Manchukuo Emperor State Visit to Japan Medal

The Emperor Pu-Yi (often called the Last Emperor) made two state visits to Japan, once in 1935 and again in 1940.  The first was certainly the more celebrated since the purpose was to formally present himself as the Manchukuo Emperor to the Showa Emperor–and of course to Japan. The Japanese government made a great deal of this visit and of the new nation simply because Japan had a huge stake in its success.

Four commemorative postage stamps were issued, the mainstream media (radio, newspapers, magazines) inundated the public with propaganda about Manchukuo, and many important people from a variety of organizations assembled to welcome Pu-Yi to Japan. (The still-lauded trip of the Showa Emperor all the way to Tokyo Station also publically demonstrated the warm relationship between the empires.)

Subsequently, Pu-Yi became a celebrity.

The Japan Mint made an official medal to commemorate the 1935 visit. This medal was awarded by the government, though. It was not put on sale like some other Japan Mint items. Here is a photo:

manchukuo emperor visit to japan medal

And a few close-ups:

obverse

obverse

obverse (close-up)

obverse (close-up)

Spearhead shape with cherry & orchid blossoms, symbols of Japan and Manchukuo, respectively. There is an inscription in the banner at the bottom that reads ‘One in virtue and spirit.’ (I found this translation in James Peterson’s book on Japanese medals.)

The reverse:

reverse

reverse

The reverse is inscribed ‘Kang Te 2 [1935], Manchukuo Empire, Emperor’s Visit to Japan Commemorative Medal, April 6th.’

And here is the case exterior:

manchukuo emperor state visit to japan medal

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