Japanese Imperial Couple in India

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko met Indian President Pranab Mukherjee at a ceremony welcoming them to India yesterday. The Empress wore a new hat- a large (much larger than usual!) white saucer hat trimmed with a large green leaf and pink flower petals. I was very pleased to see her in something with such a large brim.

Empress Michiko, Dec. 2, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog Empress Michiko, Dec. 2, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

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Later in the day, the Imperial couple visited Jawaharlal Nehru University. This hat also appears to be a new one, although exactly the same shape of saucer (with slightly upturned rim at the back) as these two grey saucer hats. This hat was trimmed with a fabric flower in the same charcoal grey fabric as Michiko’s tailored suit.

Empress Michiko, Dec. 2, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog Empress Michiko, Dec. 2, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Photos from Hindustan Times, Raveendran, and Prakash Singh via Getty; AFP and AFP

9 thoughts on “Japanese Imperial Couple in India

  1. I LOVE the larger hat on Empress Michiko! She looks so lovely, and I love her suit and jewelry as well as her hat. The gray hat and outfit is nice as well, but I much prefer the white color on the Empress.

  2. This is such a great hat on her, she looks so elegant and chic….I love the hat, so pretty and ladylike. The entire outfit looks great, she has such dignity and grace about her…..

  3. I too am glad to see the Empress in a hat with a larger brim. I am wondering why she always wears her hat so far down on her forehead. A cultural thing, perhaps?

    • my assumption is that – like many japanese women – she is of small height and apparently has a fragile stature. so any headgear too big might look silly on her and overwhelm her overall appearance. plus: doesn’t most of us ladies fancy one (or a small number of) favourite look(s) that we tend to repeat because we feel comfortable wearing them, be it wardrobe or accessories? as for me, i confess … i do!

      although her style is predictable, i like her being covered on this blog.

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