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Mitsubishi Asian Children's Enikki Festa


Mitsubishi Asian Children's Enikki Festa

Have you ever imagined how children live their lives in other Asian countries? How much do you think such children around Asia know about Japanese children and their lives? The "Mitsubishi Asian Children's Enikki Festa" is a project that aims to deepen mutual understanding among children in Asia about different cultures and lifestyles through an exchange of enikki (illustrated diaries) by children themselves. The program is now calling for entries of picture diaries created by children for the next exhibition.



Mitsubishi Asian Children's Enikki Festa

The program was established by the Mitsubishi Public Affairs Committee, the Asian Federation of UNESCO Clubs and Associations, and the National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan in 1990, the year that was designated by the United Nations as International Literacy Year. The program is founded on the basis of two goals: to encourage more children to gain literacy through creating and reading picture diaries; and to promote mutual understanding and respect of different cultures between children through their picture diaries so that they work together to build a good future. The number of participating countries has increased year after year, from eight countries including Japan for the initial year to twenty-four countries and regions this year. A total of ten festivals were held in the past 21 years until last year, gathering over 560,000 entries of artworks so far.



Children eligible for the entry are those whose ages are 6 to 12 years old. According to the program's theme, "I want to tell you about my life," the children are asked to draw a picture diary about things from their everyday lives they want to introduce to other children in Asia. Such topics can be anything as local customs, events, favorite things to do for fun, families and friends, school lives, festivals, or traditional performing arts. From all the entries, exceptional artworks will be selected and awarded through both domestic and international screenings and will be honored at an exhibition that travels to different locations in Japan. National/regional Grand Prix winners will also be invited to take part in a joint award ceremony and international exchange program, which is scheduled to be held in Kobe and Kyoto late July in 2013, to meet and enjoy making new friends with winners from other countries as well as local Japanese children.

The 10th Grand Prix winning work from India The 10th Grand Prix winning work from Indonesia The 10th Grand Prix winning work from Malaysia

The 10th
Grand Prix winning work
from India

The 10th
Grand Prix winning work
from Indonesia

The 10th
Grand Prix winning work
from Malaysia


For this 11th year of the program, the entry is open now through January 18, 2013 (must be postmarked on or before the date). Although there is time enough until the deadline, summer break is a great time to start working on your picture diary. More information of how to participate in the program is available at the official website of the program. Don't forget also to visit Enikki Gallery on the website, where you will discover past winning artworks by children in Asia that are each unique and show their efforts.



Official Website http://enikki.mitsubishi.or.jp/e/index_f.html (in English)
Mitsubishi Asian Children's Enikki Festa Executive Committee
TEL.03-5777-6825 FAX.03-5777-5351 E-mail:enikki@cicinc.co.jp