Kimiko Side Receives Japan Imperial Decoration


Japan Imperial Decoration

The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays


Conferred Upon


Ms. Kimiko SIDE

Former President of Japanese Association of Colorado


The Consulate-General of Japan in Denver is pleased to announce that Ms. Kimiko SIDE, a former president of the Japan Association of Colorado (JAC), has been named a recipient of The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays, an imperial decoration and high civilian honor of Japan.


The conferment of this decoration, which is awarded by the Emperor of Japan to individuals worldwide, recognizes lifetime achievement and a commitment to excellence, particularly including significant positive contributions to mutual understanding and friendship between the United States and Japan.


Her long service includes many years as an executive member of JAC (two years as president, seven years as vice president) , a board member of Japan America Society in Colorado for 17years as well as  a board member of  the Japanese American Citizens League Mil-Hi Chapter for 20 years.  During this service, she selflessly dedicated herself to the promotion of mutual understanding between our two countries and made large efforts to elevate the social status of Japanese Americans.


In addition, she has been actively contributing to the promotion of sister city relations between the cities of Denver and Takayama since 1962.  Furthermore, she has volunteered and extended assistance at her own expense on numerous occasions for the aid and humanitarian protection of Japanese nationals.


In keeping with the high ideals represented by this imperial decoration, Ms. Kimiko Side has been designated as a recipient of this award. An imperial conferment ceremony will be held in Japan later this month.  The Consulate-General of Japan at Denver is honored to offer its sincere congratulations to Mrs. Side for this recognition of her long service.