The Imperial Family of Japan

Biographical Information on the Emperor of Japan and Members of the Imperial Family

Their Imperial Majesties The Emperor and Empress of Japan
Their Imperial Highnesses Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako
Their Imperial Highnesses Prince and Princess Akishino
Her Imperial Highness Princess Nori (Sayako)
Their Imperial Highnesses Prince and Princess Mikasa
Their Imperial Highnesses Prince and Princess Tomohito of Mikasa
Their Imperial Highnesses Prince and Princess Takamado
Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamatsu

Deceased Members of the Imperial Family

Biographical information on the late Emperors Shwa, Taish, and Meiji
Biographies of Empress Kojun, Empress Teimei and Empress Shken
Biographies of the late uncles and aunt of the Emperor: Prince and Princess Chichibu and Prince Takamatsu

The Miyake: Collateral Branches of the Imperial Family

History and biographical material on Imperial branch families (1815-1947)
Living heads of former Imperial branch families


Genealogy of the Imperial Line: Part I (Emperor Jimmu to Emperor Kkaku)
Genealogy of the Imperial Line: Part II (Emperor Kkaku to the present Emperor)
Genealogy of the Northern Court Emperors (1331-1384)
Genealogy of the Fushimi-no-miya in the 19th and 20the centuries
Genealogy of the House of Arisugawa-no-miya from the 17th to the 20th centuries
Former kazuko families of imperial origin
Relatives of the present Emperor of Japan

Family Trees

Family tree of the Imperial Household (1831-present)
Family tree of the House of Fushimi-no-miya (in the 19th and 20th centuries)
Family tree of the House of Arisugawa-no-miya (1625-1913)[coming soon]

Titles, Styles and Glossary

Names and Titles of Imperial Family Members

Constitutional and Legal Documents

Text of the Charter Oath and the Constitution of the Empire of Japan (1889)
Text of the Constitution of Japan (1947)
The 1889 Imperial Household Law
The 1947 Imperial Household Law
The 1947 Imperial Household Economy Law

A Few Select Royal and Nobility Links

Dag Hoelseth's Royalty Corner

The Almanach de Bruxelles, Geneological Information on the Non-European Imperial, Royal and Princely Houses

The Royal Ark: Royal and Ruling Houses of Africa, Asia, and the Americas

Heraldica: Francois Vedle's Heraldry Site (including pages on royalty and the FAQs for the newsgroup

Some Select Links to the Official Sites in Japan

Kunaicho (The official website of the Imperial Household, in Japanese only)

The Official Website of the Prime Minister of Japan and Members of His Cabinet

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Acknowledgments: The essays on this site are principally by Dr. Taliaferro. Mr. Hamish Todd of the British Library authored the essay on the House of Arisugawa no miya. I am indebted to Mr. Todd and Dr. Ikuko Yamamoto (Mrs. Richard M. Tucker) for their invaluable genealogical research and translation assistance.

Disclaimer: The primary purpose of this site is to provide genealogical information on the emperors of Japan and members of the imperial family. This is not a gossip site. Those interested in Japanese royal gossip (in English) should visit "alt.gossip.royalty" on Usenet. This site does not take any position on responsibility for the Pacific War (1931-1945) and Japanese war crimes. This is website is in no way affiliated with the Japanese government or the Imperial Household Agency. The essays represent the views and research of their respective authors.

The author welcomes suggests, comments, corrections, or additions to the genealogical information contained on this site. The author does not welcome and will not reply to the following types of e-mail correspondence:

(1) Requests to contact or meet the Emperor or other members of the Japanese Imperial Household;

(2) Requests to assistant you in your personal genealogical research

(3) Unsolicited rants on various topics

(4) SPAM

Copyright 1998-2002 by Jeffrey W. Taliaferro. All rights reserved.

Last updated: 7 December 2001


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