Empress Masako carries on tradition of sericulture at Imperial Palace

Empress Masako wore an ivory blazer and black pants to attend a sericulture ritual at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo

Empress Masako of Japan visited Momijiyama Imperial Cocoonery at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo and attended a sericulture ritual. During the ritual, the Empress fed mulberry leaves to silkworms. Growing silkworms at the Imperial Palace is a traditional practice carried out by empresses since Empress Dowager Shoken resumed the practice in 1871. The collected silk has been used in imperial ceremonies or as gifts.

Empress Masako wore an ivory blazer and black pants to attend a sericulture ritual at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo

Empress Masako wore an ivory blazer and black pants to attend a sericulture ritual at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo

Empress Masako wore an ivory blazer and black pants to attend a sericulture ritual at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo

Empress Masako wore an ivory blazer and black pants to attend a sericulture ritual at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo

Empress Masako wore an ivory blazer and black pants to attend a sericulture ritual at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo

Empress Masako wore an ivory blazer and black pants to attend a sericulture ritual at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo

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  1. Belle veste blanc-cassé toute en légèreté portée sur une couleur bleu-marine ? mais peut-être que le haut de sa tenue est bicolore ? Très jolies boucles d'oreilles fleuries avec une petite perle centrale et surtout celle plus grosse au bout d'une chaîne ; sobre mais élégant !

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  2. Anonymous31/5/21 15:55

    Empress Masako is well dressed for the occasion, simple and elegant.

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  3. Anonymous31/5/21 19:44

    Such an elegant lady ! Ana

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  4. It is always a pleasure to see her!

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  5. Schade , dass man das liebe Gesiicht der Kaisserin nicht sehen kann !!

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  6. Anonymous1/6/21 00:00

    The Japanese royals are always regal & elegant. Mary I

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  7. Anonymous1/6/21 03:18

    I'm fascinated by this tradition, from its technical challenges to the artistic process that follows. The Empress looks modern, chic, and fabulous.

    Вера💚🦋

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  8. There is a sweetness, kindness on the Empress's face that even a mask can't hide.
    Her outfit ...... perfect. Simple, elegant.
    A joy to see.

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  9. So...how does one do this? Do you just drop a load of mulberry leaves on top of the silkworms? Or do you lovingly put one of the silkworms on your finger and patiently feed it a leaf, while maintaining a dignified posture and an expression of ceremonial importance? :-) I'd love to know!

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    1. Well quakeress@gmail.com it goes something like this .........
      You put one of these little beasts on your finger and scratch its back until it does its poos. Then you give it a bit of a mulberry leaf to munch on and when it's finished you start scratching its back again until it poos again and then eats a bit more of a mulberry leaf or something like that.
      Hope this has been of help to you.

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  10. The attire is very Scientific with the simplicity and white jacket. I am guessing the jacket is made of undyed silk from this project.

    The Empress appears to be having fun, a tradition of importance for all fashionistas :)

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