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On July 1, Dr. Emily J. Sano, the ex-Director of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, at a conferment ceremony held at the official residence of the Consul General of Japan, subsequent to the Japanese government's announcement of the foreign recipients of the "2008 Spring Conferment of Decoration" on April 28. The ceremony was attended by over 100 guests including Dr. Sano's family members and friends, members of the Board of Trustees, the Foundation and museum staff.


In his congratulatory remarks, Consul General Yasumasa Nagamine described Dr. Sano's many accomplishments in (1) introducing and promoting the Japanese arts extensively through numerous exhibitions and programs during her tenure as the Asian Art Museum director, especially after completing the gigantic task of moving the institution to its current location under her prominent directorship; by installing an authentic tearoom and by directing popular Japan-related exhibitions; (2) contributing to the cultural exchange between Japan and the U.S., especially by providing leadership in implementing cultural events such as the 50th anniversary of the signing the San Francisco Peace Treaty, as well as the 150th anniversary of Japan-U.S. relations, in collaboration with local major institutions, including the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco; (3) contributing to the research and education of Japanese art history in the U.S. both as a scholar and as a curator.


Then, the Consul General presented the Patent of Decoration and the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, to Dr. Sano. Dr. Sano stated in her remarks that she was deeply honored in receiving the Kunsho (decoration) from Japan which was the country of her grandparents and ancestors. Mr. Anthony Zaloom, Director of the China Project at the UC Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy, added his congratulatory remarks, and the ceremony was concluded by a toast proposed by Mr. Charles Stockholm, President of the Asian Arts Museum Foundation.

Name: Dr. Emily J. Sano
Title: Ex-Director of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
Current Address: San Francisco, California
Type of Order: Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon
Accomplishment: Contribution to the promotion ofJapanese art in the U.S. and of cultural exchange between Japan and the U.S. (click here for details)

For more information on this event, please call Consul Yamamitsu at the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco at (415) 777-3533. ext. 407.


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