Random Royaling – Japanese Imperial Family at the Meiji Shrine

The Meiji Shrine will be 100 years old on November 1, and the senior members of the Imperial family visited the site in advance of the anniversary day. The shrine was built to honor Emperor Meiji and Empress Shōken, and the site was chosen because it was a favorite of the couple. We don’t often see the senior members of the Imperial family together anymore, so this is such a special treat.

The Emperor and Empress arrived at 9:30 a.m., and offered a Sakaki tree branch. Sakaki is considered a sacred tree in the Shinto religion. The dress code for women dictated long day dresses and hats, and I think the Japanese women handled this well. I particularly like the petal effect on Masako’s hat, which adds interest to her usual style.

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The Emperor and Empress Emeritus were also in attendance, and am heartened to see that Michiko has not abandoned her cape sleeves and small percher hats. Check out the cream puff detail – possibly a stylized bow – on the top of Michiko’s hat.

Crown Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko were on hand, too. Brooch lovers should rejoice, since the women were two for three in broochifying.

These ritual ceremonies for the ancestors are always so civilized, aren’t they? Please let us know your thoughts.