Imperial Couple Conduct Memorial Visits

The Imperial royal couple visited the mausoleums of Emperor Showa and Empress Kojun (late parents of Emperor Akihito) yesterday at the Musashino Imperial Graveyard in Tokyo. For this customary visit following a foreign tour,  Empress Michiko repeated her stacked grey saucer hat with slim stripe around the trim and flat bow trim.

Empress Michiko, April 16, 2015 in Akio Hirata | Royal Hats

Empress Michiko, April 16, 2015 in Akio Hirata | Royal Hats

Designer: Akio Hirata
Previously Worn: November 20, 2013; August 15, 2011;  August 15, 2009; June 22, 2009; August 15, 2008August 15, 2007; August 15, 2006; August 15, 2005; August 15, 2004March 17, 2004; August 15, 2003; August 15, 2002August 15, 2001August 15, 1995

Later in the day, the Emperor and Empress visited Takao Mikoromo Hall, a Buddhist shine and memorial for victims of industrial accidents during the post-war rapid economic growth of Japan. For this engagement, the Empress repeated her larger scale pale grey saucer hat trimmed with charcoal grey origami flower. This is always an attractive hat on her- the pale grey saucer breaks up the darker grey ensemble and the origami trim gives layered interest to the hat.

Empress Michiko, April 16, 2015 in Akio Hirata | Royal Hats

Designer: likely Akio Hirata
Previously Worn: January 14, 2015;  April 11, 2014December 6, 2013; December 2, 2013

Photos from Getty as indicated

3 thoughts on “Imperial Couple Conduct Memorial Visits

  1. Another interesting hat that day was the one worn by the Shinto priest – pity it is not a Royal hat so that we can discuss it! 🙂

  2. These are both excellent hats for the Empress and very appropriate for the occasions. FYI, they are Their Imperial Majesties, not Highnesses. 🙂

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