Awards and Accolades
2014 - Grandmaster Seiichi Tanaka served as Grand Marshal of the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival’s Grand Parade
2013 - Presented the Order of the Rising Sun 5th Order: Gold and Silver Rays by Emperor Akihito of Japan, in recognition of Grandmaster Seiichi Tanaka’s contributions to the fostering of US-Japan relations as well as the promotion of Japanese cultural understanding in the United States. The order was established in 1875 by Emperor Meiji of Japan and was the first national decoration awarded by the Japanese government, created on April 10, 1875 by decree of the Council of State. The badge features rays of light from the rising sun. The attachment is shaped into a chrysanthemum. The design symbolizes energy as powerful as the rising sun in parallel with the "rising sun" concept of Japan.
2007 - Grandmaster Seichii Tanaka was inducted into the Bunka Hall of Fame, by Hokka Nichibei Kai, also known as JAANC (the Japanese American Association of Northern California) which memorializes Northern Californians that were important to the culture of Japan as practiced here in America.
2003 - Grandmaster Seiichi Tanaka received commendation from the Foreign Minister of Japan, a prestigious recognition of Tanaka Sensei's significant efforts in promoting the Japanese art of taiko drumming.
2001 - Grandmaster Seiichi Tanaka was named a National Heritage Fellow by the National Endowment of the Arts, an award widely recognized as one of America's highest honors in folk and traditional arts. Tanaka Sensei was one of only 13 in the nation chosen and honored for their artistic excellence, authenticity, and contributions to their field.