May 16, 2013 1:57 PM
Hello! I am Matsumura from the Public Relations Dept. of Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd., Japan.
On Sunday, April 21, the award ceremony of the 10th New “A Brief Message from the Heart” Letter Contest was held at the Maruoka Gymnasium in Maruoka-cho, Sakai City, Fukui Prefecture. A total of 63,745 entries were received for this year’s contest, whose theme was “Arigato (Thank You).” The ceremony was attended by contestants who won Honorable Mention or higher award. Since 1994, the Sumitomo Group has supported this contest and its former “A Brief Message from the Heart” Letter Contest, hosted by the Maruoka Cultural Foundation, due to its connection with Maruoka-cho. Masatomo Sumitomo, the founding father of the Sumitomo family, was born in Maruoka, in Echizen Province (now Maruoka-cho, Sakai City, Fukui Prefecture). I attended the award ceremony on behalf of Sumitomo Electric, a member of the Sumitomo Group.
Prizes were awarded to a total of 218 entries. At the ceremony, some prize-winning works, including five works that won a Grand Prize, were read aloud by students from Maruoka Junior High School in Sakai City. When each work was read aloud, I was moved by its own unique message of thanks. The ceremony was very impressive.
At the end of the ceremony, all attendees enjoyed singing together the song Arigato (Thank You), written by poet Mikiro Sasaki and composed by singer-songwriter Hitoshi Komuro, who were on the award selection committee.
This contest has now reached a 20-year milestone since the former “A Brief Message from the Heart” Letter Contest has begun. The theme for next year’s contest is “Wasurenai (Never Forget).” Entries are being received now. Why not enter the contest! For entry information, please visit: http://maruoka-fumi.jp/ippitsu.html (in Japanese)