Order of the Chrysanthemum

The Supreme Order of the Chrysanthemum (大勲位菊花章, Dai-kun'i kikka-shō) is Japan's highest order. The Grand Cordon of the Order was established in 1876 by Emperor Meiji of Japan; the Collar of the Order was added on 4 January 1888. Unlike its European counterparts, the order may be conferred posthumously.

Supreme Order of the Chrysanthemum
大勲位菊花章
Dai-kun'i kikka-shō
Grand Cordon of the Supreme Order of the Chrysanthemum.png
Awarded by the Emperor of Japan
Country Japan
Awarded forExceptionally meritorious achievement/service
StatusCurrently constituted
Founder27 December 1876; 144 years ago (1876-12-27)
SovereignHM The Emperor
GradesCollar
Grand Cordon
Precedence
Next (lower)Order of the Paulownia Flowers
Order Chrysantemum Sash.svg
Ribbon of the Order

Apart from the Imperial Family, only six Japanese citizens have ever been decorated with the collar in their lifetimes; the last such award was to former Prime Minister Saionji Kinmochi in 1928. Eight others have been posthumously decorated with the collar; the last such award was to former Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone in 2019, as of the end of 2020. Today, only the reigning Emperor holds this dignity as sovereign of the order; however, exceptions are made for foreign heads of state, who can be awarded the collar in friendship.

The grand cordon is the highest possible honour a Japanese citizen can be awarded during his or her lifetime. Aside from members of the Imperial Family, 44 Japanese citizens have been decorated with the grand cordon; of these, only 23 were living at the time of receipt.

InsigniaEdit

The collar of the order is made of gold, and features the kanji for "Meiji", in classic form, indicating the era of the order's establishment. It is decorated with gold chrysanthemum blossoms and green-enamelled leaves.

The sash of the grand cordon of the order is red with dark blue border stripes. It is worn on the right shoulder.

The star of the order is similar to the badge, but in silver, without the chrysanthemum suspension, and with an eight-pointed gilt medallion (with white-enamelled rays and red-enamelled sun disc) placed at the centre. It is worn on the left chest.

The badge of the order is a four-pointed gilt badge with white-enamelled rays; the centre bears a red enamelled sun disc. On each of the four corners of the badge is a yellow-enamelled chrysanthemum blossom with green-enamelled chrysanthemum leaves. The badge is suspended on a yellow-enamelled chrysanthemum, either on the collar or on the grand cordon.

Ribbon bars
 
Collar
 
Grand Cordon

GradesEdit

Name / Image Enactment date Purpose of the award

Collar of the Supreme Order of the Chrysanthemum
January 4, 1888 It is said to be "a special gift for those decorated with the Supreme Order."[1][a]

Grand Cordon of the Supreme Order of the Chrysanthemum

badge (top), star (bottom right), rosette (bottom left)
December 27, 1876 "Specially awarded... to those who have excellent merit, above the merit for which the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun or the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Sacred Treasures would be awarded".[2]

Supreme Order of the Chrysanthemum
December 27, 1876 It has never been awarded on its own, instead it has been treated as the star of the Grand Cordon and of the Collar;

officially incorporated as the star of both grades in the 2003 institutional reform.

SovereignsEdit

  • Emperor Meiji (Sovereign from 27 December 1876)
  • Emperor Taishō (Grand Cordon 3 November 1889; Collar 10 May 1900; Sovereign from 30 July 1912)
  • Emperor Shōwa (Grand Cordon 9 September 1912; Collar as Regent 24 September 1921; Sovereign from 25 December 1926)
  • Emperor Akihito (Grand Cordon 10 November 1952; Sovereign from 7 January 1989 to 30 April 2019)
  • Emperor Naruhito (Grand Cordon 23 February 1980; Sovereign since 1 May 2019)

Awards of the Collar of the Order of the Chrysanthemum to members of the Imperial Family and royaltyEdit

Awards made to imperial princes while livingEdit

Posthumous awards to imperial princesEdit

Posthumous award to foreign royaltyEdit

Awards of the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Chrysanthemum to members of the Imperial Family and royaltyEdit

Awards made to imperial princes while livingEdit

Posthumous awards to imperial princesEdit

Awards to foreign royaltyEdit

Ordinary awards of the Collar of the Order of the ChrysanthemumEdit

 
Marshal-Admiral Marquis Tōgō Heihachirō, with the Collar and the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Chrysanthemum. Tōgō was one of only six subjects to whom the Collar was awarded while living.

Awards made to living individualsEdit

Posthumous awardsEdit

Ordinary awards of the Grand Cordon of the Order of the ChrysanthemumEdit

Awards made to living recipientsEdit

 
Marquis Saigō Tsugumichi
* : Later awarded the Collar
⁑ : Posthumously awarded the Collar

Posthumous awardsEdit

 
Masayoshi Ōhira

Foreign recipients of the Order of the ChrysanthemumEdit

 
Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of the Commonwealth realms, is the recipient of the Collar as well as of the Grand Cordon.

CollarEdit

Grand CordonEdit

Collar (deceased)Edit

 
King Edward VII
 
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Grand Cordon (deceased)Edit

 
Benito Mussolini

NotesEdit

  1. ^ すなわち、大勲位菊花大綬章受章者であることが授与の条件である。(In other words, being a recipient of the Grand Cordon of the Supreme Order of the Chrysanthemum is a prerequisite for the award.)
  2. ^ Promoted from Grand Cordon in 1987.
  3. ^ Decoration probably conferred during 1969 State Visit to Japan – no specific citation support.
  4. ^ Promoted from Grand Cordon awarded in 1955.
  5. ^ Awarded October 1887.[19]

ReferencesEdit

CitationsEdit

  1. ^ Article 2.1, Imperial Ordinance No. 1 of Meiji 21st (1881) (Order of the Precious Crown and Collar of the Supreme Chrysanthemum) (明治21年勅令第1号(宝冠章及大勲位菊花章頸飾ニ関スル件)2条1項, Meiji 21-nen Chokurei dai-1-go (Hōkanshō oyobi dai-kun’i kikka-shō keishoku ni kansuru ken) 2-jō 1-kō)
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  16. ^ During the visit of Prince Komatsu Akihito to the UK in June 1902 to attend his coronation – "Court Circular". The Times (36794). London. 14 June 1902. p. 12.
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  18. ^ "Buradayız > Anasayfa > Belgeler > Japon İmparatorunun II. Abdülhamid Han'a Mektubuabdulhamid hana mektup, japon imparatoru mutsuhito" [DOCUMENTS: Japanese Emperor's II. Letter to Abdulhamid Han]. osmanlihanedanvakfi.com (in Turkish). Ottoman Dynasty. Archived from the original on 16 September 2011 – via Source: Seven Continents Magazine.
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  20. ^ Awarded 20 February 1906. Redesdale, Lord (1906). The Garter Mission to Japan. London: Macmillan. p. 26.
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  22. ^ Honor awarded in 1938 – "Flower to Mussolini". Time Magazine. 5 September 1938. Archived from the original on 26 August 2010.
  23. ^ Honor awarded in 1924 – "Japan Decorates Obregon; Order of the Chrysanthemum is Conferred by Special Ambassador". New York Times. 28 November 1924.
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