SOAS University of London

JRC Research Associate, Dr David Hughes awarded The Order of the Rising Sun

8 January 2018

On 3 November 2017, the Government of Japan has announced the conferment of the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette on Dr David W. Hughes, former Head of Department of Music, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London and former Chairman of the Center of the Music Studies, SOAS, University of London, in recognition of his significant contribution to promoting cultural exchange and mutual understanding between Japan and the United Kingdom.

Dr David Hughes has played a significant role in promoting understanding of traditional Japanese music, particularly folk music, in the UK. He has organised over 200 performances featuring visiting practitioners from Japan and has set up three groups in the UK that are at the forefront of teaching and performing Japanese music, alongside his significant academic achievements relating to increasing understanding of traditional Japanese folk music in the UK. 

David Hughes Japan Matsuri