Instituted March 31, 1906, the Japan: 1904-05 Russo-Japanese War Medal was awarded for participation in the Russo-Japanese war between February 8, 1904, and September 5, 1905. An approximately 6cm x 10.5cm softwood case containing an alloy medal and ribbon. The case, which separates along its sides, has a vertical series of eight kanji characters, stamped in gold, to its cover. The base of the interior is lined in a red velvet-like material and is molded to accommodate the medal and its ribbon. The enclosed award is in the form of a 3cm diameter medal, in gold-colored alloy, featuring, to one face, two crossed Rising Sun flags above Paulownia flowers and leaves and beneath a sixteen-lobed "sun." To the other face is a tablet with vertically arranged kanji characters to it, a sprig of laurel leaves to one side and a sprig of palm leaves to the other. The medal’s swiveling hanger is connected to a horizontal bar, which features four horizontally arranged kanji characters, through which the ribbon is looped. The moire ribbon’s vertical bands are narrow white-wide light blue-wide navy blue-wide light blue-narrow white. An alloy hook-and-eye device is to the reverse.
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