Mrs. Jean Sakihara awarded The Order of the Rising Sun

Kamo_SakiharaMrs. Jean Sakihara (pictured above, center with Consul General Kamo and his wife, Etsuko), widow of the late Mitsugu Sakihara, was awarded The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays in a special ceremony at the Japanese Consul-General’s residence on November 23rd, 2009. The prestigious decoration honors Mrs. Sakihara’s efforts over many years in teaching kimono culture to students at the University Lab School. The awards ceremony included a kimono demonstration featuring three of Mrs. Sakihara’s students, one of whom also performed a hula in honor of the occasion. Mrs. Sakihara has also been a generous supporter of Okinawan Studies at UH, and we are happy to congratulate her for receiving this award.