An award presentation ceremony for the 23rd “A Brief Message from the Heart” Letter Contest was held at the Takamuku Community Center in Maruoka, Sakai City, Fukui Prefecture, on May 29, 2016. In this annual contest sponsored by Sumitomo Group Public Affairs Committee, contestants compete by writing memorable short letters on a given theme.
The 2015 competition’s theme was “Songs,” and of 27,657 entries from Japan and 7 other countries, 191 letters were chosen as winners (5 Grand Prizes, 10 Excellence Awards, 20 Sumitomo Awards, etc.) The venue was decked out with a profusion of flowers. Five students from the Maruoka Junior High School of Sakai City read the award-winning letters. The winners were presented with certificates made of the local Echizenori textile.