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Princess Masako: Prisoner of the Chrysanthemum Throne
By Ben Hills; Penguin Group, 2006

"It's the fantasy of many young women: marry a handsome prince, move into a luxurious palace, and live happily ever after. But that's not how it turned out for Masako Owada, a thoroughly modern woman in collision with an ancient system.

Stealing a look into the mysterious world of the Japanese royal family, Princess Masako details the pressure that the Royal Household Agency has placed on the princess to produce a male heir and prevent the world's oldest royal dynasty from dying out, and reveals the impact that the birth of a male son to her sister-in-law Princess Kiko has had on Masako's troubled life, and on any hopes she might have had for her daughter, little Aiko, to be Japan's reigning empress.

In a new afterword, Ben Hills recounts how this book came to be banned in Japan (it is only now being published in Japanese), a captivating story in its own right."

pb $14.95

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