Royal Hats this Year: Japan Part 1

Royal Hats Year In Review 2014The Imperial Royal Family are among the most prolific of royal hat wearers- so prolific that we have to break their 2014 millinery review into two posts. In cases where a hat was worn repeatedly 2014, it is shown here just once (usually, the most recent outing) and you can click on each hat to take you to the original post with larger views and detailed information. Without further ado, here are the hats we saw worn by all of the Japanese princesses in 2014:

Princess Hanako of Hitachi

1. Princess Hanako, Jan 10, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog 2. Princess Hanako, January 15, 2014 | Royal Hats 3. Princess Hanako, January 26, 2014 |  Royal Hats 4. Princess Hanako, April 6, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog 5. Princess Hanako, May 15, 2014 | Royal Hats

6. Princess Hanako, June 15, 2014 | Royal Hats 7. Princess Hanako, July 8, 2014 | Royal Hats 8. Princess Hanako, July 10, 2014 | Royal Hats 9. Princess Hanako, July 3, 2014 | Royal Hats 10. Princess Hanako, July 14, 2014 | Royal Hats

Princess Akiko and Princess Yoko of Mikasa

11 & 12. 2014-01-10 New year lectures 3 Mikasa 13. Princess Akiko, January 15, 2014 | Royal Hats 14 & 15. Princess Yoko and Princess Akiko, April 17, 2014 | Royal Hats

16. Princess Akiko of Mikasa, April 28, 2014 | Royal Hats 17. Princess Akiko of Takamado, June 17, 2014 | Royal Hats 18. Princess Akiko of Mikasa, July 27, 2014 | Royal Hats 19. Princess Akiko, October 6, 2014 | Royal Hats

20.Princess Yoko, October 11, 2014 | Royal Hats 21. Princess Yoko, October 16, 2014 | Royal Hats 22. Princess Yoko, October 16, 2014 | Royal Hats 23. Princess Yoko, November 10, 2014 | Royal Hats

Princess Noriko, Princess Tsuguko and Princess Ayako of Takamado

24. Princess Noriko, Jan 10, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog 25. Princess Noriko, January 15, 2014 | Royal Hats 26. Princesses Tsuguko, April 17, 2014 | Royal Hats 27. Princess Noriko, April 17, 2014 | Royal Hats 28. Princess Noriko, May 27, 2014 | Royal Hats 29. Princess Ayako, July 3, 2014 | Royal Hats

30. Takamado Princesses, July 13, 2014 | Royal Hats 31. Princess Noriko of Takamado, September 3, 2014 | Royal Hats 32. Princess Noriko, October 3, 2014 | Royal Hats 33. Princess Noriko, October 5, 2014 | Royal Hats

Princess Hisako of Takamado

34. Princess Hisako, Jan 10, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog 35. Princess Hisako, January 15, 2014 | Royal Hats 36. Princess Hisako, February 2, 2014 |Royal Hats  37. Princess Hisako, April 17, 2014 | Royal Hats

38. 2014-06-15 wake 6 39. Princess Hisako, July 3, 2014 | Royal Hats  40. Princess Hisako, July 13, 2014 | Royal Hats 41. Princess Hisako, September 1, 2014 | Royal Hats

42. Princess Hisako, September 3, 2014 | Royal Hats 43. Princess Hisako, October 3, 2014 | Royal Hats 44. Princess Hisako, October 26, 2014 | Royal Hats 45. 2014-11-13 Japan Ex 2014 46. 2014-11-25 Chrysanthemum exhibition 1

Princess Mako of Akishino

47. Princess Mako, April 17, 2014 | Royal Hats 48. Princess Mako, May 26, 2014 | Royal Hats 49. Princess Mako, June 15, 2014 | Royal Hats

50. Princess Mako, June 17, 2014 | Royal Hats 51. Princess Mako, July 3, 2014 | Royal Hats 52. Princess Mako, July 13, 2014 | Royal Hats 53.2014-12-28 Akihito birthday 1

Princess Kiko of Akishino

54. Princess Kiko, Jan 10, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog 55. Princess Kiko, January 15, 2014 | Royal Hats 56. Princess Kiko, January 27, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog 57. Princess Kiko, January 31, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

 58. Princess Kiko, April 17, 2014 | Royal Hats 59. Princess Kiko, June 3, 2014 | Royal Hats 60. Princess Kiko, June 15, 2014 | Royal Hats 61. Princess Kiko, June 17, 2014 | Royal Hats 62. Princess Kiko, July 13, 2014 | Royal Hats

 63. Princess Kiko, July 3, 2014 | Royal Hats 64. Princess Kiko, October 4, 2014 | Royal Hats 65. Princess Kiko, October 6, 2014 | Royal Hats 66. Princess Kiko, October 6, 2014 | Royal Hats 67. 2014-12-28 Akihito birthday 1

Crown Princess Masako

68. Princess Masako, June 15, 2014 | Royal Hats 69. Princess Masako, June 17, 2014 | Royal Hats 70. Crown Princess Masako, July 3, 2014 | Royal Hats 71. Princess Masako, July 13, 2014 | Royal Hats 72. Crown Princess Masako, July 15, 2014 | Royal Hats

73. Crown Princess Masako, July 29, 2014 | Royal Hats 74. Crown Princess Masako, October 29, 2014 | Royal Hats 75. Crown Princess Masako, October 30, 2014  | Royal Hats 76. Crown Princess Masako, November 4, 2014 | Royal Hats

77. Crown Princess Masako, November 10, 2014 | Royal Hats 78. 2014-12-09 birthday 79. 2014-12-28 Akihito birthday 2

I think the collection above shows more creativity, diversity and colour than we might have expected. Will any of these hats receive your nomination for favourite royal hat of 2014?

Stay tuned tomorrow for a look at all the hats worn by Empress Michiko.

Please click on each photo to link back to the original post with additional information and photo sources

11 thoughts on “Royal Hats this Year: Japan Part 1

  1. Please everybody remember that final approval for the wardrobe of the Imperial family rests with the Imperial Household Agency, so this severely restricts their fashion options.

    Princess Hanako of Hitachi: best hat, photo 3, a cream coloured bowler style hat with bow trim, which worked well with her royal blue dress. Second best was photo 7, an aqua hat with rounded crown and small brim, trimmed with a wide roll of ruched coordinating fabric. It was an unusual hat. Third was the hat in photo 10, a small white brimless hat.

    Princess Akiko: Princess Akiko’s cream hat with square crown and short, upturned brim trimmed in a mint band to match her suit, at photo 19, was her best I think. Second best was Princess Akiko’s pale pink calot, photo 13.

    Princess Yoko of Mikasa: her best outfit was the white suit with a coordinating white fedora hat, photo 23. Her worst hat was the grey wool fedora hat that looked like it had been sat on, photo 20.

    Princess Noriko: her best hat was her embellished terra-cotta orange brimless pork pie hat, which matched her outfit, photo 25. Another good look for her was the mint green suit and a coordinating hat with flared brim and square crown wrapped in a large silk bow, seen in photo 33.

    Princess Tsuguko: her top look was the a navy pillbox with pork pie indented crown, in photo 26.

    Princess Ayako: her best look was the pale blue bumper hat with silk rose trim on the side, in photo 30.

    Princess Hisako of Takamado: her best look was the jaunty beige-cream bowler with squared crown and large spray of flowers and feathers on the side, photo 37. I also quite liked her olive green bumper hat with the olive and dusty rose striped sash around the crown and a dusty rose bloom on the side, photo 44.

    Princess Mako of Akishino: her best look was the hat that hatQueen described as a quirky little black hat with squared crown and tightly upturned brim, photo 48. I liked all her hats this year.

    Princess Kiko of Akishino: Princess Kiko’s best look was her grey embroidered calot, photo 55. I was also impressed when she topped her white suit with a very smart navy and white hat, photo 66.

    Crown Princess Masako: It was wonderful to see the Crown Princess out in public again this year and I thought all her hats and outfits were good. Her best look was when she paid homage to the visiting Dutch Royals, the House of Orange-Nassau, in a suit and bumper hat of orange hue, which flattered her coloring so well, photo 74. This was the best hat and outfit out of this group of Princesses.

  2. While not necessarily my taste, I appreciate that the younger Japanese princesses wear larger hats so elegantly (larger when compared to young European royals). Overall, I love Princess Kiko’s hats and hat # 54 and 64 stand out for me. Hat # 54 for being so effortlessly chic and well place and hat # 64 for showing us a beautiful and feminine casual hat, which in my opinion is a rarity with European royals.

  3. Princess Hanako and Princess Hisako definitely had a few surprises waiting for our review this year. #44 would not normally be my favorite, but I think it works so well on Hisako and the detailing is quite different for what we normally see on the Japanese. I also loved #77 on Masako and was so glad to see her back in action this year.

  4. Princess Hanako of Hitachi wears her hats well. (Especially #’s 8 & 10) I love the wide brimmed hats worn by Princess Kiko of Akishino. (Hat #’s 58, 63, 64, 65, and 66) My favorite among these hats is # 10…it surprised me!

  5. Princess Hanako’s hats are sophisticated, attractive and beautifully coordinated with her outfits. Hats 1 and 10 are among my favourites.
    I am a great admirer of the mourning outfits worn by the Japanese royal family. They always look very gracious in a restrained, respectful, somber and elegant way. No 38 with Princess Hisako is a good example especially in the full picture. If I were grieving I would find that elegant orderliness soothing and comforting. I like no.6 on Princess Hanako too. The pictures showing women in their long court dresses and hats are not large enough for me to really offer comment. There appears to be some beautiful detailing and use of lovely albeit stiff fabrics. I love Crown Princess Masako’s butterscotch hat No 74 and am so delighted to have her back on the scene that I would cut her a mile of hat slack just to see her beautiful smile.

  6. My eyes keep going back to Kiko’s green hat (58?). 55, the gray nurse’s cap isn’t so good. I REALLY want to like Masako’s hats best, but they’re pretty much the same and not that flattering. 77 is my favorite of hers because it’s different and much nicer on her than the others. Also I always love brown.

  7. You’re right: there’s more creativity in design and less consistency in these hats than I’d thought — and more color. Cultural differences are so important. While most of these designs might not be big hits in the west, they’re obviously suitable and appropriate in Japan.

  8. 74 is a favorite on sentimental grounds. 64 & 77 are quite nice. There is more variety than I would have guessed, and some lovely hats here, but these are too “safe” to qualify as best or worst of the year for me.

  9. I don’t usually mind how the imperial family sticks to a couple types of hats since I love boaters and pillboxes, but it does make it hard to choose standout favorites! I like 32 for the peach flower detailing and because I think it’s difficult to pull off a straight-atop-the-head pillbox. In general I like the upturned brim hats Masako wears, not necessarily because they’re nice hats, but because I know how much she loves the Netherlands and I feel like she’s mimicking Beatrix a little.

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