Recipients of Fall 2019 Decorations
On November 3rd, 2019 (Japan Standard Time), the Government of Japan announces the recipients of its Fall 2019 Decorations. From the jurisdiction of the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles, the following two distinguished persons will be awarded. Information about a conferment ceremony will be provided at a later date.
|Decoration||Outline of Merit||Main Career||Name
|Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays
||Contributed to supporting the Japanese American community and promoting mutual understanding between Japan and the United States
||Former President of the Board of Directors, Little Tokyo Service Center
||Debra Nakatomi (Female)
(66 years of age)
|Los Angeles, California U.S.A.
|Order of the Rising Sun, Silver Rays
||Distinguished contribution to the promoting the Japanese culture
||Advisor, Ikebana Teachers Association of Southern California
Advisor of The Los Angeles Chapter of the Ohara School of Ikebana
(Shofu Shohara, Hisako Shohara)
(90 years of age)
|Los Angeles, California U.S.A.
The recipients' meritorious service towards Japan is as follows:
Ms. Debra Nakatomi - Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays
Mrs. Hisako Osako (Shofu Shohara, Hisako Shohara) - Order of the Rising Sun, Silver Rays
Over the years, Mrs. Shohara has held many exhibits and ikebana demonstrations during Nisei Week and at such venues as the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center and the Japanese American National Museum. In addition, her exhibits and demonstrations at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Price Collection have helped pass on traditional ikebana techniques to students, ensuring that the cultural art is shared with younger generations. In recognition of Mrs. Shohara’s achievements, she was presented “The Woman of the Year”,” Distinguished Service Awards” by the Japanese Women’s Society of Southern California and the Japanese American Citizens League, Downtown Los Angeles Chapter.
In 1992, Mrs. Shohara was named an honorary advisor of the North American Ohara Teachers Association. Mrs. Shohara participates in annual North American Ohara Teachers Association conferences held across the United States, aiding instructors sent from the Ohara School Headquarter Center and providing support to fellow instructors of North America’s 32 chapters. In recognition of her achievements outside of Japan, she was named an honorary lifetime member by the Ohara School Headquarter Center in 2011.
When the Ikebana Teachers Association of Southern California was launched in 2015 through the integration of Kadokyojukai and Nanka Ikebana Kyojukai, Mrs. Shohara became its inaugural president, a recognition of her rich experience in the field and leadership skills.
As a member of the Ikebana International Los Angeles chapter, comprised of members from different schools of ikebana, Mrs. Shohara has served in senior positions and held lectures and demonstrations for audiences in California and Arizona. Through ikebana, Mrs. Shohara has contributed to deepening Japan-U.S. understanding and friendship.
In recognition of her more than half-century of notable accomplishments promoting ikebana culture, Mrs. Shohara was awarded the Foreign Minister’s Commendation in 2016.