Members of the Imperial Family hosted a tea party for this year’s recipients of the Order of Culture at the Imperial Palace today. While the Empress and Princess Kiko both wore a traditional kimono, Crown Princess Masako chose a white suit and coordinating hat. This squared bowler hat with short, upturned brim appears to be trimmed with a sash band around the crown topped by very narrow braided trim. While I wish for feathers, flowers or something to embellish these demure Imperial hats, braided trim is a tiny step in the right direction.
Previously Worn: I suspect this hat is new
Photos from The Asahi Shimbun