Michiko Shoda to Prince Akihito, heir to the throne of Japan. The bride-to-be is the eldest daughter of the president of a flour mill company.
The match has already been approved by Emperor Horohito.
Miss Shoda, will be the first commoner to marry into the Japanese Imperial Family. The romance is said to have started when the couple met on a tennis court at the fashionable mountain resort of Karuizawa. Both are aged 24.
The marriage may take place next year, but like all couples about to wed, they are looking for a house. A palace is to be built for them.