Takamado Princess Officially Announces Engagement

On Monday, Princess Ayako of Takamado and Kei Moriya held a press conference at the Imperial Household Agency in Tokyo to officially announce their engagement.

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Princess Ayoko wore a pink dress and coordinating hat for the event (matched adorably by her fiance’s striped tie!). The button based percher hat is covered in woven fabric (or very finely woven straw?) that contrasts slightly with her crepe embroidered dress, a great use of different textures not often employed with Imperial royal hats. The hat is trimmed with a folded crepe silk bow, edged with a stripe of the shiny side of the fabric and embroidered with tiny pink seed pearls. We don’t see many percher hats on Imperial royals and this one is a great choice for Ayako, particularly for this joy-filled announcement.

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Previously Worn: This hat is new
Princess Hisako was on hand to support her daughter in a smart hat covered in the same wheat-coloured silk as her suit. The design features a short brim that turns up around the back, similar to a trilby, a flat crown. The hat is simply trimmed with a hatband and front bow in the same fabric. 
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I thought this was a wonderful hat for Ayako- my only disappointment here is that after her October wedding, her public role will end. I’m sure you all join me in wishing the young couple much happiness- what do you think of this pink percher hat?
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Photos from Getty as indicated; Kyodo News, The Asahi Shimbun, and Kyodo News via Getty; FNN

12 thoughts on “Takamado Princess Officially Announces Engagement

  1. Congratulations! Happy for the couple and sad we won’t see Princess Ayako anymore. Excellent hat: color, trim, and position. Quite different for the Imperial family. I love this view of her hat: https://www.gettyimages.com/license/989548888 (too bad it’s not embeddable).

    Fast courtship like her parents. Looking forward to Ayako’s last appearances before marriage. Hmm… Noriko and Ayako both wore pink to their engagement announcements. I wonder if Tsuguko will wear pink whenever she gets engaged.

  2. Both are beautiful and elegant hats! The seed pearl decoration on Ayako’s is an exquisite touch.

    I understand that upon her marriage, her official role and duties as an Imperial princess will end, but does it also mean that we will never see her again even at larger family gatherings?

  3. Both of these get a thumbs up from me, if only because they are something different from the usual run of imperial hats. But even without that, I think Ayako’s hat is a really attractive one, and Hisako’s, while perhaps not my favourite, is interesting!

  4. I’ve been waiting for this post! This is such a beautiful cocktail hat for Ayako. Beautiful color, the placement is done very well, and the bow detailing is just perfect! If this is to be one of her final public outings as princess, then this was the best hat to wear! Brava!
    (It’s also difficult for me to determine the material of the base; in some photos it definitely looks like a woven straw of some sorts, and then in others more like a fabric)

    Only someone like Hisako could pull off a hat like this! I wish we had more angles of it to see, but despite its shininess and front-and-center bow, I give it a thumbs up!

  5. Lovely materials for both hats. The pink hat seems to be made of a very fine quality straw (possibly para buntal) rather than fabric, but it is hard to tell even in close up. I like the details in the bow, the silk edging, the little pearls.
    The couple look very happy indeed!

    • I’m relieved I’m not the only one unable to correctly read the material used for the base of this hat! It looks more like finely woven straw to me, which is interesting- we see few straw Imperial royal hats.

  6. Really like the coral hat..little seed pearls discreetly worked into the trim. The gold hat is so sophisticated, nice colour and wonderful shine. Well done.

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