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.