Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko began a two day visit to Nagasaki yesterday. The Imperial Couple began their trip with a visit to Peace Park in Nagasaki City (the park commemorating the atomic bombing of the Nagasaki on August 9, 1945). Empress Michiko repeated her white petite saucer hat trimmed with white, black and hound’s tooth checked bows coordinating with her suit. We seldom see Michiko in strong colours or patterns and she wears this checked print well. The black and white ensemble also struck just the right note for the memorial visit.
Designer: I suspect Akio Hirata
Previously Worn: November 29, 2013
Later in the day, the Emperpor and Empress attended the opening ceremony of The 69th National Sports Festival in Isahaya City. Empress Michiko repeated a pale blue saucer hat trimmed with folded bow. The rim of the saucer hat was upturned around the back, giving a slight variation on the Empress’ signature hat style. Blue is a great colour for her, don’t you think?
Designer: Again, I suspect Akio Hirata
Previously Worn: May 16, 2012