Imperial Couple Attend Nagano Festival

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko travelled to Nagano this weekend to attend the 67th National Tree-Planting Festival. for their train journey and arrival on Saturday, Empress Michiko repeated her teal blue saucer hat trimmed with black and white silk bow (it’s not visible in these photos but the bow coordinates with a black and white skirt the Empress usually pairs with this ensemble). It’s always nice to see Michiko in some saturated colour.

Empress Michiko, June 4, 2016 | Royal Hats Empress Michiko, June 4, 2016 | Royal Hats

Designer: I suspect Akio Hirata
Previously Worn: October 3, 2015June 2, 2014October 27, 2013

For the festival’s main events on Sunday, the Empress repeated her white and grey double-layer disk hat with white bow and silk flower trim. The grey underbrim on this piece provided a very subtle contrast to Michiko’s pale blue-grey suit- a minor detail but an interesting one on someone whose ensembles are usually perfectly matched. Michiko has mixed and matched this hat with more several different suits (something we seldom see her do) and since any fashion experimentation on the Imperial royals is a good thing, I’m all for it.

Empress Michiko, June 5, 2016 | Royal Hats Empress Michiko, June 5, 2016 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown. Likely Akio Hirata
Previously Worn: October 4, 2015; July 29, 2015June 3, 2015;  May 26, 2015

Your thoughts on these two hats worn by the Empress in Nagano this weekend?

Photos from The Asahi Shimbun and The Asahi Shimbun

9 thoughts on “Imperial Couple Attend Nagano Festival

  1. Two great looks for the Empress! I love this teal color on her especially, and her second outfit is different thanks to the lapel of white, which is a subtle, but fun, detail.

  2. You’ve done an amazing job detecting that this white and gray is the same worn with the other outfits. Even while blowing up the photos as much as possible, I find it hard to see all the details in this hat. Since the outfits are different and since the Empress usually follows Queen Elizabeth’s one coat-one hat dictum, I would have assumed these hats to be different.

  3. When checking the past times these hats had been worn I found it chuckle-worthy that she had worn the teal outfit before the same grey and white outfit again. She certainly has found what looks good on her and I can’t complain that she sticks to what works even if I would like a little more variety. Here’s a thought since HIM is petite and so is QEII they should switch styles for a day. That would be amazing!

  4. Like the late Queen Mother, the Empress found “her hat style” some time ago, and sees no reason to wear anything very different. When you reach a certain age, comfort is paramount, both physical comfort and the feeling that you look good. They are a charming and engaging couple. The Empress always looks soignée and chic.

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