Astonishing News!

by | Jun 23, 2021

Cherry Blossoms at DC’s Tidal Basin in peak bloom in 2014.

The Ezo Spruce (Picea glehnii), #5 in the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum collections, which I call “Little Mountain.”

This year, I am humbled to share that the Government of Japan is awarding me the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays as one of the foreign recipients of the 2021 Spring Imperial Decorations.

The citation reads: “Ann McClellan has played an important role in strengthening the Japan-U.S. relationship. She has made exemplary contributions to promoting mutual understanding between Japan and the United States through her captivating written work, including “The Cherry Blossom Festival: Sakura Celebration” and “Bonsai and Penjing: Ambassadors of Peace & Beauty.” Through her writing, presentations and appearances at various conventions and events, she has imparted an appreciation and awareness of the art of Japanese bonsai and the history of the cherry blossom trees, which remain an enduring symbol of the Japan-U.S. friendship.”

Alas,because of the pandemic, I was not able to go to Japan to receive the award. I promise to post a photo of it when I have it. It is beyond gratifying to have my work and efforts acknowledged in such a profound way and I am speechless with astonishment.