Imperial Couple Visit Ise Shrine

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited the Ise Shrine yesterday in Mie Prefecture. During their visit to the shrine, the Imperial jewel and sword, two of the family’s three sacred treasures, were moved out of Tokyo’s Imperial Palace for the first time since they made the same trip 20 years ago. The other treasure, a mirror, is always kept at Ise Shrine. For this sacred event, Empress Michiko wore a small white saucer hat trimmed with a flat bow.

Empress Michiko, March 26, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

Empress Michiko, March 26, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

The day before, The Emperor and Empress were seen at Tokyo Station, boarding with the sacred treasures onto the train. Empress Michiko wore an elegant oyster grey ensemble topped with a coordinating saucer hat. I thought the two-toned grey origami bow on this hat was particularly pretty and coordinated so well with her grey purse and shoes. The words elegant and regal are what come to mind when describing this ensemble, and this hat.

Empress Michiko, March 25 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog Empress Michiko, March 25 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe both of these hats are new

Photos from Asahi Shimbun, Asahi ShimbunAsahi Shimbun and Asahi Shimbun, all via Getty Images

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