The Emperor and the Empress held a banquet for President Donald Trump and his wife Melania at Imperial palace

On May 27, 2019, Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako held a banquet for U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. For the imperial couple, it was their first hosting of any banquet since they became emperor and empress. Among the attendees of the state banquet, there were Crown Prince Fumihito, Crown Princess Kiko, and 165 guests.
Empress Masako and first lady Melania Trump both wore light dresses. Crown Prince Fumihito, Crown Princess Kiko
Empress Masako and first lady Melania Trump both wore light dresses. Crown Prince Fumihito, Crown Princess Kiko
Empress Masako and first lady Melania Trump both wore light dresses. Crown Prince Fumihito, Crown Princess Kiko
Empress Masako and first lady Melania Trump both wore light dresses. Crown Prince Fumihito, Crown Princess Kiko
Empress Masako and first lady Melania Trump both wore light dresses. Crown Prince Fumihito, Crown Princess Kiko
Empress Masako and first lady Melania Trump both wore light dresses. Crown Prince Fumihito, Crown Princess Kiko
Empress Masako and first lady Melania Trump both wore light dresses. Crown Prince Fumihito, Crown Princess Kiko
Empress Masako and first lady Melania Trump both wore light dresses. Crown Prince Fumihito, Crown Princess Kiko
Empress Masako and first lady Melania Trump both wore light dresses. Crown Prince Fumihito, Crown Princess Kiko
Empress Masako and first lady Melania Trump both wore light dresses. Crown Prince Fumihito, Crown Princess Kiko
Empress Masako and first lady Melania Trump both wore light dresses. Crown Prince Fumihito, Crown Princess Kiko
Empress Masako and first lady Melania Trump both wore light dresses. Crown Prince Fumihito, Crown Princess Kiko

39 comments:

  1. Why no tiara??

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    1. Because when a royal or imperial couple receives the representatives of a republic or a country without royalty, the tiara is not obligatory for queens and princesses

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    2. Black tie event. No such big fuss like white tie, where you should expect tiaras to show up on the head of royal/imperial ladies. That's mainly why.

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  2. The First Lady of The US looks stunning, beautiful. And so does the empress with her beautiful gown, very elegant. Great reception.

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  3. Both Ladies are a hit. Beautiful gowns. I never seen the Empress Masako so relaxed. I believe as long as she can put her own mark on things she will be just fine.The Necklace is to die for.These are two classy ladies.

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  4. Both the empress and frist lady look stunning. I'm loving the gorgeous necklace the empress is wearing.

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  5. Empress Masako - you look so beautiful!

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    1. I love Masako's beautiful hairstyle -- it suits her wonderfully.

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  6. Although they are so pale, I love both outfits. Pure elegance in both cases. I also really like the photos of the President and Empress and the Emperor and First Lady seemingly interacting so comfortably.

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  7. Gawd. What a way to begin a reign.

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    1. Haha. On the other hand, it's all uphill from there.

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    2. AnnieM, I agree with you, and am proud of the friendship being forged between the Japanese leaders and our President, of whom I also am proud.

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    3. Gawd struth, Uphill or not, I think she'll make a great Empress.

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  8. Grace and elegance defined by both lovely ladies.

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  9. What an honor for all of us Americans, that they chose our President and First Lady for the first banquet of their reign.

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    1. I think it was the other way around. Trump chose to be the 1st head of state to visit the new emperor and empress. I feel sorry for them.

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    2. Surely it wouldn’t have happened had the emperor not wanted it.

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    3. Lizzie: What a sad comment. And you are absolutely wrong. What you think is one thing, but matter of fact is, the President of the United States had to be the first guest of the new Emperor. (As confirmed by Michael Green, Sen. Vice President and Japan chair at the Center for Strategic and Internat. Studies in Washington). So, "...it was never a question a US leader would be invited for the first official state visit of the Reiwa-era..." Do a bit research, dear!
      They all look delighted and the Ladies are wonderful looking.

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    4. I agree, lizzy. Cringe-worthy.

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    5. Just to be clear, my ovation was for Lizzie.

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    6. rainha leonor - I'll take 40 lashes with a wet noodle for my mistake, but I still feel sorry for the emperor and empress having to 'make nice' to Donnie. Enough said.

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    7. Rainha thank you for your informed post. It is so amazing to see the US Japan relationship given where our two countries were 75 years ago. Michael Green did a great job of showing how important this visit is to both the US administration and to the international situation of the Japanese.
      Very elegant and honoring on both sides - I would expect nothing less with the immense attention to detail- just look at the flowers!

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    8. Well said rainha. Beautiful flowers for an elegant evening.

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  10. I love how relaxed the Empress looks, like the weight of the world has been taken off of her shoulders. I hope they have a very long and prosperous reign. Both ladies looks beautiful

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  11. The Empress looks lovely and relaxed ... I’m not crazy about Melania’s dress.

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  12. Two fabulous dresses on Masako and Melania. I have never seen both women look so relaxed.

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  13. Melanie's dress, hair and makeup just beautiful.

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  14. Masako est restée dans l ombre durant de nombreuses années .
    La voilà aujourd'hui impératrice et au devant de la scène.
    Cela ne peut que me réjouir.
    Pourvu que cela dure.

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  15. Classy Masako. She seems to enjoy her new role. What a lovely woman she is.

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  16. Masako looks stunning. Love her outfit. Amazing how comfortable she looks in her skin these days! She will make a wonderful empress. Her smile and overall countenance are genuinely kind, coming from within and not at all artificial. Like many said already, it’s such a joy to see her happy.

    I can’t tell from these images how well Melania’s dress fits her, but the overall impression is nice. Makes me think she is tuning in with the Japanese expectations, she has worn more white and rather subdued outfits than her usual fuchsia and bright turquoise big-sleeved dresses (nothing wrong with those, just not for this visit). I’d say she came a long way from her early days as First Lady. Interesting evolution to watch.

    One cannot really say from these usually ‘well-practiced’ and somewhat artificial photos, but at least in relative terms, there seems to be positive energy coming from their interactions. That would serve both countries well.

    Lily

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