05 January 2017

Empress Michiko's Brooches

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan wave from the balcony of the imperial palace, January 2017 (TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images)

Many of you were very interested in the gorgeous brooch worn by Empress Michiko of Japan earlier this week, so I thought this was a good time to do a little recap of her brooches. Here's a look at a whole bunch of imperial jewels!



Celebrating the emperor's birthday, December 2002 (Koichi Kamoshida/Getty Images)


Waving to the public during the annual new year greetings, January 2003 (Junko Kimura/Getty Images)


Marking the anniversary of Japan's WWII surrender, August 2003 (Junko Kimura/Getty Images)


Celebrating the new year, January 2004 (Junko Kimura/Getty Images)


Bidding farewell to the President of Finland at the end of a state visit, October 2004 (Koichi Kamoshida/Getty Images)


Arriving at the World Exposition Aichi Japan, March 2005 (Toshiyuki Aizawa/Pool/Getty Images)


Attending a press conference in Tokyo, April 2005 (Toshiyuki Aizawa/Pool/Getty Images)


Arriving at the Dublin airport, May 2005 (PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images)


Dodging raindrops in County Wicklow, Ireland, May 2005 (PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images)


Visiting a nursery school in Tokyo, May 2005 (YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)


Arriving at the wedding of her daughter, Princess Sayako, November 2005 (Everett Kennedy Brown-Pool/Getty Images)


Celebrating the new year in Tokyo, January 2006 (Junko Kimura/Getty Images)


Appearing on the palace balcony to celebrate the new year, January 2007 (Junko Kimura/Getty Images)


Signing the guestbook at Riga Castle in Latvia, May 2007 (ILMARS ZNOTINS/AFP/Getty Images)


Attending the opening ceremony of the IAAF World Athletics Championships, August 2007 (Michael Steele/Getty Images)


Placing a wreath at the Peacekeeping Monument in Ottawa, Canada, July 2009 (DAVID BOILY/AFP/Getty Images)


Visiting the Tokyo National Museum, February 2012 (YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)


Welcoming the Emir of Kuwait to the Imperial Palace, March 2012 (KOICHI KAMOSHIDA/AFP/Getty Images)


Attending a ceremony commemorating the end of the post-WWII occupation, April 2013 (ITSUO INOUYE/AFP/Getty Images)


Arriving for a welcome ceremony in New Delhi, India, December 2013 (RAVEENDRAN/AFP/Getty Images)


Saying farewell at the Imperial Palace ahead of a trip to Palau, April 2015 (YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)


Viewing a traditional equestrian presentation in Tokyo, May 2015 (KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)


Watching a rugby match in Tokyo, June 2016 (Koki Nagahama/Getty Images)