Princess Hanako Visits Hiroshima

Earlier this week, Princess Hanako spent two days in Hiroshima Prefecture. For her visits on Tuesdayto the Atomic Bomb Memorial and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, she repeated her white brimless hat with straight sides, domed crown and wide band wrapped diagonally around the perimeter of the piece. We often see royals in black or grey ensembles for these kinds of memorial visits and I thought her all white ensemble was a respectfully nice change. The unusual shape of this hat makes it a continued favourite for me.

Princess Hanako, May 19, 2015 | Royal Hats

Designer: Unknown
Previously Worn: July 14, 2014

The following day, the Imperial Princess, who is Honorary President of Japan Ikebana Art Association, opened an exhibition on this form of traditional Japanese flower arrangement.  For this, she wore a new suit and matching hat in pale green silk. The hat featured a domed brown and mushroom brim which looked to be embellished with the same blue lace (or embroidery?) as the peplum on her tunic. Matching hats and suits can be a tricky thing to get right but the beautiful texture of this embellishment makes me think that this combination was a success. When it comes to royal hats, green is one of the least popular colours but for this event, I think it was a stroke of genius- this shade of green looks great on Princess Hanako and perfectly complimented the flowers at the exhibition.

Princess Hanako, May 19, 2015 | Royal HatsDesigner: Unknown
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new

I am clearly a fan of these two hats worn by Princess Hanako this week in Hiroshima. What do you think?

Photos from Hiroshima Peace Media Center and Yomiuri

7 thoughts on “Princess Hanako Visits Hiroshima

  1. Two great hats and outfits for one of my favorite Japanese royals! Hanako knows how to rock something different that isn’t too bold for the conservative styles the Japanese stick with. I hope we see both of these again in the future!

  2. I particularly like the green hat, but the Guggenheim-shaped white looks good too. Both are reasonably large and noticeable, much bigger than the Empress’s saucers, but still culturally sedate and refined.

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