The award ceremony for the 25th “A Brief Message from the Heart” Letter Contest was held at the Takamuku Community Center in Sakai City, Fukui Prefecture, on May 13, 2018. In this annual contest sponsored by Sumitomo Group Public Affairs Committee, contestants compete by writing memorable short letters on a given theme.
Marking the 25th anniversary, returning to the starting point, the theme set for the 2017 competition was “To Mother,” the same theme as for the very first contest. 140 letters were honored (5 Grand Prizes, 10 Excellence Awards, 20 Sumitomo Awards, etc.). The venue was decked out with carnations of various colors as the day of the ceremony was in fact Mother’s Day. Six students from the Maruoka Junior High School of Sakai City read out the award-winning letters. The winners were presented with certificates made of the local Echizenori textile.