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Through the Eyes and the Hearts of the Children of Asia

The Mitsubishi Public Affairs Committee has sponsored what is today the Mitsubishi Asian Children's Enikki (Illustrated Diary) Festa since 1990 in cooperation with the Asian Pacific Federation of UNESCO Clubs and Associations and the National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan. This project has provided a window on the lives and feelings of children throughout Asia. It is part of our commitment to promoting cultural sensitivity and thereby contributing to a better world for future generations.

We solicited entries for the 2021-2022 Mitsubishi Asian Children's Enikki Festa from children aged 6 to 12 in 22 Asian nations. The children responded with 27,223 works on theme & ldquo;Here is my Life”. That brought the cumulative number of works submitted in Asian Children's Enikki project over the years to 844,765. From Japan in the east to Kazakhstan in the west, the festa's geographical coverage spans some 10,000 kilometers. And it spans a vast spectrum of cultural diversity. I am delighted that we are able to promote exchange amid that diversity through the Japanese tradition of illustrated diaries.

The exhibition of works from the 2021-2022 Mitsubishi Asian Children's Enikki Festa comprised 176 five-day diaries - works selected by the International Jury in Japan from among those chosen and submitted by the national and regional juries. On the following pages are representative selections, one each, from the exhibition diaries.

You will discover in the works presented here vivid depictions of Asian's wealth of natural scenery, cultural diversity, and family interaction.

Thank you for taking part in this important undertaking by opening your eyes - and your hearts - to these young artists.

Takehiko Kakiuchi
Chairman, Executive Committee
Mitsubishi Asian Children's Enikki Festa