James T. Ulak, Deputy Director of the Freer and Sackler Galleries, Receives Japan’s Prestigious "Order of the Rising Sun

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WASHINGTON, DC.- James T. Ulak, deputy director and senior curator of Japanese art at the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Galleries, has been selected to receive the “Order of the Rising Sun,” an award conferred by the Japanese government for exceptional civil or military merit. The Order is presented in recognition of Ulak’s significant career contributions in the service of strengthening bilateral relations and building collaboration between public and private fine arts institutions in Japan and the United States, resulting in the sophisticated presentation of Japanese visual culture in both countries. The announcement of the foreign recipients of the 2010 Spring Imperial Decorations was released by the Office of the Foreign Ministry of Japan April 29. The “Order of the Rising Sun: Gold Rays with Rosette” was conferred by Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki July 6, 2010, in a private ceremony at the Ambassador’