The other major royal hat we missed during coverage of the Dutch Inauguration was Sunday, April 28, when Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko attended a ceremony in Tokyo marking the anniversary of the San Francisco Peace Treaty signed in 1952. The Empress chose one of her characteristic small saucer hats, this one in white with a grey and white striped bow (Michiko also wore this hat in November 2009 for Akihito’s 20th anniversary of accession to the throne) . The choice of a white hat and dress to celebrate a peace treaty was certainly appropriate and I liked this hat more than I like many of her other ones. Michiko’s hats are often very small or look like flat plates on her head. but I thought shape and scale of this one was better suited to her. What do you think?