Japanese Princess Kiko Princess Akishino (文仁親王妃紀子 Fumihito Shinnōhi Kiko?), née Kiko Kawashima (川嶋紀子 Kawashima Kiko?, born 11 September 1966) is the wife of Prince Akishino, the second son of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan. She became the second commoner to marry into the imperial family; her mother-in-law, the Empress, was the first in 1959. She is also known as Princess Kiko.
People walk over the Nijubashi bridge at the entrance of the Imperial Palace (Kokyo) which was opened for the New Year's public appearance by the Japanese royal family, in Tokyo, Japan on January 02, 2014. Emperor Akihito (not seen) in presence of the royal family members wishes happiness and peace to the crowd at the balcony of Kokyo during the Japanese New Year (Shogatsu). (Photo by David Mareuil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)