The award ceremony for the 26th “A Brief Message from the Heart” Letter Contest was held at the Takamuku Community Center in Sakai City, Fukui Prefecture, on April 21, 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 the 160 award-wining letters, which were announced in January, were honored (5 Grand Prizes, 10 Excellence Awards, 20 Sumitomo Awards, etc.).
Five students from the Maruoka Minami Junior High School of Sakai City read the top award-winning letters. As the author of each letter appeared on the podium, the feelings expressed in his or her letter touched the hearts of the audience and the venue charged with the emotion. Each of the winners was presented with a certificate made of the local Echizenori textile.