Imperial Couple at Tree Planting Festival

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko are on a three day visit to Niigata Prefecture to attend the 65th National Tree-Planting Festival. Yesterday, the Imperial couple  visited the Jomon Pottery museum in Nagaoka City. Empress Michiko wore a very pretty Wedgewood blue large saucer hat with coordinating bow trim. It looks like this hat also had a stripe of white to coordinate with the white sleeve on Michiko’s suit- an ingenious and unique touch.

Empress Michiko, May 31, 2014 | Royal HatsDesigner: I suspect Akio Hirata
Previously Worn: While this hat is very similar to the hat she wore for the April 18, 2014 garden party, I think they are slightly different and this is a new hat.

Today, their Imperial Highnesses took in the 65th National Tree-Planting Festival. The Empress debuted another new hat, a large white saucer with bows in black gingham and lime green to coordinate with her suit jacket. The black gingham and lime green colour combination is a departure for Empress Michiko and I thought it looked fresh and very summery.

Empress Michiko, June 1, 2014 | Royal Hats

A number of you have asked how Empress Michiko keeps her saucer hats from falling off. The photo below reveals this logistic secret.

Empress Michiko, June 1, 2014 | Royal Hats

Designer: I suspect Akio Hirata
Previously Worn: I believe this is a new hat

What do you think of these two new royal hats?

Photos from The Imperial Family of Japan

10 thoughts on “Imperial Couple at Tree Planting Festival

  1. The shoes seem to go with the purse colour if the picture colour is true. I am wondering if the right sleeve of the suit is white while the rest of the suit is pale blue? The hat seems to a wee bit white and light blue. This hat I do not mind . I am a bit confused as the picture is not the best.

  2. I don’t mind about the shoes. There is nothing worse than having your feet hurt, and these women stand much more than most of us, unless you work on your feet all day. I’d go with anything comfortable.

  3. I think these are her “go to” dark grey and black shoes and they are just showing up as khaki. The Empress and her minders seems far too meticulous in her dress to make such a simple error. But maybe her feet hurt or she lost a heel at the last minute…….. I am very forgiving of elderly women especially those like the Empress and Queen Elizabeth who are out and about so much. If in your 80s you attend 450 events in a year and stand and walk for hours I could forgive you for wearing bedroom slippers. LOL.

  4. The Empress looks stunning in Wedgwood blue, just as British Queen Elizabeth 2nd does, though I preferred the Queen’s outfit worn to present new colors to the Household Cavalry, recently featured on this site. I am always surprised by the Empress’s choice in accessories, they always look dated, and never match or coordinate with her outfits, which is a shame, as she does wear some lovely clothes and hats. Then again, Queen Elizabeth usually carries the same dated usually black handbags and tends to match them with a boring pair of black low-heeled pumps. I know these ladies are not spring chickens, and I don’t expect them to be in stileto-heeled shoes, but there are still lots of flats and low-heeled shoes that are elegant and stylish.

  5. Whatever would possess a woman to put khaki green and black shoes with a blue and white suit? AND a tan handbag? The tan handbag I understand with the suit but not with those shoes. They ruin her whole outfit.

  6. If these hats were on anyone else, they’d be really interesting! As they are on the Empress, they are entirely predictable (though in these cases very attractive) variations on a theme. Not that they are any the worse for that. I think the Empress is on to a winning formula. I love the blue outfit and hat – a less common colour for the Empress.

  7. Both hats are wonderful, especially the black and lime green. As was mentioned the other day, the Empress has a unique style, easily identifiable. (Yes, the shoes don’t go with anything. But then there are Queen Elizabeth’s ever-present black shoes. Perhaps these women think they’re going to be photographed only from the knees up?)

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