Award ceremony of New“A Brief Message from the Heart ”Letter Contest
On May 29th, 2010, the writing contest New "A Brief Message from the Heart", the 7th such event, was held in the Maruoka gym in Sakai City, Fukui Prefecture.

A total of 33,843 entries were received, of which 133 submissions came from contestants in other countries worldwide, for this year's contest with the theme "To Laugh". Of these entries, 150 received prizes. The award breakdown is as follows: Five contestants were selected for the Grand Prize, 10 won the Award for Excellence, 20 earned the Sumitomo Award, 10 submissions were recognized as a special award, five were given the Maruoka Junior Chamber Award, and 100 entries were chosen for an Honorable Mention.

At the reception, each of submissions were read and introduced by students from Maruoka Junior high school. Also, singer-songwriter Hitoshi Komuro and his daughter took the Grand Prize submissions and converted them into songs in which they sang at the ceremony.

Scene of award ceremony