Japanese princess Ayako gets married in shrine ceremony (photos)

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Japan’s Princess, Ayako married a commoner in a ritual-filled ceremony Monday at Tokyo’s Meiji Shrine.

Princess Ayako is the 28-year-old daughter of the emperor’s cousin, and the groom, 32-year-old Kei Moriya, works for major shipping company Nippon Yusen.

The wedding took place in one of the pagoda-like buildings in the shrine complex and included an exchange of rings and a sharing of a cup of sake, according to Japanese media.

The couple was shown on national news walking slowly before guests at the shrine Monday morning.

She wore a Heian-era style hairdo and a traditional robe splashed with red and green patterns while Moriya wore coattails.

Women who marry into the imperial family become members of the family, but those who marry commoners, like Ayako, must leave.

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