Support for "A Brief Message from the Heart" Letter Contest

Since 1995 we have supported this contest, begun by the Maruoka-cho Cultural Foundation in Fukui Prefecture. We support this event mainly for the following two reasons. First, the contest features the spirit common to our message: Passing important values from people to people. Second, Maruoka-cho is where Masatomo Sumitomo, our founder, was born.

29th "A Brief Message from the Heart" Letter Contest Winners Announced

An event to announce winners of the 29th “A Brief Message from the Heart” Letter Contest was held online on January 28, 2022. In this annual contest sponsored by Sumitomo Group Public Affairs Committee, contestants compete by writing memorable short letters on a given theme.

The 2021 competition’s theme was “Kokoro,” a Japanese word whose meanings and associations include heart, mind, thought, and feeling. Of 46,912 entries from Japan and abroad, 166 letters were chosen as winners (5 Grand Prizes, 10 Excellence Awards, 20 Sumitomo Awards, etc.). The award-winning letters expressing the rich palette of moods and emotions associated with “Kokoro” were read out.

Click here to read about the award ceremonies of previous Letter Contests.

Over 1 Million Cumulative Entries

The cumulative entries to "A Brief Message from the Heart" Letter Contest," including those to its predecessor held 10 times from 1993 onward, exceeded one million (1,005,226 letters) on April 19, 2009.