J005277 ORDER OF THE RISING SUN, 5TH CLASS MEDAL. The Order of the Rising Sun ("Kyokujitsusho"), established in 1875 as Japanís first national decoration, could be awarded to either military or civilian personnel for meritorious service. There were eight classes to this order, of which only the lowest two were given to enlisted personnel. Foreigners, on occasion, could also be bestowed the award. This medal, the fifth of the eight classes, is in the form of a 1 3/4" diameter "sun," in gold plated silver, upon which are enameled thirty-two white "rays," eight long with three short separating each, all emanating from a 9/16" diameter, red garnet center. The reverse is identical to the obverse. The uppermost ray is hinged to a three-lobed spray of jade green enameled Paulownia leaves, outlined and with its veins articulated in gold to the obverse, outlined and with a row of four golden kanji characters to the reverse, which translate to "Order of Merit Decoration." The leaves are surmounted by three sets of purple enameled and golden outlined Paulownia flowers on green stalks, five to the center and three to each side, obverse and reverse. Through a perforated ball atop the uppermost, central flower passes the ribbonís suspension ring. The ribbon is not included.

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