Empress Michiko of Japan had a busy weekend of health care related engagements. On Saturday, she and Emperor Akihito visited with leprosy patients in the Kikuchi Keifuen Sanatorium. For this visit, Michiko repeated the same petite pale grey saucer hat with bow and navy ribbons we saw her wear last month.
Previously Worn: August 8, 2013
On Sunday, the Imperial couple visited the Minamata Disease Municipal Museum and Monument honoring all those who suffered Minamata disease (a neurological disorder discovered in the 1950s. It was caused by mercury poisoning from a chemical plant near the city of Minamata). Empress Michiko wore what looks like a new hat (although I do have significant trouble keeping all of her grey saucer hats apart). This hat was another petite saucer, this time in a darker charcoal grey and trimmed with a unique black and white origami bow,
Last time we saw the Empress, a number of you asked if there was a reason behind her grey wardrobe. Michiko occasionally wears green, peach, lilac, yellow, blue, dark blue, and even red (gasp!) but even these pops of colour seem to be sparingly inserted in between much grey and cream. I have a hunch the colour choices simply reflect the very conservative nature of the Japanese royal establishment but that is just conjecture on my part. Can anyone else offer some insight?