Order of the Rising Sun : Decorating an Australian Collector

Ambassador Akimoto and Mrs Pauline Gandel

Longstanding client of LKG, inspirational philanthropist, longest-serving President of Melbourne Urasenke tea group and serious collector of Japanese lacquer, Pauline Gandel, was recently awarded the Imperial Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette. The official presentation took place at the Japanese Embassy in Canberra on December 13. Awarded for the promotion of ‘mutual understanding of Japanese culture in Australia through Japanese art and tea ceremony’, Pauline is amongst the select 8 Australian women to receive an Imperial Order.

More information :
The Herald Sun : ‘Take a Bow Pauline’
The Australian : ‘Pauline Gandels love affair with lacquer…’

Ambassador Akimoto and Mrs Pauline Gandel
Photos : Byron Kehoe