An event to announce winners of the 26th "A Brief Message from the Heart" Letter Contest was held at the Takamuku Community Center in Sakai City, Fukui Prefecture, on January 25, 2019. In this annual contest sponsored by Sumitomo Group Public Affairs Committee, contestants compete by writing memorable short letters on a given theme.
The 2018 competition's theme was "Teacher," and 160 letters were honored (5 Grand Prizes, 10 Excellence Awards, 20 Sumitomo Awards, etc.) from 39,468 letters. At the venue, four students from Maruoka South Junior High School of Sakai City read the award-winning letters, which were notable for their illuminating insights on this theme.