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December 09, 2011

Results for the All Japan Elementary School Essay Contest 2011
: A Comfortable Planet
The Award for Best Essay Goes to Hana Ando at Namekawa Elementary School, Hitachi City, Ibaraki Prefecture for her essay “Valuable Energy and Our Lifestyle”

Iwatani Corporation (Head office: Tokyo and Osaka, President: Akiji Makino, Paid-in-capital: 20 billion yen) continued last year’s sponsorship of the All Japan Elementary School Essay Contest: A Comfortable Planet.

The selection of “A Comfortable Planet” as the essay theme was inspired by our company slogan, "Creation of a more comfortable space on the earth is what Iwatani wishes and strives for." We invited entries from all elementary school students in Japan and we received submissions from a lot of children for a total of 2,541 entries (1,911 last year) from 326 schools (261 last year).

After an impartial screening, the award for best essay went to Hana Ando, a fifth-year student at Namekawa Elementary School in Hitachi City, Ibaraki Prefecture for her essay “Valuable Energy and Our Lifestyle.” The results of the screening are listed below.

We also visited the elementary school for the Best Essay awards ceremony as well as three schools that were awarded Honorable Mentions for Schools.

 

Best Essay Award: Valuable Energy and Our Lifestyle

Hana Ando, 5th grade student at Namekawa Elementary School, Hitachi City, Ibaraki Prefecture 

Awards Ceremony: Thursday, December 15 at the school morning assembly. We presented the winner with a certificate, a commemorative plaque and a 50,000 yen book card as a supplementary prize

 

Award for Excellence: 4 awards (2 in the lower grade category, 2 in the upper grade category) of a certificate, a commemorative plaque and a 30,000 yen book card as a supplementary prize

 

 

Lower grade category

Prefecture

School Year Student Essay Title
Gifu Hiromi Elementary, Kani City 2 Ryouta Arao That’s a waste, Mummy
Gunma Iwagami Elementary, Maebashi City 3 Takehito Tago Energy in your own backyard

 

 

Upper grade category

Prefecture School Year Student Essay Title
Shiga Setaminami Elementary, Otsu City      4 Atomu Kawagishi Protecting nature at Lake Biwa
Fukuoka Tamagawa Elementary, Fukuoka City       5 Nozomi Tsunoda Lessons from the Edo Period

 

Runner-up Awards: 10 awards (5 each for the lower grade and upper grade categories) of a certificate, a commemorative plaque and a 10,000 yen book card as a supplementary prize

 

Honorable Mentions: 22 awards (10 in the lower grade and 12 in the upper grade) of a certificate and a commemorative plaque

 

Three schools were awarded Honorable Mentions: Numakage Elementary in Saitama City, Shonan Shirayuri Gakuen Elementary School and Kojima Elementary School in Kurashiki City. The schools were presented with a certificate, a commemorative plaque and a 50,000 yen book card as a supplementary prize.