Catching Up With the Japanese Crown Princess

Yes… you read the headline correctly. Crown Princess Masako of Japan attended two official engagements in mid October! Because we are not used to seeing her in public, I totally missed reporting these events when the occurred. First up was the opening ceremony of the national sports festival for handicapped athletes at Tokyo’s Ajinomoto Stadium on the 12th of October. Masako wore a caramel wool felt bowler style hat with wide grosgrain ribbon trim around the brim. While I was not partial to the colour of Masako’s hat and suit, I really liked that ribbon trim around her hat’s brim.

Crown Princess Masako, October 12, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog Crown Princess Masako, October 12, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

On October 18, Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako attend the opening ceremony of the Global Environment Action conference, also in Tokyo. Masako wore a square crowned hat in cream straw with a small brim. I liked how the brim was turned down in the front but folded up in the back, similar to a trilby hat brim. It was another demure hat but I think it looked great on Maskao. I don’t want to read too much into these photographs but there seems to be a genuine spark back in Masako’s smile and that is worth a million royal hats.

Crown Princess Masako, October 18, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog Crown Princess Masako, October 18, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Crown Princess Masako, October 18, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Photos from Asahi Shimbun via Asahi Digital; Asahi Shimbun and Asahi Shimbun via Getty; and Imperial Family of Japan

8 thoughts on “Catching Up With the Japanese Crown Princess

  1. Masako is lovely. What a triumph of her courage and her husband’s love to see her making public appearances again. I like that she chooses hats that are a little bigger than the Queen’s, which I al\ways find too small. Both hats are well down on her forehead, I would like to see them higher – more lovely face to see. I do wish her continued good health.

  2. It is so wonderful to see her out with her husband, they look so happy just to be together, I like her any way she comes, she has such a hard life in that family and when puts up with lots from men in grey suits, I like the caramel color on her the best, I really hope to see more of her.

  3. The caramel hat is fine, but I am not certain that it complements her face. The roundness of the crown accentuates the roundness of her face. The cream hat with the squared off crown actually complements her face much more. As an additional aside, the new royal queens in Europe should see how a color coordinated outfits can be really modern and attractive from Masako.

  4. Masako is like a breath of fresh air. I really like the caramel colored hat, but then I like the other hat also. She looks so sweet. Hope she continues to get out in the public. They are a very cute couple.

  5. oh, I agree, with the remarks about the hats and her smile. I hope to see her out and about much more, and doing so happily! Thank you.

  6. I like both of these hats on Crown Princess Masako! It is wonderful that she is well enough to make public appearances once again! I agree with you it is great to see her beautiful smile. 🙂

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