This medal, the eighth of the eight classes, is in the form of a three-lobed spray of silver Paulownia leaves, with its veins articulated to the obverse, 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 silver Paulownia flowers on stalks, five to the center and three to each side. The ribbon is folded with an elongated, vertical alloy hook is to its top, which folds down and mates with an alloy eye sewn to the reverse. Also included is a lapel version of the rosette. Included is a black lacquered wooden case that has a column of gold painted kanji characters to its cover. A hinged alloy closure device and corresponding stud is to its forward edge and a wide alloy hinge is along the rear edge. The interior is fully lined in purple silk and velvet.
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