Emperor Naruhito and Masako hosted the 3rd Court Banquet

On October 29, 2019, Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako hosted the third of four "Kyoen-no-Gi" court banquets following the proclamation of Emperor Naruhito's accession to the throne at the Imperial Palace on October 22, 2019, Tuesday. The buffet-style banquet was attended by about 700 guests, including prefectural governors and members of the Diet, the country's parliament, and in addition, leading figures from various sectors. Emperor Naruhito, Empress Masako and other members of the Imperial Family met with guests at the "Houmei-Den" state banquet hall and the "Shunju-no-Ma" room at the palace in Tokyo.
Emperor Naruhito, Empress Masako Crown Prince Akishino, Crown Princess Kiko, Princess Mako and Princess Kako at banquet
Emperor Naruhito, Empress Masako Crown Prince Akishino, Crown Princess Kiko, Princess Mako and Princess Kako at banquet
Emperor Naruhito, Empress Masako Crown Prince Akishino, Crown Princess Kiko, Princess Mako and Princess Kako at banquet
Emperor Naruhito, Empress Masako Crown Prince Akishino, Crown Princess Kiko, Princess Mako and Princess Kako at banquet
Emperor Naruhito, Empress Masako Crown Prince Akishino, Crown Princess Kiko, Princess Mako and Princess Kako at banquet
Emperor Naruhito, Empress Masako Crown Prince Akishino, Crown Princess Kiko, Princess Mako and Princess Kako at banquet
Emperor Naruhito, Empress Masako Crown Prince Akishino, Crown Princess Kiko, Princess Mako and Princess Kako at banquet
Emperor Naruhito, Empress Masako Crown Prince Akishino, Crown Princess Kiko, Princess Mako and Princess Kako at banquet
Emperor Naruhito, Empress Masako Crown Prince Akishino, Crown Princess Kiko, Princess Mako and Princess Kako at banquet
Emperor Naruhito, Empress Masako Crown Prince Akishino, Crown Princess Kiko, Princess Mako and Princess Kako at banquet
Emperor Naruhito, Empress Masako Crown Prince Akishino, Crown Princess Kiko, Princess Mako and Princess Kako at banquet
Emperor Naruhito, Empress Masako Crown Prince Akishino, Crown Princess Kiko, Princess Mako and Princess Kako at banquet
Emperor Naruhito, Empress Masako Crown Prince Akishino, Crown Princess Kiko, Princess Mako and Princess Kako at banquet
Emperor Naruhito, Empress Masako Crown Prince Akishino, Crown Princess Kiko, Princess Mako and Princess Kako at banquet
Emperor Naruhito, Empress Masako Crown Prince Akishino, Crown Princess Kiko, Princess Mako and Princess Kako at banquet
Emperor Naruhito, Empress Masako Crown Prince Akishino, Crown Princess Kiko, Princess Mako and Princess Kako at banquet

23 comments:

  1. I love the look between them on the 11th photo, it is so sweet!! Interesting outfit she is wearing, with buttons down the back, as well running along the cuffs by her wrists, and then ruffles cascading down the front. She looks lovely as always. It was nice to see she did not wear a hat on this occasion, lovely hair style.... JT

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    1. JT, agree about that photo! This smile is wonderful, isn't it!

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    2. Agree with all you said.
      Glo

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    3. Agree. That photo is just lovely. The Emperor looks so proud of her. I also like the photo two further on where it looks like she's looking straight at her audience. The ice blue colour is lovely.

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  2. Empress Masako looking modern and bending the rules- no hat, her dress is very classic

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    1. Masako no infringe ninguna regla. Ella es la anfitriona, no debe llevar sombrero, las invitadas, sí.

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  3. Oh, I very much like the Empress' court-dress this time. A bit more on the unusual side, and rather a departure from previous dresses, also making a difference to what the Crownprincess and other memmbers of the Imperial Family were wearing on this occasion. Hope she continues to make new statements, slowly, slowly...

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  4. Esta vez se han esmerado con el vestido de Masako. Espero que siga por ese camino.

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  5. A part Masako, les autres dames de la cour sont croquignolettes !!!

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  6. Whether one likes the gowns or not the tailoring on those dresses is just superb. Especially the gown of the Empress which is in a very difficult fabric to get smooth on empress line seams and sleeve heads even though the empress has quite muscular upper arms(Nathan please note.)Very nice hair style for her. Does anyone know the reason for the part fringes on some of the younger royal ladies? It seems such a stange way of parting the hair to my western eyes but perhaps it has more signifcance in Japans culture.

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    1. I agree about the tailoring. That is perfection. And I have the highest respect for that perfect floor-length hemline. I am tired of these random length on gowns, either highwater, or wonky or dragging on the floor (without any train in sight). Nice to see that there are tailors who still get it right.
      Regarding the fringes, I must say that they don´t strike me as odd, just very exact and strictly combed.

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  7. Is their daughter still too young to attend these banquets?

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    1. Yes. In Japan you're coming of age when turning 20 years. Princess Aiko is now almost 18 years old, so two years and one month more to go.

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  8. Empress Masako looks lovely and I like her dress style. The long rows of buttons give it added elegance. I keep wanting to adjust her collar ruffle near the top, but I think it's meant to be folded under like that. Over all, very nice.
    Anon 9:13

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  9. Absolutely stunning. A beautiful colour, interesting design and the loveliest of smiles.

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  10. Qu'elle est magnifique Masako, tout sourire, dans une robe longue bleu ciel au délicat boutonnage dans le dos... On peut voir le fier regard de son époux !!!

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  11. Qu'elle est magnifique Masako, tout sourire, dans une robe longue bleu ciel au délicat boutonnage dans le dos... On peut voir le fier regard de son époux !!!

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  12. All the Imperial Ladies look great. E Masako looks very lovely. The pearls CPss Kiko wears are stunning.

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  13. Like always Masako beats them all. I do hope this couple will have the chance and courage the modernize the Japanese court rules, they are sooo terribly old fashioned.
    Elenor

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  14. Love them so much

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  15. Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako look very smart and intelligent. The crown prince's family looks very plain and mediocre. Kinda worry that the next generation of this old royal family will be getting dull.

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  16. The Empresses looks exquisite. Love the detailing of her gown. The pearl necklace and earrings are a perfect choice. Love the brooch, a closeup would have been better to see it better. Colour of gown and shoe choice is soft and gorgeous.

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  17. Gorgeous dress on the Empress Masako. Love the tiny button details on the back and the most flattering neckline! Breath of fresh air.

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