Crown Prince Naruhito was born on February 23, 1960, as the eldest son of the emperor and Empress Michiko. Until he was 28, his grandfather Hirohito (Emperor Showa) occupied the throne. The name Naruhito consists of two Chinese ideograms taken from an ancient Chinese Confucian philosophy book meaning “a man who will acquire heavenly virtues”. In 1984, when he was still crown prince, Akihito stated at a press conference, “I believe that properly understanding the everyday feelings of a family is a way of appreciating and understanding the feelings of citizens whom I may never have the chance to meet.” Crown Prince Naruhito Biography and Profile.
Princess Masako of Japan was born Masako Owada on December 9, 1963, in Tokyo, Japan, to Ambassador Hisashi Owada and Yumiko Owada. Princess Masako is the crown princess of Japan. At a reception for Spain’s Princess Elena in Tokyo in 1986, Masako was introduced to the Crown Prince Naruhito. He became immediately enamored and began courting her. She is best known for her independent nature before she joined the royal family. Read Crown Princess Masako Biography and Profile.