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Bengaluru Teacher Awarded Japan’s Order of the Rising Sun Award

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The Japanese Government recently awarded the “Order of Rising Sun” to a Bengaluru based Japanese teacher, Shyamala Ganesh.

About Shyamala Ganesh:

  • Shyamala is a Japanese teacher at the Septuagenarian institution and also at the Ohara School of Ikebana in RT Nagar, Bengaluru.
  • She has tutored more than hundreds of students since its inception 38 years ago.
  • Note: Ikebana is Japanese art of flower arrangement.
  • Shyamala along with her husband Ganesh started a Japanese language school in 1983 in Bengaluru.

About ‘Order of Rising Sun’:

  • The award created in 1875 is presented by the Emperor of Japan.
  • It is the third highest award presented by the Japanese Government.
  • The culture of presenting the award to Non-Japanese recipients began in 1981.
  • It is awarded to those who have made distinguished achievements in promotion of Japanese culture, achievements in international relations, advancements in their field and conservation of environment.
  • It was also awarded for exemplary military service before World War II.
  • Women are presented with the award since 2003.
  • The award can also be presented posthumously.

Other highest Japanese awards are:

  • The highest Japanese award is the Order of Chrysanthemum which is reserved only for the heads of the state.
  • The Order of Paulownia Flowers is mostly reserved for politicians.

Order of Chrysanthemum

  • It was established in 1876 by Emperor Meji of Japan.
  • It can be conferred posthumously unlike its European counterparts.

Order of Paulownia Flowers

  • It was established in 1888.
  • It was once conferred to the former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
  • It is the second highest award presented by the Japanese Government.

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