2021 Spring Conferment of Decoration - Ms. Ann McClellan
Embassy of Japan
April 29, 2021
2021 Spring Conferment of Decoration
Ms. Ann McClellan
On April 29, 2021 (Japan Time), the Government of Japan announced the foreign recipients of the 2021 Spring Imperial Decorations. Author and writer Ann McClellan is among this year’s foreign recipients, and in recognition of her contributions of introducing Japanese culture and promoting friendly relations between Japan and the United States, she will receive the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays.
SUMMARY OF CONTRIBUTIONS
Ann McClellan has played an important role in strengthening the Japan-U.S. relationship. She has made exemplary contributions to promoting mutual understanding between Japan and the United States through her captivating written work, including "The Cherry Blossom Festival: Sakura Celebration" and "Bonsai and Penjing: Ambassadors of Peace & Beauty.” Through her writing, presentations and appearances at various conventions and events, she has imparted an appreciation and awareness of the art of Japanese bonsai and the history of the cherry blossom trees, which remain an enduring symbol of the Japan-U.S. friendship.
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