Prizes are awarded to child winners in 2013 (Photo:

The illustrated diary contest Mitsubishi Asian Children’s Enikki Festa officially kicked off in Hanoi on September 15.

Co-hosted by the Art, Photography and Exhibition Department under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan, the event aims to promote mutual understanding and respect for different cultures between children through their picture diaries towards bringing them together to build a good future.

Addressing the event, Head of the Art, Photography and Exhibition Department Vi Kien Thanh said the contest is designed to provide an opportunity for children to understand daily Asian lives through illustrated diaries under the theme “here is my life”. This year’s event is open to children from 24 Asian countries.

In Vietnam, children aged 6 to 12 nationwide have been invited to participate in the competition. They are encouraged to submit pieces about daily life, friends, family, festivals, customs, school and country.

Entries will be submitted from November 23 to 27. Exceptional artwork will be selected and awarded at an exhibition and could win a trip to Japan.

Over 100 pupils from Vinschool Primary school took part in the contest at the launching event.
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.-VNA