On the 7th of March, 2019, an Official Imperial Decoration Ceremony and Reception was held at the Consul-General’s Official Residence for the 2018 Autumn Conferment of The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays on Ms Akiko Yamada.

As Director of Urasenke Brisbane Liaison Office as well as Director of the Japanese Culture Centre, Ms. Yamada has been recognised for her long-standing contribution to the introduction of Japanese culture in Australia.