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Old 07-13-2014, 05:35 AM
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The Imperial Family attended a display of folk arts at the concert hall of the Imperial Palace East Garden.

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Old 07-14-2014, 02:27 AM
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Yesterday's show/concert was hosted by Empress Michiko to celebrate the Emperor's 80th birthday.


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Old 11-05-2014, 11:21 PM
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*Members of the Imperial Family hosted a tea party for this years recipients of the Order of Culture at the Imperial Palace today.*

It was so wonderful to see Princess Masako out so soon after the Dutch visit. She looked really wonderful in her winter white suit, hat and jewels. Hopefully this is a sign for the future that we will see more of her. Really admire this young lady.
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Old 11-05-2014, 11:27 PM
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I found this picture at Getty: Emperor Akihito speaks while Empress Michiko Crown Prince Naruhito... News Photo 187081343 | Getty Images

That's a lovely suit, yes. I like the line of the skirt.
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Old 11-05-2014, 11:33 PM
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*Members of the Imperial Family hosted a tea party for this years recipients of the Order of Culture at the Imperial Palace today.*

It was so wonderful to see Princess Masako out so soon after the Dutch visit. She looked really wonderful in her winter white suit, hat and jewels. Hopefully this is a sign for the future that we will see more of her. Really admire this young lady.
I agree 100%. CP Masako is a very elegant, dignified woman and it's delightful to see her seeming to very slowly emerge from her shell. I hope it's a sign of things to come..it's very sad seeing her husband attending weddings and other events abroad all by himself.
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Masako was only one royal lady in a suit and hat. Empress and Princess Kiko both wore a traditional dress. So i have a question. Did Masako wear traditional dresses except on her wedding day?
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Old 11-06-2014, 12:11 AM
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Masako was only one royal lady in a suit and hat. Empress and Princess Kiko both wore a traditional dress. So i have a question. Did Masako wear traditional dresses except on her wedding day?

I noticed the same thing. Is wearing traditional dresses optional or are there events (except for weddings) where it's mandatory?

If she mostly wears western clothes I have a theory that since Masako spent large parts of her upbringing abroad she doesn't feel comfortable wearing traditional clothes?


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Old 11-06-2014, 05:02 AM
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I am so happy to see C Princess attending this thea party. She is very elegant and I wish to see her now more often.
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Old 11-06-2014, 06:48 AM
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I found this picture at Getty: Emperor Akihito speaks while Empress Michiko Crown Prince Naruhito... News Photo 187081343 | Getty Images

That's a lovely suit, yes. I like the line of the skirt.

According to the caption the pic is from last year, taken on November 5, 2013.


But she did attend this year as well, wearing a slightly different hat


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Today, November 6, the annual autumn garden party at the Akasaka Palace imperial garden in Tokyo has taken place:



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Oops! Sorry about that.

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According to the caption the pic is from last year, taken on November 5, 2013.


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Old 11-06-2014, 09:40 PM
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Thanks for updates!
It is lovely to see Crown Princess Masako undertaking an official engagement. However, I wish she wore a kimono once.
Imperial Princesses in kimonos at the Annual Garden Party looked wonderful.
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It great to see the Imperial Family once again and I am pleased that Crown Princess Masako has attended too.
It is interesting that she is not wearing a kimono because if Court protocol required it, I am sure she would wear one. Maybe it's optional or personal choice.
I saw a very interesting programme the other day on NHK about traditional Japanese clothes and kimonos are very complicated to navigate round in terms of colour and material (much of which is orientated around the seasons). Even the way the obi is tied at the back will indicate status, formality and fashion choice. Kimonos are becoming a little more popular to wear on a day to day basis, particularly in the summer with light cotton ones designed using ancient patterns and worn with contrasting obis/sashes that have sometimes comical patterns.
The kimonos worn by the Imperial Princesses and the Empress will be of the highest quality and with the most symbolic patterns.
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A couple of years ago the Empress wore traditional dress at a memorial ceremony, and I remember reading that it was for a very practical reason. It was after the Emperor's 2012 heart surgery, and the Empress decided that if the Emperor needed sudden assistance, she would be quicker on her feet to get to him in traditional dress, with flat shoes, than the heels she wears with western clothes. I have no idea where I read this, but it always stuck in my memory because, if true, it points to the care the Emperor and Empress take of each other.
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A couple of years ago the Empress wore traditional dress at a memorial ceremony, and I remember reading that it was for a very practical reason. It was after the Emperor's 2012 heart surgery, and the Empress decided that if the Emperor needed sudden assistance, she would be quicker on her feet to get to him in traditional dress, with flat shoes, than the heels she wears with western clothes. I have no idea where I read this, but it always stuck in my memory because, if true, it points to the care the Emperor and Empress take of each other.
I am wondering if it might have been the other way round, Chubb Fuddler, and that the Empress wore western-style clothes for that particular ceremony. I only say this because the kimono (or so I have learned) is designed to deliberately restrict body movement in such a way as to forcing a straighter back and for the wearer to take smaller, more delicate steps when walking (the sandals -or Zori in Japanese - are rather like clogs or flip-flops, and assist in the idea of walking more delicately).
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Old 11-07-2014, 03:20 PM
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It great to see the Imperial Family once again and I am pleased that Crown Princess Masako has attended too.
It is interesting that she is not wearing a kimono because if Court protocol required it, I am sure she would wear one. Maybe it's optional or personal choice.
I saw a very interesting programme the other day on NHK about traditional Japanese clothes and kimonos are very complicated to navigate round in terms of colour and material (much of which is orientated around the seasons). Even the way the obi is tied at the back will indicate status, formality and fashion choice. Kimonos are becoming a little more popular to wear on a day to day basis, particularly in the summer with light cotton ones designed using ancient patterns and worn with contrasting obis/sashes that have sometimes comical patterns.
The kimonos worn by the Imperial Princesses and the Empress will be of the highest quality and with the most symbolic patterns.
Your observations are informative as usual. I venture an opinion that Crown Princess Masako is allowed to break the protocol and wear a European ensemble.
Kimonos worn by Empress Michiko are masterpieces.
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Old 11-07-2014, 04:29 PM
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Your observations are informative as usual. I venture an opinion that Crown Princess Masako is allowed to break the protocol and wear to a European ensemble.
Kimonos worn by Empress Michiko are masterpieces.
Thanks Al_bina - I love the Japanese culture and watch a lot of the NHK channel, which is all in English!

With regard to Crown Princess Masako, much has been written negatively about her treatment inside the Imperial palace walls over the years and even suggestions that her status or role is being diminished somehow. But maybe you are right, perhaps allowances are being made to her personal tastes and wishes from time to time.
Either way, I detect a definite change in her wellbeing - we are seeing more and more of her and it is a great relief!
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I also am hoping that good things are happening for her now, I have read that when the Empress married the Emperor that she also suffered from the hands of the IHA and had depression for many years. It is sad the way women in this family are treated if they obey the rules of the men in gray suits..........PM is such a dignified lady and I hope that soon she will be out at another event so we can see her smile, which is radiant.
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I agree. She's a beautiful woman and seems very sympathetic when she's meeting people.
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I managed to track down the article about the Empress wearing zori. It was at the Great East Japan Earthquake memorial service in March 2012. The Empress also stood next to the Emperor as he delivered his speech, just in case.

Empress wore sandals because she was worried about her husband
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