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This medal is in the form of a 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. 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 ribbon’s suspension ring. Fed into the ring is a red & white silk ribbon, with an elongated, vertical alloy hook to its top, which folds down and mates with an alloy eye sewn near the base of its reverse. The medal and ribbon are nested into corresponding depressions to the purple velvet interior base of its original presentation case, whose interior lid is lined in padded, purple silk. Both the silk and velvet are in excellent condition. The exterior of the black lacquered wooden case has a column of gold painted kanji characters to its cover. A hinged alloy closure device corresponding stud is to its forward edge, and a wide alloy hinge is along its rear edge. There is a modern identifying sticker to reverse.
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