Order of the Rising Sun
|Order of the Rising Sun
|3rd Class Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon Order of the Rising Sun|
|Awarded by the Emperor of Japan|
|Awarded for||long and/or especially meritorious civil or military service|
|Sovereign||His Imperial Majesty The Emperor|
|Grades (w/ post-nominals)||1st through 8th Class (1875-2003)
Gold and Silver Star (Rays, Principal Grade)
Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon (Cordon, Middle Grade)
Gold Rays with Rosette (Cordon, Junior Grade)
Gold and Silver Rays (Double Rays)
Silver Rays (Single Ray)
|Established||10 April 1875|
|Next (higher)||Order of the Paulownia Flowers|
|Next (lower)||Order of the Sacred Treasure|
The Order of the Rising Sun (旭日章 Kyokujitsu-shō?) is a Japanese order, established in 1875 by Emperor Meiji of Japan. The Order was the first national decoration awarded by the Japanese government, created on 10 April 1875 by decree of the Council of State. The badge features rays of sunlight from the rising sun. The design of the Rising Sun symbolizes energy as powerful as the rising sun in parallel with the "rising sun" concept of Japan ("Land of the Rising Sun").
The order is awarded to those who have made distinguished achievements in the following fields: international relations, promotion of Japanese culture, advancements in their field, development in welfare or preservation of the environment. Prior to the end of World War II, it was also awarded for exemplary military service. Beginning in 2003, the highest ranking medal for the Order of the Rising Sun became a separate order known as Grand Cordon of the Order of the Paulownia Flowers.
While it is the third highest order bestowed by the Japanese government, it is however generally the highest ordinarily conferred order. The highest Japanese order, the Order of the Chrysanthemum, is reserved for heads of state or royalty, while the second highest order, the Order of the Paulownia Flowers is mostly reserved for politicians.
The modern version of this honour has been conferred on non-Japanese recipients beginning in 1981 (although several foreigners were given the honor before World War II); and women were awarded the Order starting in 2003 (previously, women were awarded the Order of the Precious Crown). The awarding of the Order is administered by the Decoration Bureau of Office of the Prime Minister. It is awarded in the name of the Emperor and can be awarded posthumously.
It can be awarded to Japanese as well as non-Japanese nationals.
- 1 Classes
- 2 Insignia
- 3 Notable recipients
- 3.1 1st Class, Grand Cordon
- 3.2 2nd Class, Gold and Silver Star
- 3.3 3rd Class, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon
- 3.4 4th Class, Gold Rays with Rosette
- 3.5 5th Class, Gold and Silver Rays
- 3.6 6th Class, Silver Rays
- 3.7 7th Class, Green Paulownia Leaves Medal
- 3.8 8th Class, White Paulownia Leaves Medal
- 3.9 Class unknown
- 4 See also
- 5 Notes
- 6 References
- 7 External links
The Order was awarded in nine classes until 2003, when the Grand Cordon with Paulownia Flowers was made a separate order, and the lowest two classes were abolished. Since then, it has been awarded in six classes. Conventionally, a diploma is prepared to accompany the insignia of the order, and in some rare instances, the personal signature of the Emperor will have been added. As an illustration of the wording of the text, a translation of a representative 1929 diploma says:
By the grace of Heaven, Emperor of Japan, seated on the throne occupied by the same dynasty from time immemorial,
We confer the Second Class of the Imperial Order of Meiji upon Henry Waters Taft, a citizen of the United States of America and a director of the Japan Society of New York, and invest him with the insignia of the same class of the Order of the Double Rays of the Rising Sun, in expression of the good will which we entertain towards him.
In witness whereof, we have hereunto set our hand and caused the Grand Seal of State to be affixed at the Imperial Palace, Tokyo, this thirteenth day of the fifth month of the fourth year of Shōwa, corresponding to the 2,589th year from the accession to the throne of Emperor Jimmu."
The star for the Grand Cordon and Second Class is a silver star of eight points, each point having three alternating silver rays; the central emblem is identical to the badge. It is worn on the left chest for the Grand Cordon, on the right chest for the 2nd Class.
The badge for the Grand Cordon to Sixth Classes is an eight-pointed badge bearing a central red enamelled sun disc, with gilt points (1st-4th Classes), with four gilt and four silver points (5th Class), or with silver points (6th Class); each point comprises three white enamelled rays. It is suspended from three enamelled paulownia leaves (not chrysanthemum leaves as the Decoration Bureau page claims) on a ribbon in white with red border stripes, worn as a sash from the right shoulder for the Grand Cordon, as a necklet for the 2nd and 3rd Classes and on the left chest for the 4th to 6th Classes (with a rosette for the 4th Class).
The badge for the Seventh and Eighth Classes consisted of a silver medal in the shape of three paulownia leaves, enamelled for the 7th Class and plain for the 8th Class. Both were suspended on a ribbon, again in white with red border stripes, and worn on the left chest. Both classes were abolished in 2003.
1st Class, Grand Cordon
- Her Majesty Queen Te Atairangikaahu of New Zealand (1931–2006), 1970
2nd Class, Gold and Silver Star
3rd Class, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon
4th Class, Gold Rays with Rosette
5th Class, Gold and Silver Rays
6th Class, Silver Rays
7th Class, Green Paulownia Leaves Medal
In 2003, this grade of the Order was abolished.
8th Class, White Paulownia Leaves Medal
In 2003, this grade of the Order was abolished.
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- Honor awarded 1942 -- Tsuji, Masanobu. (1997). Japan's Greatest Victory, Britain's Worst Defeat, p. 108.
- Honor conferred 1964 -- North Austin Tae Kwan Do: "Chronology of the Life of Morihei Ueshiba, Founder of Aikido."
- Honor awarded 1996 -- Columbia University, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Faculty Profiles
-  Archived 26 July 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
- Sadao Watanabe official website: biography
- "British Judo Association". Britishjudo.org.uk. Retrieved 2011-11-05.
- "President and founder, Japan-America Society of New Hampshire and founder, Portsmouth Peace Treaty Forum".
- Founder of center for Japonology in Lithuania, first Japanese translator, Japanese teacher and popularizer of Japanese culture in Lithuania 
- "Rokusaburo Michiba". FutureToday Inc. Retrieved 2011-11-05.
- "Sir Bobby Charlton awarded Japanese Order". www.jfa.or.jp. Retrieved 2014-04-04.
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- Unpaginated editors' chronology appended to Kiyoshi Nishiyama, Shunkō shūshoku (春光秋色) / Seasonal Aspects of Japan (Tokyo: Asahi Sonorama, 1979) (Japanese)(English).
- Honor awarded 1983 -- "Origami artist of stunning originality who became an ambassador for Japanese culture and his art". The Times (London). March 30, 2005; Lister, David. "Obituary: Akira Yoshizawa; Japanese craftsman who singlehandedly revived the art of origami," The Guardian (Manchester). April 8, 2005.
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- Endo, Ellen (2012-11-05). "Mikwaya CEO Hashimoto Passes at 69". Rafu Shimpo. Retrieved 2012-12-02.
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- "The history of Hironori Otsuka" (International Federation of Wado-Ryu Karate-do Organizations)
- 2012 "Jokun Recognition Luncheon", Rafu Shimpo Los Angeles Japanese Daily News, May 18, 2012
- "Reception in Honor of Mr. Seiichi Tanaka, Grand Master of San Francisco Taiko Dojo", Consulate-General of Japan in San Francisco, February 13, 2014
- Honor awarded 2016 -- Consulate-General of Japan in New York: "Government Of Japan To Honor Suki Terada Ports."
- Honor awarded 2016 -- Embassy of Japan in Budapest: "Government Of Japan To Honor Istvan Pinczès"
- Honor awarded on 1971 -- Henshall, Mary. "Pioneer Portraits: Henry and Fumiko Fujii," Idaho Yesterdays., Spring, 1975, pp. 20–27; Washington State University Libraries: "Furthering friendship between Japan and the United States, April 1971"
- "Fudeko receives Japan's Order of the Rising Sun". Western Advocate. Retrieved 1 October 2015.
- Orliński, Bolesław. "Moje wrażenia z lotu do Tokjo" Lwów 1933, p. 79.
- Ohio University Libraries. "Scholars and Librarians in East Asian Studies (North America) - William Theodore de Bary". Retrieved 21 April 2011.
- Honor awarded in 1906 -- "Cruiser 'Livia' in Kobe to Greet Italians," Osaka Mainichi. 28 July 1922.
- Craig, Albert M. (2010). The heritage of Japanese Civilization. Boston: Prentice Hall. pp. Author Bio. ISBN 0-13-600524-1.
- "Uncle Bob", Time, 10 September 1945.
- "A. John Ellis". Simon Fraser University.
- Arlington National Cemetery: Granville Roland Foretscue
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- Cynthia Peters (4 April 2006). "Frank B. Gibney, 81, One of the Nation's Preeminent Experts on Asia and President of the Pacific Basin Institute at Pomona College, Has Died". Pomona College. Retrieved 21 April 2011.
- Honor awarded 1891 -- Penicuik Community Development Trust (UK): Cargill Gilston Knott
- Profesor Wiesław Kotański (1915-2005) wybitny uczony, japonista, wychowawca pokoleń
- amb. Henryk LIPSZYC
- Macrae, Norman. (2000). John von Neumann: the Scientific Genius who Pioneered the Modern Computer, p. 406.
- Honor awarded 1918 -- RAF web page
- Honor awarded 1994 -- Weatherhead East Asian Institute, The Reed
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- Honor awarded 1874 -- "A Victory for the Chinese; Japanese Driven with Heavy Loss from Ping-yang," New York Times, 22 August 1894.
- Spotkanie z prof. Franciszkiem Ziejką
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