At the beginning of the 20th century, from Meiji through Taisho, Showa and to Heisei, the period when Japan underwent a social upheaval, there was a lady born to a Count family who cheerfully pulled through the ages with a motto in her mind "Don't worry, things will work out". Her name is Lady Ayako Tachibana, and here is her story.
The boy on the left is Kazuo. His family, the Shimamura, was a samurai family of Kouchi. His father Hayao and his mother Sugao had 7 children, and Kazuo was the second son. His father Hayao was a fleet admiral of Japanese Navy, who made great achievements in the Sino-Japanese War and the Russo-Japanese War. When Kazuo was born, Hayao was attending the Second Hague Conference (1907). Hayao's brother took one letter 和(kazu) from the word 平和 (peace), and one letter 雄(o) from Hayao's name 速雄, and named the boy Kazuo（和雄）.
The wedding of Ayako and Kazuo was held on April 11th 1935 (Showa 10) at Daijingu Shrine at Iidabashi. The go-between was Duke and Duchess Iesato Tokugawa, the 16th lord of the Tokugawa family. Iesato is Ayako's great uncle. Kazuo was 27, and Ayako was 24. The wedding reception was held at Tokyo Kaikan, inviting many guests.
After the wedding reception in Tokyo, another was held at the hometown, Yanagawa. Along the 8 kilometer drive on their private car Hudson from Yabegawa Station to the Tachibana residence, the couple was welcomed by many people. They paid their visit to the Tachibana family shrine Mihashira Jinja, and had a reception with the relatives. The following day, there was a reception on the tennis court of the residence inviting the local guests. And on the third day they were invited to a welcome party hosted by the towns of the fomer Yanagawa feud.
Movie of the reception at Yanagawa, taken by Michiyoshi Tomiyasu, the chief post officer of Kyomachi in Yanagawa.
"Always remain calm in any situation" Ayako kept the words from her father and cheerfully survived through the difficulties.