On the first Sunday of every April, we hold the Inari Festival, celebrating the anniversary of our founding. This year, since the first Sunday fell on April 1, we started the new fiscal year with the Inari Festival. I attended the festival at the Osaka Works, whose cherry blossoms were in full bloom as if timed to coincide precisely with the Inari Festival, making the event even more impressive.
At 9:30 a.m., a Shinto ritual began at Takakura Inari Shinto Shrine, located at the northern end of the Osaka Works. It was attended by approximately 70 to 80 people, including board members and managers working at the works, labor union members, and staff members from subcontracting companies. A Shinto priest invited from the neighboring Ubusuna Shrine read aloud a prayer in hopes for the further prosperity of Sumitomo Electric and the safety of all our staff members.
After the Shinto ritual, I joined a preview event at the Osaka Works' staff cafeteria (east), which is scheduled to be newly opened in late April. It's a comfortable and beautiful eating environment. I always say to employees "Work is tough, but try to enjoy it," and I hope that the new cafeteria will help them to do so.
Afterwards, I visited the History Hall . The other day, in a corner of the first floor of the building near the east gate of the Osaka Works, we installed an exhibition booth to celebrate our 120th anniversary. The exhibition has been designed to look back on our history from the Ccompany's establishment to today through a display of photographs and documents. With a lot of memories brought back to me, I enjoyed strolling in the booth.