Members of the Imperial Family gathered yesterday at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo to take part in the Kousho Hajime (Imperial New Year’s Lectures).
Held annually since 1869, the Court Dress code for this event sees all the ladies in gowns and hats except for Empress Michiko, who forgoes a hat as she is officially hosting the event in her home. Princess Kiko repeated the blue grey calot she wore to the lectures last year.
Princess Mako repeated a turquoise pillbox with bumper-style raised sides she first wore for her grandfather’s 80th birthday three years ago.
Princess Hanako of Hitachi repeated the vibrant blue leopard printed silk gown and matching bumper hat with feather trim that she wore for the New Year’s Poetry reading last year. While the detail on this hat is not visible on this photo, jump over to this post for a better view taken during its first outing.
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Disappointed at the much smaller crowd and repeats. Hanako wins with best hat and overall ensemble, although Mako’s light cerulean color is gorgeous.
I do wonder are these lectures interesting or is it a case of boring for Japan? sitting looking demure and holding a fan whilst desperately trying to stay awake?
The Empress didn’t wear a hat is not because it was hosted at her own home but because she has long-time problems with her cervical vertebra. So in her case, wearing a hat can be a burden!
Thats why she doesn’t wear tiaras any more but she wears hats all the time.Like Queen Mary in her Toques and Beatrice of the Netherlands she has her own unique har shape and style, in her case elegant saucers.
Indeed, the Empress’ hats have long been very lightweight to accommodate her health.
Interesting note- Queen Elizabeth also doesn’t wear hats for investitures or receptions held inside Buckingham Palace- her role as host removes the need!
I still like the calot worn by Princess Kiko, very elegant.
Princess Hanako for the win! Terrific color and style of hat and gown.