This is the original presentation document for a 1906 6th Class Rising Sun
medal. This medal was awarded to Army Artillery Infantry First Lieutenant
Nishibayashi Taro. The date of the award is April 1, 1906. At the bottom center
of the document is a color representation of the medal, which make these
documents wonderful for display.
See below for a translation.
1. Through the honor of the immortal Emperor,
the Empire of Japan bestows this award.
2. Army Artillery Infantry First Lieutenant
3. Order of the Rising Sun 6th Class, Single
4. Imperial Year 2566 
5. Meiji 39  April 1, Tokyo Imperial Shrine
1. Award Medal Department General Chairman, Holder of the
2nd Class Rising Sun and 1st Class Sacred Treasure Ogyuu
2. This medal has been recorded as number 98,100
3. Great Japan, Imperial Award Medal Department
4. Award Medal Department Secretary, Holder of the 4th Class
Rising Sun and 3rd Class Sacred Treasure Yokota [??]
5. Award Medal Department Secretary, Holder of the 6th Class
Rising Sun and 5th Class Sacred Treasure Fujii Zengen
8th Class Rising Sun award document. 1940.
1. Hayashi Takeo [preceding that, 'The Emperor of the Great Japanese
Empire, preserved by heaven and sure to reign through his
descendants for all eternity, awards ...']
2. Given the 8th Class Rising Sun (White Paulonia Leaves) medal.
3. Showa 15  April 29.
Appreciation document from the Army War Relief Department. It shows that the recipient
donated some money to the Army. Given to a man named Harada Michitarou.
The document is dated January 4, 1895.
Appreciation document from the Imperial Military Reservist Association Youth
Group. It shows that the recipient donated some money. The gift for this service was
a hibachi. Given to a man named Harada Michitarou.
The document is dated October 10, 1916.
Document dated 1942. Given by the authority of the
Osaka Regiment HQ Commander Ohta [?]. This is
an appreciation for special support of the Osaka
Regiment [??] Association. I am not familiar with
the insignia at the top. The phrase used here is
Kinjou-kai, and all my web searches suggest that
this may have been a military chorus group. I might
be way off, though.
Appreciation document dated 1938. Given by the
authority of the Army Minister Seishiro Itagaki.
This is an appreciation for a monetary donation to
One document is an appreciation certificate from the 1249th Manchurian Unit Commander. It is dated Showa 16
 October 18, and it shows that Lance-Corporal (heicho) Murata Makoto did exemplary service in the protection of
the Kanto area troops. A time period for his meritorious service is recorded: September 18 to October 18. There is
some nice border decoration, including crossed flags.
The other document is dated Showa 17  March 1, and it was also given to Lance-Corporal Murata Makoto. It is
also from the 1249th Manchurian Unit Commander, but the name is different from the earlier document. The certificate
reads somewhat like this: 'For exemplary service in cooperating with the unit commander since joining the unit in
August 1941, this good conduct award is presented.'
The large document is an appreciation certificate from the Minister of the Navy Yoshida Zengo. (His signature is here,
but it is printed, not hand-signed. His red stamp, though, has been pressed onto the document.) It is dated Showa 14
 November, and it shows that a man named Shibata Hifumi donated money to the IJN. The amount is not
indicated. There is some nice border decoration, including a gilt anchor.
The smaller document is dated Showa 14  November 27, and it is a receipt for the monetary donation. Also
inscribed to Shibata Hifumi, and here it shows that he donated 1000 yen, which was a large sum at the time.
Dated Showa 15  April 29. From the Decorations
Bureau. It shows that Corporal Imai [??] received the 7th
Class Order of the Golden Kite and the 7th Class Order of
the Rising Sun, as well as a monetary award of 1300 yen.
An appreciation certificate from both the Minister of the Navy and the Minister of
the Army. It is dated Showa 10  November 3, and it shows that Army
Infantry Sergeant Major Hirose Hakuichi (holder of the 7th Decorated Rank and
7th Class Order of the Golden Kite) was the President of a local branch of the
Imperial Military Reservist Association. The award is for exemplary service in
the association, and was given to him on the 25th anniversary of the founding
of that group.