Social Welfare

The 16th Kira Kira Art Competition

Mitsubishi Estate established the Kira Kira Art Competition in 2002, out of the desire to support the potential of children with disabilities. It started with 496 works submitted in the first competition, which grew to 1,512 submissions in FY2017, the sixteenth.
The Award for Excellence-winning works are selected after preliminary judging, judging by Mitsubishi Estate Group members, and the main judging. The artworks are displayed in buildings and commercial facilities operated and managed by the Group in seven locations across Japan, and all submissions are posted on the contest website. The ceremony conferring the Award for Excellence was held at the Marunouchi Building Hall on February 16, 2018.
The Kira Kira Art Competition has been selected for the “beyond2020” program in which the government gives logo marks to cultural programs that contribute to the creation of legacy that is proud of the next generation and suited to a mature society, making full use of the regional rich and diverse cultures that are Japan's strengths.
Past submissions are also used on corporate pamphlet covers, calendars, and various other mediums. The competition is an opportunity to appraise, discover, and exhibit the fantastic talents of disabled children, and Mitsubishi Estate provides support with the hope of expanding the breadth of artistic activities.

Kira Kira Art Competition (Japanese only)

Outline of the 16th Kira Kira Art Competition

Call for artwork
A total of 1,512 submissions were received
Judging (October)
623 Mitsubishi Estate Group employees took part in the three-day judging
Exhibition of Award for Excellence winners
The 50 Award for Excellence winners were exhibited at seven venues across Japan (Sapporo, Sendai, Tokyo, Yokohama, Nagoya, Osaka, Fukuoka)
Award ceremony
Held at the Marunouchi Building Hall for Award for Excellence winners, parents and guardians, educators, and other people invited to attend

Messages from parents and guardians

  • Works were chosen that expressed the "sparkle" of children. I was surprised and interested by their sophisticated use of color and composition, and I believe we can say they are artists.
  • This award inspired confidence, and my child now takes on other challenges in various situations.
  • My child has more confidence thanks to this prize, and he spends more time drawing as well.
  • Taking part in this competition was my child's personal goal, and I hope you will continue it.

Messages from educators at award winners' schools

  • Winning this award is a way to inspire a changed outlook on special education at schools. It is one method of normalization. As a supporter of children, I hope opportunities of this type will spread throughout society.
  • I think great artworks were chosen as Award for Excellence winners, and I will encourage my students to keep entering.
  • Many students work very hard on their canvases from April to enter the contest.
  • Doing something continually can be difficult, but I hope you will keep up this competition that inspires children to dream.
  • I hope children across Japan will create moving works of art.

Supporting the potential of children

Past entries adorn the cover of the Mitsubishi Estate Group's CSR Report, and are also used for various purposes such as corporate pamphlets and calendars.
In addition, based on their participation in this contest, 22 winners from FY2017 are active as registered artists in Artbility*1, an art library operated by Tokyo Colony.
An exhibition of registered artists was held at the same time as the Award for Excellence exhibition at the Tokyo venue (Marucube, 1F, Marunouchi Building).

*1 Tokyo Colony, which provides cooperation for the competition, established this art library for people with disabilities in April 1986. It currently stocks around 5,000 pieces of art by roughly 200 artists. They can be lent out for a fee as printed and other mediums, and 60% of the usage amount is paid to the artists.

Judges: O JUN (artist; professor, Tokyo University of the Arts)
Michiko Aoyagi (associate professor, Ibaraki University; part-time lecturer, Tokyo University of the Arts; pedagogy researcher)*2
Katsuya Nishida (graphic designer, Katsuya Nishida Design Office)
Hirokazu Takahashi (director, Artbility, Tokyo Colony)
Junichi Yoshida (President & CEO; Mitsubishi Estate Co., Ltd.)
Akiya Takahashi (director; Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo)

*2 Positions listed are current at the time of the competition

Photo:Exhibition (Tokyo venue: Marucube, 1F, Marunouchi Building)

Exhibition (Tokyo venue: Marucube, 1F, Marunouchi Building)

Photo:Award ceremony

Award ceremony

Photo:Employee judging

Employee judging

Photo:Main judging

Main judging

The Mitsubishi Estate Shall We Concert Brings Live Music to Children with Disabilities

Mitsubishi Estate holds the Mitsubishi Estate Shall We Concert for students at special-needs schools, who have few opportunities to leave school and experience live music, from the viewpoints of supporting culture and fine arts and social welfare (our priority fields for social contribution activities). The goals of this concert are to send professional musicians to these schools to share the fun and charm of music, and to provide chances for children to learn about instruments and music. Eighty-one live concerts have been held for more than 10,000 students in total. These concerts were started in FY2004, with a total of 77 schools up to FY2016. Concerts were put on at five schools in FY2017 as well.
Schools, performers, and Mitsubishi Estate talk together to decide on the concert programs. These are not limited to classical music, but sometimes include music from Ghibli or Disney films, songs the students learn in school, and school songs.
In addition to enjoying music, the concerts include explanations of the compositions and instruments to provide learning opportunities to students.
The students experience the music by singing, clapping, moving their legs, or slowly moving their fingers in tune with the rhythm. Since FY2016, they can also experience what it is like to be a conductor. The audience is excited by watching the performance following the students' batons, which are moved in tune with their own senses of the rhythm and images.

Photo:On-site concert

On-site concert

Mitsubishi Estate Shall We Concert received the Mecenat Grand Prize

The Mitsubishi Estate Shall We Concert was awarded the Mecenat Grand Prize in the Mecenat Awards 2017 organized by the Association for Corporate Support of the Arts. This prize is given for the most exemplary activities, and it is a positive evaluation of our contributions over many long years to developing abundant sensibilities by providing chances for children with disabilities to listen to and experience music.

FY2017 schools
Tokyo Metropolitan Fuchu Keyakinomori Academy
Shinjuku Municipal Shinjuku Special School
Tokyo Metropolitan Mizumoto Koai Academy
Tokyo Metropolitan Mizumoto Special Education School
Tokyo Metropolitan Tanashi Special Education School
(no particular order)
Music Players Okawaridan (ensemble: violin, trumpet, saxophone, tuba, percussion, piano)
Japan-Austria Cultural Association (ensemble: violin, cello, piano, etc.)

Comments from students

  • It was great!
  • It was a meaningful experience.
  • The performance was very beautiful.

Comments from schools

  • Some students watched the performers, who played with straight backs and necks, with great interest.
  • They sang along with songs they knew.
  • The performers said, "Clap or cough if you want - let's have fun with music!" This allowed the students to relax and listen.
  • Students who don't like loud noises smiled as they sat in their chairs.
  • I think the students will always remember conducting like Karajan, Bernstein, or Seiji Ozawa.