Princess Hisako Visits Ireland

Princess Hisako of Takamado is wrapping up a visit to Ireland to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Japan-Ireland diplomatic relations. Last Friday, she visited Irish President, Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina at their official residence, Aras an Uachtarain in Dublin. She repeated a natural straw hat with short, kettle brim and a straight-sided crown with domed top. The hat is simply trimmed in a slim knotted hatband in the same fabric as her suit and a pair of orange feathers at the side. Here is a great side view of the hat in the Irish Times, taken at a visit to a children’s hospice in Dublin later that day.

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: July 30, 2016
Yesterday, on her birthday, Princess Hisako visited  Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens Tramore. She wore a cream straw hat with square crown and trilby brim, trimmed with a double hatband in two shades of green that ends in an origami sunburst on the side. I may be reading more into this than is intended but the rising sun motif combined and the Irish green colour scheme hardly seems coincidental on a visit celebrating Japanese-Irish diplomatic relations.

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new

Thoughts about these two Imperial royal hats worn in Ireland?

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10 thoughts on “Princess Hisako Visits Ireland

  1. My favourite Japanese Royal never disappoints. Her hats and clothes always seem a great deal different to the rest of the Japanese Royals wardrobes which is a good thing and her personality shines through on every engagement.

  2. Great hats and outfits worn both times by Hisako! The size is perfect for her and the little touches of unique accents coordinate perfectly with her clothes. She seems to be a delightful lady and is a great asset to the Japanese Imperial Family.

  3. Princess Hisako is always a ray of sunshine, and while not particularly fashion forward, she is always perfectly turned out. I’d also note that Lafcadio Hearn is a fascinating character. A man of the world, he moved to Japan near the turn of the 20th century, adopting it as his home and wrote extensively about Japanese folk culture, at a time when Japan was largely closed off to the West.

    • Matsue is not the only city Hearn lived in but it has a museum in his old home, another museum next door, a statue on the canal bank opposite and artwork depicting Hearn all over town. He is much loved and spoken of in revered tones. I was very honoured to meet his great-grandson there, born in Tokyo but moved to Matsue because of the family connection. He attended the opening of the Tramore garden.

  4. I usually have to look hard to find something positive to say about the hats worn by the Japanese royal ladies (Empress Michiko aside) — but not so with Princess Hisako. Her hats are low-key, as one would expect, but shape and trim as seen here are both flattering and creative. The low-contrast bone and peach of the first hat is a difficult colour combination for Hisako to wear (though it would suit First Lady Sabina Higgins to a T, in fact they could both swap outfits to great effect) — but the higher contrast of Hisako’s second hat looks just perfect on her. A great hat.

  5. Both of these hats are all business with a bit of color. They seem the type to suit the princess’ style and the occasion. I also love the nod to the host country in a subtle and dignified way!

  6. Hisako looked simply elegant both times! The color coordination and choices were excellent, and I always appreciate nods towards the host country like this without being super obvious. The hat shapes themselves are not new or terribly exciting, but they were still very effective and not fussy, which I think worked well for this particular trip. It was especially great to see her smiling in so many photos; oftentimes the Japanese imperials look rather stoic, so I appreciated the more relaxed and happy looks.

    P.S. In that last photo of Hisako and Michael Higgins, it kinda looks like Higgins is wearing an Ascot-worthy floral headpiece with spokes coming out of it haha (I say this in a fun way, not negatively, of course!).

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