2024 Nominations for “Hamaguchi Essay Contest”

Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism started nomination for “Hamaguchi Essay Contest”.
Essays may be submitted by students enrolled in the same school/organization as Japanese high school (as of July 31, 2024).
Theme: Through reading Japan's famous anecdote of "Inamura-no-hi" (burning of harvested rice sheaves), please share how you feel, think and experiences.
Final deadline: Wednesday, July 31, 2024
*both airmails and e-mails must be accepted by the due date
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Who is Hamaguchi Goryo?
Hamaguchi Goryo was born on a little village which is called Hirogawa town, Wakayama Prefecture now. When the large tsunami resulting from the 1854 Nankai Earthquake struck the village, he guided his fellow villagers to evacuate to higher ground by setting fire to his precious sheaves of rice equivalent to his whole year's harvest as a signal of warning. His post-disaster contributions such as building shelters for victims and breakwater apparently minimized post-tsunami damage.