July 17, 2007
rank Miller made an impact on his Japanese friends. In 1929, Japanese Emperor Hirohito honored the hotel owner. It was an important event at the Mission Inn. The Japanese Counsel and Vice Counsel from Los Angeles made the presentation of the Order of the Rising Sun (4 th Class) on behalf of the Emperor. The site of the simple ceremony was Carrie Jacobs Bond suite on the fourth floor of the hotel in front of approximately 20 people. Miller wore a Kimono whereas the Japanese dignitaries wore Western style clothing. A dinner in the Cloister Music Room followed the ceremony.
Miller also adopted the clothing of the Franciscan padres who established the California missions. He often dressed in a padre’s robe called a cowl. There are photographs in the collections showing Frank Miller on Mount Rubidoux wearing the robes. He portrayed Father Junipero Serra in a Nativity play presented annually in the Music Room.