1 March 14 - 15, 2015 MIHC-HSA Joint Meeting
2 Rencontre avec Yûko Onda, auteure de haïku
3 2014 North Carolina Awards
4 2014Fujisan Haiku
Modern Haiku Association (MHA),
International Affairs Section
6 The result of the fifth EU/Japan Haiku Contest: "Wonderful Encounter"
7 Haiku Events in Two European Cities to be held in January 2014 by the Haiku International Association(HIA), Tokyo, Japan
8 2013Fujisan Haiku
9 The 4th Japan-EU English Haiku Contest have been announced.
Please see the following URL means
10 The 14th HIA Haiku Contest and keynote lecture
- World peace through haiku -
11 Why Is Haiku Popular ?
12 The 1st Chubu Meeting of Haiku International Association
“HAIKU and 俳句 for WORLD PEACE”
13 2012 Fujisan Haiku
14 Seven Questions to the Panellists
15 Calls for Japan-EU English Haiku Contest
16 4th Yamadera Bashō Memorial Museum
English Haiku Contest - Guidelines for Submissions
17 Japan-Russia Haiku Contest (Guidelines for Submission)
18 Information of the "Haiku on the Japan Earthquake 3.11.2011" was published
19 Information of the "2nd Vladimir Devide Haiku Award - Open Haiku Competition"
20 Information of the "12th World Children's Haiku Contest" holding
21 Haiku is ‘a way of life’ for poet Lenard D. Moore
March 14 - 15, 2015 MIHC-HSA Joint Meeting

1. March 14, 9:00 - 12:00: MIHC-HSA Joint Meeting

Facilitators Meguro International Haiku Circle
Schedule 9:00 - 9:10: reception
9:10 - 11:30: speech
11:30 - 13:30: lunch
Speakers 9:10 - 9:30: David G. Lanoue
9:30 - 9:50: Juich Masuda
9:50 - 10:10: Philip Rowland
10:10 - 10:50: Simone K. Busch
10:50 - 11:10: Shokan Tadashi Kondo
11:10 - 11:30: Masaaki Oka

2. March 14, 13:30 - 17:00: MIHC Kukai (English Haiku Workshop) (Same as 2013 MIHC Festival)

Moderator Brunelli Crystal
Place Meguro Citizens Center - Community Education Center, Room 3, 7th Floor

3. March 14, 17:30 - 20:00: party at Izakaya (Shoya)

4. March 15: 11:00 - 17:00: Kamakura Haiku Walk

Schedule 11:00: gathering at Kitakamakura station
(outside of the exit from No. 1 station)
-> Tokeiji temple (Blyth, Daisetsu) (11:15 - 12:30)
-> Kitakamakura station
-> Kamakura station (13:00 - 14:30) (Lunch)
-> Jufukuji temple (Kyoshi) (15:00 -16:00)
-> Komachi-dori Ave. to Kamakura station (16:00 - 17:00)
For more detail contact
Yasuomi Koganei : yix04102@nifty.com
Rencontre avec Yûko Onda, auteure de haïku


2014 North Carolina Awards


2014Fujisan Haiku

Since ancient times, Fujisan (Mt. Fuji) has been a sacred mountain and the source of inspiration for many works of art. It is highly valued internationally as a unique mountain in the world, and in June 2013 at the 37th session of the World Heritage Committee it was inscribed as a World Heritage Site (Cultural Heritage).

As in 2013, our goal is to create an opportunity for people from home and abroad to reflect anew upon this value of Fujisan. We are conducting this “Fujisan Haiku” project to have people compose haiku on the theme of Fujisan, from which famous haiku writers Basho and Buson drew their inspiration.

Topic Fujisan (Mt Fuji)
Application Category International Section (for haiku composed in English or French)
※Toru Haga, an internationally renowned expert on comparative literature, will judge the International Section entries.
Application period October 1st, 2014 - December 17th, 2014
Announcement of Results February 23rd, 2015
Sponsor Yamanashi Fujisan World Cultural Heritage Conservation Council
In cooperation with Shizuoka Prefecture and the Haiku International Association.

Call for entries for Fujisan Haiku(Haiku on Mt Fuji)competition(English)

Appel de candidatures pour le concours Fujisan Haiku(Haiku sur Mt Fuji) (French)

Modern Haiku Association (MHA),
International Affairs Section
Date 2014/09/15 (Mon) 15:00-17:00
Venue ARTS CHIYODA 3331 (Conference Room)
6-11-14 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
(Tokyo Metro Line: Suehiro-cho; Yushima; Okachi-machi, JR Line: Okachi-machi; Akihabara)
Speakers 1."My Approach to Haiga"
    Lidia: Rozmus

2."Japanese Influences on American Haiku"
    Charles Trumbull:

    (20 min. each)
Chair Toshio Kimura (Head of the International Affairs Section)
Fee ¥1,000
Reservation gendaihaiku@bc.wakwak.com
Modern Haiku Association (Gendai Haiku Kyokai)
The result of the fifth EU/Japan Haiku Contest: "Wonderful Encounter"

Ministry of Foreign Affairs officially reports the result of the 5th Japan-EU English Haiku Contest, has been issued in the press release.
For more information, please click here.

Haiku Events in Two European Cities to be held in January 2014 by the Haiku International Association(HIA), Tokyo, Japan

I - The Symposium on "Haiku Today in Europe and Japan" in Brussels, Belgium

Topic "Haiku Today in Europe and in Japan"
Date Friday, 24th January 2014
Venue Swedish Permanent Delegation to the European Union Square de Meeûs 30 1000, Brussels, Belgium
Tel: 32 2 289 5611
Time 10:30-16:30 (reception included)
Panelists Herman Van Rompuy (President of the European Council)
Lars Vargö (Swedish Ambassador to Japan)
Drago Štambuk (Croatian Ambassador to Brazil)
Willy Vande Walle (Professor at Catholic University of Leuven)
Akito Arima (President of the Haiku lnternational Association)
Toru Kiuchi (Professor at Nihon University)
and haiku poets from other countries such as Holland, Germany and England
Registration : uchiyama@hhbt.co.jp
Language Used English (with Japanese Translation)

Ⅱ - (1) Lecture by Doctor Akito Arima, HIA President, &
(2) Haiku Exchange Session for Participants in Rome, Italy

Topic "Why Haiku Is Popular?"
Date Sunday, 26th January 2014
Venue Japan Cultural Institute in Rome, Via Antonio Gramsci, 7400197 Rome, Italy
Tel: 06 322 4794
Time 16:30-18:00 (snack & drinks)
Registration : uchiyama@hhbt.co.jp
Language Used Japanese for lecture (on-site translation in Italian) and English for the Haiku Exchange Session
About the Lecturer Dr. Akito Arima, President of HIA, is the former Minister of Education, ex-President of the University of Tokyo as well as a haiku poet
Application Deadline January 10, 2014
Required your name, address, country, telephone number, gender
Name of Haiku Group if you belong to:

Application & for more details,
please contact at info_hia@haiku-hia.com

Supported by: EU Delegation in Japan, Embassy of Japan in Belgium Embassy of Japan in Italy, Delegation of Japan in EU
Subsidized by: The Japan Foundation, The Tokyo Club,
The Haiku International Association
Tel: 81-3-5228-9004

2013Fujisan Haiku

Since ancient times, Fujisan (Mt. Fuji) has been a sacred mountain and the source of inspiration for many works of art. It is highly valued internationally as a unique mountain in the world, and in June 2013 at the 37th session of the World Heritage Committee it was inscribed as a World Heritage Site (Cultural Heritage).
As in 2011 and 2012, our goal is to create an opportunity for people from home and abroad to reflect anew upon this value of Fujisan. We are conducting this “Fujisan Haiku” project to have people compose haiku on the theme of Fujisan, from which famous haiku writers Basho and Buson drew their inspiration.

Topic Fujisan (Mt Fuji)
Application Category International Section (for haiku composed in English or French)
※Toru Haga, an internationally renowned expert on comparative literature, will judge the International Section entries.
Application period October 1st, 2013 - December 19th, 2013
Announcement of Results February 23rd, 2014
Sponsor Yamanashi Council for the Promotion of Mt. Fuji's Inscription as a World Heritage Site
In cooperation with Shizuoka Prefecture and the Haiku International Association.

Call for entries for Fujisan Haiku(Haiku on Mt Fuji)competition(English)

Appel de candidatures pour le concours Fujisan Haiku(Haiku sur Mt Fuji) (French)

The 4th Japan-EU English Haiku Contest have been announced.

The 4th Japan-EU English Haiku Contest have been announced.
Please see the following URL means

The 14th HIA Haiku Contest and keynote lecture
- World peace through haiku -

- From Japan Journal, written by SANO Kentaro -

Date: November 24, 2012
Venue: Arcadia Ichigaya, Tokyo
Please click PDF file
"Why Is Haiku Popular ?"

keynote speech preview
Dr. Arima Akito, the president of the Haiku International Association gave a keynote speech for the Haiku Pacific Rim, at Asilomar, California, in the 7th of September, 2012.
Since that lecture was organized, please click PDF file.

The 1st Chubu Meeting of Haiku International Association
“HAIKU and 俳句 for WORLD PEACE”
Date: Friday, October 26th, 2012, 13 : 30 p.m.~16 : 30 p.m.
(Reception desk opens at 13 : 00 p.m.)
The 1st Meeting Room(Toyoda Auditorium 3F)
Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya, 464-8601, Japan
Tel : 052-789-5111
Access: Take JR Chuo Line from Nagoya Station and transfer at Kanayama Station
to Subway Meijo Line and get off at Nagoya Daigaku.(Exit #2)
Keynote Speech: Dr. Akito Arima(President of Haiku International Association)
former Minister of Education
former President of Tokyo University
awarded the Order of Culture
Haiku Reading: HIA Members and Applicants
Comments and Q&A
Attendant: Please inform HIA of your name and address beforehand. We welcome guests including students as well as HIA members.
Applicant for Haiku Reading: If you would like to read your original haiku,please send no more than 5 haiku to HIA with your name and address by October 20th by post, fax or e-mail. Haiku should be written in English and /or in Japanese.

Haiku International Association(HIA)
2-7-7F Ichigaya-Tamachi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 162-0843, Japan
TEL : 03-5228-9004 FAX : 03-5228-9007
e-mail : info_hia@haiku-hia.com

●Admission : Free(HIA members should pay 1,500 yen for the handout.)

2012 Fujisan Haiku

Since ancient times, Fujisan(Mt Fuji) has been a sacred mountain and the source of artistic inspiration. Keeping in mind this unique cultural value of Fujisan, we are aiming for Fujisan to be inscribed as a World Cultural Heritage Site.

This time, our goal is to create an opportunity for people from home and abroad to reflect anew upon this value of Fujisan. Drawing inspiration from famous haiku writers Basho and Buson, the theme is on Fujisan, and to be composed in haiku for the "Fujisan Haiku."

Topic Fujisan (Mt Fuji)
Application Category International Section (for haiku composed in English or French)
*Toru Haga, an internationally renowned expert on comparative literature, will judge the International Section entries.
Application period October 2nd, 2012 - December 20th, 2012
Announcement of Results February 23rd, 2013
Sponsor Yamanashi Council for the Promotion of Mt. Fuji's Inscription as a World Heritage Site
In cooperation with Shizuoka Prefecture and the Haiku International Association.
 Call for entries for Fujisan Haiku(Haiku on Mt Fuji)competition   (English)
Appel de candidatures pour le concours Fujisan Haiku(Haiku sur Mt Fuji) (French)
Seven Questions to the Panellists

Anthony Kudryavitsky
born in Moscow, Russia, in 1954
President of the Irish Haiku Society
Magazine editor, literary translator

1. Could you tell us about the present state of haiku in your country?

A. The number of members of your haiku society/association; about your journal; when it was established?

The Irish Haiku Society founded in September 2006 is a not-for-profit organisation promoting the writing and appreciation of haiku in Ireland. As of today, the Irish Haiku Society has sixty-six full members. They all are either born on the island of Ireland or long-term residents here. In my estimate, the number of poets engaged in haiku writing in Ireland is approaching one hundred.

Shamrock, the international haiku quarterly that I edit, was established in January 2007. Its 18th issue has just gone online.

B. The activities of your haiku society.

We conduct haiku workshops and readings, organise ginko (haiku excursions), hold the annual IHS international haiku competition, publish the international haiku magazine, Shamrock, and finally, we are preparing a national anthology of best Irish haiku, which we hope to get published in book-form rather sooner than later.

2. What does haiku mean to you? What makes haiku different from other forms of poetry? In other words, what is the special feature of haiku?

I write haiku (in English only), as well as mainstream poetry (in both English and Russian), and I’ve published collections of both. I think writing haiku is more about feeling than philosophising, and I am happy that I got into writing this kind of poetry. Haiku writing seems to be intuitive. Also, it changes a haiku poet’s personality. Succumbing to the habit of self-observation, a poet can trace those changes in himself. This will probably give him a chance to look into himself, to connect with his inner self in this way…

3. Most Japanese haiku poets are quite aware of seasons and nature when writing haiku. How about the haiku poets in your country?

Most of the Irish Haiku Society poets write haiku associated with a certain season, and they tend to use kigo, a season word. Some of us, including myself, are regular contributors to the World Kigo Database. Sometimes we write muki (kigoless) haiku but this doesn’t happen too often. Same with senryu. Some other poets in our country who don’t belong to any group of haiku enthusiasts, write haiku-like poems that can be classed as zappai - sometimes they are quite funny but rather shallow, and shouldn’t be regarded as real haiku.

4. What do you think of “cutting words” and juxtaposition (internal comparison)
as haiku techniques?

We can’t use kire in English, as there are no cutting words in our language. However we use other means of separating one part of a haiku from another. This is either a dash, or three dots, or just a logical break, not marked but obvious. Juxtaposition is one of the main haiku techniques, and our haiku poets use it quite often. I wish they used it even more often!

5. What do Japanese haiku, whether classic or modern, mean to you and your fellow poets?

I studied works by classical Japanese haiku poets of the past long before I attempted writing my own haiku. Their works are and will ever be a constant source of inspiration for me. While giving a haiku workshop, I always encourage the participants not only to read but to examine the works by at least four Japanese haiku greats: Basho, Buson, Issa and Shiki. I am quite sure that not knowing the classics they won’t be able to find their own way of writing their haiku. The Irish - or should I say Celtic? - trend of haiku writing is actually very close to Japanese, much closer than American, for instance.

6. What do you think the future of haiku will or should be?

Since the times of Basho haiku managed to survive for quite a few centuries, and I believe that it will flourish as a unique genre of poetry in the centuries to come. After all, it is easy to memorise a haiku, so they will survive this way, even if our descendants won’t have books anymore.

7. Do you think that haiku is or will be accepted as a mainstream form of poetry in your country? How do other poets regard haiku in your country?

I am afraid, the only country where haiku have been accepted as a mainstream form of poetry is Japan. But should we really push for this kind of acceptance? If writing haiku becomes prestigious we’ll only get many more tons of badly written three-liners. Personally, I am happy that there are many good haiku poets in almost every part of the world, and reading their works, which I do regularly, gives me a great pleasure.

Calls for Japan-EU English Haiku Contest

The 3rd Japan-EU English Haiku Contest will be held. For more information, please click here.


4th Yamadera Bashō Memorial Museum
English Haiku Contest - Guidelines for Submissions
Conditions for Submission: Onlyunpublished English haiku poems are eligible for submission. Each applicant isallowed to submit up to two poems. A Japanese translation should be includedwith each poem when possible, but non-Japanese applicants are not required to attacha translation.  Judging: The judging panel willconsist of Takeshi Iijima (President of theInternational Association of Japanese Studies, Professor Emeritus of YamagataUniversity), Noboru Oba (President of the Association of Culture & Tourism Promotion of theYamadera Area and former President of the Yamagata Prefecture English EducationResearch Association), Jo Marinok ōji (poet and critic), and Lisa Somers (Yamagata University part-time instructor,translator).


  1. Division One: college students, generalpublic
  2. Division Two : junior high schoolstudents
  3. Division Three: high school students
  4. Division Four: non-Japanese

 Application procedure:
Haiku submissions may be submitted by post, email, orfax. Applicants are also requested to give their division, name, age and sex (optional),and contact information (address, phone number, email address [if any]). Age, sex,and contact information will not be made public. Junior and senior high schoolstudents should include their school name and grade, and Japanese applicantsare asked to give the phonetic reading of their name.

Participation fee:None

Deadline: Applications should be postmarkedno later than Saturday, June 9, 2012.

Submissions:Haiku submissions and inquiries may be sent by post, fax, or emailto:

Yamadera Bashō Memorial Museum
4223Nanin Yamadera
Yamagata-shi,Yamagata-ken, 999-3301 JAPAN
( (0)23-695-2221  Fax: (0)23-695-2552
emailaddress: bashoenglish-haiku@amail.plala.or.jp

Prizes: In each division, one grand prize and two distinguished work prizes will be awarded. Recipients will receive a certificateprinted in both English and Japanese as well as an additional prize.

Announcement of judging results:

Prize winners will be notified by mail and will be invitedto attend the awards ceremony, which will be held on July 15, 2012 at 1:30 p.m.Prize-winning haiku poems will be displayed on the Yamadera Bashō Memorial Museumwebsite during the month of July, 2012. All haiku entries will appear in theHaiku Submission Collection, and to ensure easy understandability, anyunintentional spelling mistakes found in haiku submissions will be corrected byYamadera Bashō Memorial Museum staff.

Japan-Russia Haiku Contest
(Guidelines for Submission)

This is a photo of a haiku workshop for the group of Professor Tatiana Breslavets, Japanese literature and Philology Group at Far Eastern Federal University.

From September 25 till October 2, 2011, Hidenori Hiruta, a member of the Haiku International Association (HIA), whose president is Dr. Akito Arima, had an opportunity to introduce and share haiku in Vladivostok, Russia.

During his stay in Vladivostok, Hiruta visited Eastern School, Far Eastern Federal University, and Japan Center there.

His visit there was supported by Akita Prefecture and Akita International University as well as by the Haiku International Association and the JAL Foundation.

On September 26, Hiruta paid a courtesy visit to Japan Center and Far Eastern Federal University, School of Regional and International Studies, Chair of Japanese Philology, Chair of Asia Pacific Region Countries’ Languages.

Hiruta told Director, Sohei Oishi and Head of the Chair, Alexander Shnyrko about the aims of his visit, and asked them for their cooperation, hoping for a further spread of haiku in Vladivostok.

In his visits to Eastern School, Hiruta told about haiku to kindergarten children and elementary pupils who study Japanese. The children enjoyed reading haiku in chorus in Japanese as well as in Russian. They also enjoyed drawing picturesabout haiku.

In JapanCenter in Vladivostok, Hiruta gave a talk on “Haiku andTea Ceremony” to the members of the tea club “Ichigo Ichie no Kai” formed forthe cultural course.

The articles on Hiruta’sactivities for cultural exchanges through haiku in Vladivostokhave appeared in the following homepages of the Japanclub at Japan Centerin Vladivostok and the Haiku InternationalAssociation in Tokyo.

* The Russian version: http://www.jp-club.ru/?p=2341
* The Japanese version : http://www.haiku-hia.com/report_jp.html
* The English version :  http://www.haiku-hia.com/hyoron_en_ru.html

Hiruta gave four-day workshops of 90minutes on writing haiku, short poems, at the FEFU School of Regional andInternational Studies. Students learned to write haiku through these workshops.

The article on the workshops atFar Eastern Federal University has appeared in the homepage of Far EasternFederal Universisty.

It says as follows.

Theworkshops were conducted by “Haydzin” Hiruta Hidenori — a poet who writes haikuspecially arrived to Vladivostok.Students, studying the Japanese language, listened with interest to theexplanations of how to write haiku in various languages — Japanese,English and Russian, and then created their own poems.

Mr. Hiruta arrivedfrom Akita Prefecture, which has friendly relationswith Primorsky Region. Next year there will be the 20-th Anniversary ofsister-relationships between Akita and Vladivostok. Universitiesin these cities have students and teachers exchange agreements, so Far EasternFederal University students may participate in the Haiku contest in Russian, aswell as in Japanese and English. Winners of the competition have a realopportunity to go to Japan.

Such cultural exchanges as thiscaused a great sensation there in Vladivostok,making them more interested in haiku and inspiring them to write haiku.

Thisis why the Akita International Haiku Network is pleased to launch theJapan-Russia Haiku Contest, as an opportunity to share haiku related to thetheme of “the sea”.  

The organizer hopesthat this contest will serve as an opportunity to deepen mutual understandingamong people, to promote theinteraction of people's views on Japanand Russia,as well asto convey the enjoyment of writing and reading haiku.

The organizeralso hopes that it will serve as an opportunity to strengthen and develop the sistercity relationship between Akita andVladiovostok, as well as to promote and increase comprehensive exchanges suchas cultural, economical, medical, agricultural ones between Akita Prefectureand PrimorskyRegion.  

As mentionedin the homepage of Far Eastern FederalUniversity, Akita Prefecture has friendly relations with PrimorskyRegion. In March, 2010, Akita Prefecture and PrimorskyRegion concluded the treaty that there should be more exchanges promoted andincreased between them. This treaty reminds Hiruta of those fruitful exchangesthe ancient people had by way of the northern sea route from the 8thcentury till the 10th century. Japan is said to have started tradingwith Balhae渤海) byship in those days.


Organizer: AkitaInternational Haiku Network

Sponsor: JAL Foundation

Supporters: Akita Prefecture, Akita International University, Akita Prefectural Boardof Education, Akita Prefectural Artistic and Cultural Association, AkitaInternational Association, Akita City, Akita City Board of Education,

The Akita Sakigake Shimpo, Akita Branch of Ten’i(Providence) Haiku Group, Akita Khorosho Club, Akita Vladivo Club, HaikuInternational Association, Japan Center in Vladivostok, Far Eastern FederalUniversity, Yosano Akiko Memorial Literary Association, KYODO NEWS VladivostokuBureau

Theme: Umi ( the sea
One of the most popular haiku related to the sea was written by MatsuoBasho in 1689 . Basho’s haiku is found in his travel diary Oku no Hosomichi ( The NarrowRoad to Oku).

荒海や佐渡によこたふ天河 芭蕉
Araumi ya  sado ni yokotau  amanogawa

Turbulent the sea -
Across to Sado stretches
The Milky Way Basho

Translated by Donald Keene(ドナルド・キーン:鬼怒鳴門)

Original, previously unpublished haiku referring to some aspect of the seashould be submitted according to the entry form. Japanese haiku poets shouldwrite haiku following traditonal styles in the Japanese language, having seasonwords. And they have to add its Russian and English traslations.  

Russian haiku poets should keep in mind thathaiku is considered to be the shortest poem in the world, and submit haiku witha length of three lines in the Russian language. Season words are not essential.And they have to add its Japanese and English translations.

Limited number of entries: Only one haiku may be submitted perhaikuist.

The contest is open to the public of nationals of Japan or Russiawho are currently residing in Japanor Russia.

Please download the entry form (Word file) and submitit by email to: shhiruta@nifty.com

Submission period: Saturday May 5, 2012  -  Friday May 25, 2012

Deadline: Friday May 25, 2012

Hidenori Hiruta, Secretary-General of AkitaInternational Haiku Network, and also a member of Haiku InternationalAssociation
Alexander Dolin, Professor at Akita International University
Kunio Teshima, Professor at Akita National College of Technology
Kazuhiro Kudo, Teacher at Akita National College of Technology
Okiaki Ishida, Chief Editor of Haisei (Haiku Stars)
Yoshitomo Igarashi, a dojin of a haiku group : Ten’I (Providence) led by Dr.Akito Arima
Kyoko Uchimura, a dojin of a haiku group : Ten’I (Providence) by Dr. AkitoArima, and also a member of Haiku International Association
Reina Yano, a dojin of two haiku groups : Tamamo led byMs. Tsubaki Hoshino and
Ten’I (Providence) by Dr. AkitoArima

A winnerwill be notified by email and announced on the website of Akita InternationalHaiku Network, on Friday, June 29, 2012.  The winner will be offered a round-trip to Akita City, Akita, which is called “The Land of Poetry” in Akita Prefecturalsong, in Northern Honshu, Japan from VladivostokAirport and a stay in a hot springhotel there if he or she lives in Russia. The winner is supposed toattend Japan-Russia haiku meeting held in Akita City,on Saturday, Sepetember 22, 2012.  And ifthe winner resides in Japan,a round -trip ticket to Vladivostok City of Russiafrom Narita Airport and a stay in a hotel there willbe offered. The winner is supposed to attend Japan-Russia haiku meeting held inVladivostok City,the site of APEC Summit 2012 in Russia,on Saturday, September 29, 2012.  Furtherinformation will be notified directly from the organizer to the winner.

Grand prize a winner gets is called “The Rogetsu Sanjin International Award”.  Rogetsu Sanjin is anotherpen name of Ishii Rogetsu ( 石井露月 ), one of the great haiku poets inJapan Akita ever produced. Rogetsu is a pen name, whosereal name is Ishii Yuji (1873 - 1928). This haiku contest is held partlybecause of celebrating the 140th anniverasay of Ishii Rogetsu’sbirth.

JAL FoundationAward ispresented to two winners by the JAL Foundation. Honorble mentions are also presented to six winners by Akita Prefecturegovernor, Akita Citymayor, superintendent of Akita City board of education.

Each winner ispresented with Haiku By World Childrenedited by the JAL Foundation as anaward.

*The contest winner will be notified by email from the organizer and begiven further details of the round-trip prize. Please note that the winner mayhave to cover some of the travelling costs.

Russian Version

12 марта, 2012,


Information of the "Haiku on the Japan Earthquake 3.11.2011" was published

Edited by Toshio Kimura, director of Haiku International Association"Memories in Blue" has been published. Please read all means - "Haiku on the Japan Earthquake 3.11.2011" in it.

Information of the "2nd Vladimir Devide Haiku Award - Open Haiku Competition"

Vladimir Devide (1925-2010) : a Japanologist and haiku poet of Croatia.

[As for the details,see http://librasia.iafor.org/haiku.html]

The language of the competition is English.

We ask that you submit only one haiku.

The judges will consider each poem on its individual merits, and make no distinction between traditional and modern haiku.

We ask that the haiku you submit not be already published or in circulation.

Please send your submission by email to librasia@iafor.org with 'Haiku competition' in the subject heading. Please remember to include your name, address and contact details.

All entries must be received by the deadline of March 1, 2012.

The jury will be headed by His Excellency Dr Drago Stambuk, Croatian Ambassador to Brazil, and noted poet.

Information of the "12th World Children's Haiku Contest" holding

Originating from Japan, Haiku is the shortest form of poetry in the world. In a short descriptive verse, it captures a moment in the poet’s life, or simply expresses the beauty of nature. Haiku is now enjoyed in many countries around the world. 

JAL Foundation biennially organize 'World Children’s Haiku Contest', and we are happy to announce that the 12th contest is to be held this year. All winning haiku will be collected and published next year as an anthology titled Haiku By World Children.

12th World Children's Haiku Contest

Haiku is ‘a way of life’ for poet Lenard D. Moore

Columbia, SC: As an award-winning poet drawn to formal structures, Lenard D. Moorewrites in more than thirty poetic forms, from bop, free verse, and kwansaba tosestina, triolet, and villanelle. But the form he favors most is haiku. Perhapsit is the challenge of working with only three lines totaling seventeensyllables. Perhaps it is because he sees haiku as “a way of life.” It is one he enjoys sharing:Moore, who is the first African American as well as the first Southerner tobecome president of the Haiku Society of America, will lead a workshop onwriting haiku at “Bookin’ It OnMain: A Celebration of Black Writers.”

Though haikuis a Japanese form whose history goes back hundreds of years, it is alsopopular among American poets, who, Moore said, “appreciate howhaiku depicts what is happening now, how it includes a contrast of two unlikethings and how the reader must participate in the experience of it.”

Moore, whoteaches at Mount OliveCollege in North Carolina, has been writing andpublishing haiku for almost thirty years. Many appear in his own books “The Open Eye” and “DesertStorm, A Brief History.” In addition, he has severalbooks of longer poems, including “A Temple Looming” and “Forever Home.”His work also has been included in more than fifty anthologies, including KwameDawes' about-to-be-released "Home Is Where." Among Moore's many honors, he is a three-timewinner of the Haiku Museum of Tokyo Award. “I am drawnto the precision of imagery and the conciseness of language in haiku,” he said. “I also like the oneness ofexistence with the natural world.”

There is moreto haiku than format. A traditional haiku also includes a “kigo” ‐words or a word describing aparticular season‐ that Moore said “contributes to the deepening of a haiku.”Nonetheless, Moore added, “I think there is room forexperimentation in haiku, though it is important to understand the haikuguidelines and know how they work. When I teach a haiku workshop, I start withthe haiku guidelines and discuss how they work to help the poet write effectivehaiku.”

book in“Bookin’ It On Main” will take place on Saturday,November 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in and around the Columbia Museumof Art. The event will include free readings by sixteen poets, most of whomhave poems included in Kwame Dawes’ new anthology, “Home Is Where,” along with ten writingworkshops, live music, book signings, a vendor area, and for younger children,an all-day BYOB ‐ Bring Your Own Book ‐ during which children who bring in a picture book can have it readaloud to them. Workshop registration is under way at http://bookinitonmain.eventbrite.com/. Forinformation on “Bookin’ It OnMain,” please visit http://lingolit.wordpress.com/bookin-it-on-main orcontact bookin.it.on.main@gmail.com.


Fujisan Haiku

Since ancient times, Fujisan(Mt Fuji) has been a sacred mountain and the source of artistic inspiration. Keeping in mind this unique cultural value of Fujisan, we are aiming for Fujisan to be inscribed as a World Cultural Heritage Site.

This time, our goal is to create an opportunity for people from home and abroad to reflect anew upon this value of Fujisan. Drawing inspiration from famous haiku writers Basho and Buson, the theme is on Fujisan, and to be composed in haiku for the "Fujisan Haiku."

Topic Fujisan (Mt Fuji)
Application Category International Section (for haiku composed in English or French)
Toru Haga, an internationally renowned expert on comparative literature, will judge the International Section entries.
Application period November 22nd, 2011 - January 20th, 2012
Announcement of Results February 23rd, 2012
Sponsor Yamanashi Council for the Promotion of Mt. Fuji's Inscription as a World Heritage Site
In cooperation with Shizuoka Prefecture and the Haiku International Association.
 Call for entries for Fujisan Haiku(Haiku on Mt Fuji)competition   (English)
Appel de candidatures pour le concours Fujisan Haiku(Haiku sur Mt Fuji) (French)

The Kikakuza International Haibun Contest will have to be terminated with the publication of the booklet containing the decorated works from the past three years. Judges, Nobuyuki Yuasa and Stephen Henry Gill, however, have decided to continue under the title of the Genjuan International Haibun Contest.

Genjuan Genjuan is the name of the cottage near Lake Biwa where Basho lived for a time in 1690. It was probably the happiest period of his life, and it was there that he wrote his most famous short haibun.

The purpose of the Contest will remain the same as before, and there will be little change to the guidelines. We wish to encourage the writing of fine haibun and maintain the connection between the traditional Japanese perception of haibun and what is evolving around the world. The judges are hoping that the Contest will continue to receive a warm response from all the haibun writers of the world.

The award for the Grand Prix will remain the same - a good replica of a Hokusai ukiyo-e print - and smaller gifts will be sent to the An (Cottage) Prize-winners. The An Prizes replace the Za Prizes of last year. The writers of all the decorated works will receive a certificate of merit. We sincerely look forward to your participation.

Guidelines for 2012

1. Subject : Free.
2. Style : No restrictions, but special attention must be paid tohonour the spirit of haikai.
3. Length : In total, not more than 30 lines with 80 spaces ineach line on a single sheet of A4-size paper.
4. Haiku : At least one haiku should be included.
5. Format : Print on one sheet of A4-size paper and write at thebottom your name and your pen name, if you have one, together with youraddress, telephone number, and email address. Your privacy will be strictlyprotected, and the judges will not see your names until the result has beendecided.
6. Deadline :

All entries should reach the followingaddress by 31 January 2012. Entries received after this date will not be accepted. Please send your entries to: Ms. Motoko Yoshioka, Regalia 907, 7-32-44Fujimi-cho, Tachikawa-shi, Tokyo 190-0013, Japan. Please avoid sending by express, and using extra- large envelopes. Please write yourhome address on your envelope, too.

7. Entry Fee : None.
8. Restrictions : Entrants can send up to three entries. They should beunpublished. As we cannot return your entries after screening, pleaseretain your own copies.
9. Questions : All queries should be sent to the address above.
10. Special Request : The authors of the decorated works will later berequested to send us their works by email. In this, we expect your cooperation.
11. Results : The results and the judges’ comments will be sent bypost to all the entrants in spring. The certificates of merit and prizes willbe sent to the winners by early summer.
Haiku Consciousness (e-booklet)

E-bookletLibrAsia 2011 Keynote Address by His Excellency Dr Drago Stambuk, Croatian Ambassador to Brazil. With a Foreward by Dr Joseph Haldane, Executive Director of IAFOR.

If you click the picture or URL, you can read the e-booklet (in external site).


Vladimir Devide Haiku Awards 2011

Mina-sama konnichiwa

Dear friends,

I would like to say a few words before beginning my speech.

Dr. Drago Štambuk

It is a great privilege and a solemn pleasure to be back.
I returned from Japan to my home country of Croatia just before Christmas of last year. I have found myself missing this country profoundly ever since.
But that sentiment was nothing compared to what I experienced when the great earthquake hit Japan: I became ill. It was my inability to be here that made me unwell, the inability to share with people I love and respect the burden of these terrible times. I felt guilty for not being among them, for not sharing their pain and suffering.
In the past few weeks, it has dawned on me that my emotional reaction was due to the same sense of unjust privilege and exemption felt by all survivors of great disasters. A feeling of deep shame and culpability for having been absent at a time of great need—for having been on safe ground, in the faraway country of Croatia.
It is thus with mingled pleasure and grief that I return to Japan now, conveying the great sorrow that I and my countrymen feel at the tragedy which has befallen this beloved country, as well as our enduring respect for the dignity and humanity with which it is being borne.

Let me now proceed to the opening speech for this joint session of the Asian Conference on Literature & Librarianship and The Asian Conference on Arts & Humanities:

Haiku Consciousness, a Homecoming

The images beamed around the world in the aftermath of the March 11th earthquake were nothing short of apocalyptic. For me, they brought to mind, and horribly crystallized, all the calamities with which our earth is presently afflicted: the warming of the planet and drastic climate change, poverty and hunger, pollution and the menace of nuclear disaster, conflicts for dwindling resources and about world supremacy. The population of the earth is threatened beyond words.

Obliviously and obviously, we seem to march down a path of self-destruction that could be symbolically presented in the image of Ouroboros - the snake that eats its own tail. The world, our only world, as an Ouroboros! Isn't our planet, along with mankind which populates it, on the verge of perishing? Yet we must strive to understand the condition of world in this time of looming and catastrophic downfall, to diagnose the disease in time and to prescribe the cure. We must fight with conviction, determination, and the will to survive. The pressing task of our day is the very continuation of human life on this beautiful God-given blue planet. You may think my depiction exceedingly bleak, but for all that, mine is a message of hope: I retain the conviction that mankind is capable of thinking, feeling and acting more harmoniously and responsibly than we do at present.And I want to use the haiku as a way of thinking about an improved humanity.

The haiku is a way of accessing and representing, an agenda for the common good, for the common betterment. By definition, the haiku is brief; even tiny. Yet in three short lines, a vast metaphysical expanse opens up: this is the paradox, the shock and the achievement of the haiku. A minimal amount of text charged with infinite space and time. I call this open space, this arena of metaphysics, the haiku consciousness. It is a way of being in harmony with nature, and with one's own nature. It's a way of connecting between the world inside and the world outside; of joining our own internal light with the exterior illumination. Imagine what it could mean for our world if haiku consciousness and composition could be globalised, could be generalised, universalised.

Haiku acts as a harmonising force on man's relation with nature, with the outside world. Especially in an era where disjuncture between man and nature is so pronounced, we should inculcate the noble concepts of haiku, and disseminate the practice as widely as possible.

To encourage the global practice of haiku, I think it is crucial to set aside strict rules and limitations of prosody that are not crucial to its composition or aesthetic.

the late Dr. Vladimir Devide

When I proposed the creation of a Haiku Award in memory of Professor Vladimir Devide, the pioneer of haiku in Croatia and in the region as a whole, I suggested that modern and traditional haiku should be treated as equals. This is especially crucial for international haiku composition and competition, since not all languages can reflect Japanese syllabic patterns, nor do all climates mirror the four clear seasons which find expression in classical haiku. Insistence on narrow limitations won't give the haiku room to breathe in other languages, climates, cultures. Haiku is something more universal than its mere formal rules: it is a state of mind and an approach to thought, and as such it cannot be confined to a certain amount of syllables or morae.

Let me explain what I think haiku can do for the spirit. I believe that all the great sacred traditions show that consciousness began with only inner light, in a time when humanity was in union with the Supreme Being and Creator. Corruption originated when people began tasting of the earth and of the outer light. The external world is thus the creation of otherness, which by the same token diminished the essence of our creation by diverting us from God and breaking our union with Him. This is the tension that creates the need for a metaphysical resolution.

The haiku woman or man (rather than the poet) is a person who stands inside that chaotic darkness and waits. This is not an idle way of waiting; it is alert, conscious and focused. What do they wait for? They wait for the lightning to strike - that lightning which illuminates the world around them. To look at the world boldly, in the sudden light of haiku consciousness is to commit an act of love and complete understanding. Looking becomes presence - the gift of seeing, in depth, and with the power of discernment. It is a kind of satori beyond the critical mind and devoid of criticism. Compassion permeates this kind of mindfulness and attentiveness. Haiku leads us in the right direction, homewards, in a process of rediscovery and reassimilation of our compelling and inherent universal values.

Our inherent and perpetual longing for our real homeland, for the Golden Age, for union with the divine, is an attempt to counteract the chaotic differentiation which has defined our behaviour from time immemorial. Thus, haiku consciousness is a deceptively modest and indirect way of animating our memory of the long-gone Golden Era. In today's prevailing atmosphere of chaos and disorder, haiku consciousness brings into focus the ambient disruption and cacophony, while highlighting the need for serenity, for the homecoming. We have lost sight of our own nature in the whirl of the day-to-day, in the fog of petty concerns. The quotidian overwhelms the crucial values of our existence; myopic greed and consumerism have put us at odds with our environment, with our only planet.

This is not a new development; from the beginning of the earth, the human ego has created an existential disorder and broken our joint vessel; now it has initiated, brought on the epoch of apocalypses. The haiku is a minute and piecemeal, but inestimable and hopeful corrective. Through it we can inch closer to a reconstruction of the lost harmony between ourselves and nature, ourselves and God. In a world overcrowded with people, objects and concrete, it is through small acts that we can enlarge our metaphysical space, that we expand our capacity for love, charity and compassion, that we must look to our salvation.

There are many words for what we have lost; our Tao, our way, our union with the gods, our fullness, our wholeness, our completeness. There can be no other remedy but a return to older ways of thinking and feeling. Haiku creates a new old completeness of Earth and Heaven, Man and God, visible and invisible. Through it we can train ourselves to regain our old consciousness.

This is my agenda for haiku consciousness; to awaken our metaphysical sensitivity, open our eyes wide, and—in a flash of understanding of all our blind decisions and wrong turns—finally choose the only tenable option, a soothing spiritual path to heal and recuperate, path for which we can use the same name as ancient traditions did - Tao, the Way, Eternal Home. We must learn or relearn how to give love and how to receive love.

Therefore I welcome all of you who are involved in haiku writing, and also all of you who read and cherish haiku and contribute to the forces of good - what I like to call survivalist band. I invite you to join hands in encouraging the globalisation of the forces of good, of everything that I have been trying to underline: the haiku forces of beauty and homecoming. All those of you who through the ancient Japanese traditions of Shintoism and Buddhism understand the meaning and value of jodo - the pure land concept of the sacredness of earth, which views nature as an ally, an inescapable friend and a nurturer of humanity; I repeat the call for you to work towards haiku's regenerative influence on ecology and green thinking, to proselytise the religious love of nature, i.e. its assistance and contribution to our survival.

Therefore: Vivat haiku! - let's live in, of and by haiku consciousness and writing. Let's celebrate its ethical purity, its metaphysical austerity, let's become the priests and followers of religion called poetry.

With the concerted efforts of all who are gathered here today and of our friends elsewhere, let's clear away the corruption and decay, the suffocating materialism, the strangling vines about our spirits, let's scrape the mould from our souls. The values of life, love, peace, compassion and harmony must prevail on our earth; otherwise our existence will be cut short. Anyone who wants to govern mankind and nations must become its servant. Thus, let us all become servants dedicated to serving the good, initiating the change in our own hearts, bringing out the living existence of the great heart, the great soul, the Mahatma of humanity.

I wish to close with an example of linguistic sophistication in Japanese, its stunning capacity to denote, to name the grades and hues of existence. So, for example, in discerning degrees of moisture. There are many, but I'd like to cite one example - SHIMERU, which denotes the grade of moisture in the air, too great for a person to strike a match.

We can use it as an allegory. Against the creeping damp of our world, we must exert our own burning and warming hearts to lessen SHIMERU. That way, we can ignite our matches, make a fire in our hearth again, a fire on which we can warm our hands. We need to return to warmth and compassion. We should be warm to others, so that we can ourselvews feel warm again. We should love to be loved again.

The haiku is a minute and precise, a precious tool in this endeavour. It is a tool of our salvation; therefore I'll finish this presentation by reading in three versions (Japanese, English and Croatian) one of the greatest and exceptionally majestic, perhaps the most spacious, all-encompassing haiku of all times, which prompted my piligrimage to Japanese Sado island in 2009. You already know where this is heading:

Matsuo BASHO

Ara-umi ya
Sado ni yokoto

Stormy sea.
Milky way
reaches Sado island.

Uzburkano more.
Kumovska slama
seže do Sada.

Domo arrigato gozaimashita.

Dr. Drago Štambuk
Osaka, Librasia Conference on Asian Literature
28 May 2011


Vladimir Devide Haiku Awards 2011

Grand Prize

late autumn sun
the field too small to hold
my shadow

Jim Kacian, USA

Runners up

digging up my cat
to bury her

Daniel Gahnertz, Sweden

spring bud
the mother's womb
soon to open

Ernesto P. Santiago, Greece

a ray of sunshine
on its way to darkness -
mole's fur

Nada Jačmenica, Croatia

autumn twilight -
a bit of stone flakes off
& becomes a moth

Timothy Russell, USA

A distant meadow
Hallowed ground of the vanquished
Vultures fill their crops

Jesse Willett, USA

hot tea-pot
on the garden table -
camelias in haze

Tomislav Maretić, Croatia

flowering cherry
in my orchard of one tree
my Yoshino

Willy Cuvelier, Belgium

The Day of the Dead
is celebrated every day -
Ciudad Juarez

Jack Galmitz, USA


president's face -
on the yellowed envelope
one-cent stamp

Krzysztof Kokot, Poland

broken flower-pot
the wounded orchid
goes on blooming

Smiljka Bilankov, Croatia

a bird on the meadow
dies with its song

Malvina Mileta, Croatia

Snow falling -
a gentle blanket
covers Japan's victims

Kate Prendergast, Australia

weeping willow
each branch weeping
in its own way

Nada Zidar-Bogadi, Croatia

funeral cortege
wedding procession

Tanja Cilia, Malta

late autumn
fountain spurts are meeting
the first snowflakes

Željko Funda, Croatia

airport carousel
a butterfly arrived
riding a suitcase

William Hart, USA

after the wedding
white butterfly clinging
to the ivy

Anthony Kudryavitsky, Ireland

I put down the axe
A turtledove is cooing
from a barren fig tree

Borivoje Sekulić, Serbia

Founder & Selector: Drago Štambuk, Croatia

Number of Entries: 166, from 29 countries (the highest from Croatia: 57;35%)

Organizer: IAFOR, LibrAsia (1st Conference on Asian Literature), Osaka, Japan, May 28, 2011.

Vladimir Devide Haiku Award is for haiku regardless of being traditional or modern; it transcends haiku divisions and is based only on literary merit.

Annoncement of the Awards and reading of the winning haiku by Dr Drago Štambuk at Librasia, May 28, 2011.

Kikakuza '11 Winning Haibun

Japan's first and only international haibun contest, the Kikakuza, has just published the four English prize-winning entries in this year's competition - two American, one each from Bhutan and South Africa.
To read them, please visit

Click the word 'Icebox' (at top) to return to the top page and view the complete results.

Judges: Nobuyuki Yuasa and Stephen Henry Gill.

Haiku and the Japan's earthquake

Japan earthquake: Haiku poets capture Japan's disaster's pain in 17 syllables
Japan's earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis have inspired many to turn to the time-honored tradition of haiku poetry.
March 26, 2011, by Julie Makinen, Los Angeles Times

About the nuclear power plant
too much detail I hear
such unhappiness

First the ground shook, then the sea swallowed the land. Fires raged, lights went out, invisible menaces seeped into the air, the water, the soil. Tears flowed and headlines blared tales of tragedy, sorrow and fear. All the words in the world, perhaps, could not capture the enormity of it all.

Amid the cacophony of news bulletins and tweets and cellphone alerts registering yet another aftershock, Yoshikatsu Kurota quietly sent out his brief verse. It was published Thursday, in small type, on Page 14 of the mass-circulation Asahi daily, in the corner that Japan's newspapers still devote to such poetic endeavors.

Tossed like a pebble into a lake, it made not a splash but a gentle ripple. Seventeen syllables, radiating out into the universe, perhaps touching a few other distressed souls adrift in the chaos.

Mere trifle to some, a quintessence of Japan to others, maligned and beloved, the haiku endures.

In these heartsick times, aficionados of the form both here and abroad have been stirred to put brush to scroll, pen to postcard, fingers to keyboard, meshing the ancient and the modern, the sublime and the horrific.

"It's safe, but"
they say over and over
that's worrisome

Tadashi Nishimura's lament (which, like most here, were written in Japanese and have been translated from the original 17 syllables) appeared alongside Kurota's in the pages of the Asahi. The poem distills his anxiety about officials' frequent reassurances that all is fine - even as they warn day in and out about vegetables, milk and water contaminated by radiation from the stricken nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture.

The two men's compositions are technically senryuu, which follow the same syllabic rules as haiku but are typically more social commentary than, say, musings on natural phenomena such as the ephemeral beauty of a cherry blossom. In a culture that can seem unacquainted with sarcasm, senryuu can range from mildly chiding to strikingly acerbic.

Kunio Kataoka's submission registered his scorn for a Japanese bank whose ATM network was hobbled for days after the quake, making it difficult for victims to get much-needed cash.

We earnestly make donations
but the bank says
don't use our system

Though the march of modernity has perhaps shrunk the number of regular haikuists in Japan, it has also expanded their options for airing the verses - besides the newspaper, there are a multitude of haiku blogs, and Twitter has become a popular forum for the pint-size poems. Still, there is a loyal following for haiku magazines such as Hototogisu, which dates to the late 1800s and whose title means "cuckoo."

Yasuharu You, 78, a Buddhist monk from the Shin sect who leads Kyoto's Higashi Hongan Temple, has been composing haiku since he was in high school.

When a large earthquake rocked his native Niigata in October 2004, he dove under a futon as furniture and light fixtures crashed down around him. Driven out into the frigid night, beset by unease, the haiku came to him:

It's cold and wet
camping outdoors
aftershocks multiplying the misery

The poem spread, and residents' response to it was so powerful that the haiku was eventually carved onto a memorial stone in the city.

In the wake of this month's tragedy, You composed something of a follow-up to his 2004 sensation, which Hototogisu accepted for its latest issue.

Day of disaster
I can never forget
the cold and wet

"The poet Takahama Kyoshi said haiku should be a record of daily life," You explained. "It is not just for enjoyment; recording the tragedy of the earthquake in verse is also important."

Haiku has among its devotees not only men of letters but men of science, some of them experts in the fields that have wreaked such havoc on Japan in recent days. The head of the Tokyo-based Haiku International Assn., Akito Arima, is a nuclear physicist who served as president of Tokyo University, the nation's most prestigious institute of higher education. Former Kyoto University President Kazuo Oike, a seismologist, is another practitioner.

"I am a scientist by vocation, and so looking at nature with this eye can bring new meaning" to poetry, Oike wrote in an email. Though he said he planned to bide his time before composing a new haiku, in the past two decades he often has been inspired by nature's fury.

The big tsunami
scattering as far as here
a cloud of seabirds

Boats cars
houses and people in the flow
western wind

David McMurray, a professor at the International University of Kagoshima who edits the Asahi newspaper's biweekly English poetry feature, Asahi Haikuist Network has been sorting through submissions for his April 1 edition.

In normal times, he gets about 100 contributions a day, via email, fax and even old-fashioned post. This month's tragedy, however, has brought him a wealth of new voices.

"People write about death, love, war, anything that's very important," said McMurray, a Canadian. "Poetry is for catharsis, right?"

Some contributors, McMurray said, include short explanations of their compositions.

Raj Bose of Honolulu had to wait three days to get word that his son in Japan was safe. At last, a brief message came to his inbox.

"Daddy I'm fine"
time stopping and restarting
email from Tokyo

A contributor from Los Angeles, Stephen J. DeGuire, paid homage to Matsuo Basho, a 17th century haiku virtuoso whose masterwork, "The Narrow Road to the Deep North," was inspired by his treks in the area ravaged by the March 11 disaster.

Basho's road
throughout Tohoku
hope remains

Typically, a haiku will include a special word or phrase, called a kigo, that signals what season the poem is about. One such phrase is "spring sea," which this year poets are appropriating to signify the tsunami.

A regular contributor, who goes by the pen name Murasaki Sagano, wrote McMurray to say her mother had died five days after the tsunami.

Mother's pain
into the spring sea
her last sleep

Information of Haiku Workshop
Haiku in English Part 8
This will be the eighth in our popular series about writing Haiku in English by Ms. Emiko Miyashita.First timers to Haiku in English as well as those who have already attended prior sessions will be stimulated by this creative and thought-provoking art!!Join us for the fun!It's a great chance to study together.
Date: Thursday, 10th March, 2011    7.00-8.30pm
Place: Seminar Room 401, International House
(Kokusai Bunka Kaikan)
11-16, Roppongi 5-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo (MAP)
Admission: 1,000en ESUJ members (no charge for special members and student members)
2,000en for non-members  500 en Student
To attend: Please inform the ESUJ office in advance.
Click HERE!
Before the meeting, write a haiku on either one of the following two topics or anything you would like. Topics: 1) hazy moon, 2) butterfly
Copy it on a postcard and send it to: ESUJ "Haiku in English"
Fujikage-Bldg. 9th Floor, Motoakasaka 1-1-5 Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0051.
Deadline: February 28 (Mon.)
Don't forget to include your name!
At our meeting on March 10, Miyashita-sensei will evaluate the submissions without mentioning the names of the writers.After this, she will instruct us in how to write great haiku.We will also have a free writing session, if time permitting.
Lecturer : Emiko Miyashita, a dojin or leading member of the Ten'i haiku group led by Dr. Akito Arima, is writing traditional Japanese haiku with 5-7-5 on and a kigo or seasonal word. She is a member of the Association of Haiku Poets and the International Haiku Association. She also writes haiku in English and is a member of Haiku Canada. Since 1999, she has been translating Japanese haiku into English with her translation partner, Lee Gurga, the editor of Modern Haiku (USA). Their books include Love Haiku: Masajo Suzuki's Lifetime of Love, Einstein's Century: Akito Arima's Haiku. She also translated three books in a series from P.I.E. Books, Haiku, Wagashi, and Noh. Her books are The New Pond: An English-language Haiku Anthology, Tachimachi: Emiko's haiku collection, and a mime's perpendicular pause: Emiko's haiku chapbook. Her latest translation is Hyakunin Isshu (P.I.E.Books).
New book by Stephen Gill, a haiku poet in Kyoto

100 Poets on Mount Ogura, 1 Poem Each book has sold so well in the past few months, Hailstone Haiku Circle was able, just recently, to give our publication partners, People Together for Mt. Ogura, the first 80,000 yen of project profit! PTO needs to build up a healthy balance in order to do a better job of nature conservation and environmental education on Mount Ogura (here in Kyoto).

Copies of the book can still be ordered as infomaiton belows.


Mail orders in Japan:
Mari Kawaguchi, 6-62C-907 Senriyama Nishi, Suita-shi,
Osaka 〒565-0851 (tel/fax 06-6821-6074).
Use genkin-kakitome(envelope for cash available from PO).
1 copy ¥1,690
2 copies ¥2,840
3 copies ¥4,140
4 copies ¥4,950 (includes postage and packing).
Put a note inside with your name and address.

Overseas orders:
Hisashi Miyazaki, 54-16 Hamuro-cho, Takatsuki-shi,
Osaka 〒569-1147, Japan.
Please use cash US $ (or equivalent €, £ or ¥), well-wrapped.
1 copy $15
2 copies $32
3 copies $49
4 copies $64 (incl. postage and packing).


On February 7th, I am broadcasting a new 15' radio essay (including old and new haiku/tanka) about this mountain on BBC Radio Three. Details are as given below, if you are interested.

Stephen (Tito)
(UK meantime) Mon. Feb. 7th 23:00-23:15 - BBC Radio Three programme - Meanings of Mountains: part 1) Mount Ogura. S.G. presents the past and present of the mountain that was the subject of Hailstone's last book. It will feature haiku and tanka by Tsurayuki, Saigyo, Teika, Basho, Shugyo Takaha, Nobuyuki Yuasa, John Dougill, Sachi Amano, and Tito. You can listen online here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00y6hwp It will be available to listen to at the BBC site for at least one week after live broadcast. Please enjoy it if you can spare 15 minutes.
Ms.Liette Janelle(Shinjyu) from Canada won the first place of Mainichi Haiku Contest

Rocher percé
Où passent toutes pensées
Assis dans l'eau froide

Pierced rock
Where all thoughts pass
Sitting in the cold water


For the 14th Annual Mainich Haiku Contest. Lette Jannelle of Canada won the first place in the international category. Her winning haiku in French is above.
Translation in English and Japanese by the judge Mr. Toru Haga.

Liette Janelle was born in Montreal and lives in Boucherville, Quebec. Belonging to Haiku Canada, French Haiku group "Gong", International Haiku Association of Japan and Tanka Canada “Gusts”, Liette has been composing haiku for nearly 7 years.  It is regretful that she is unable to attend the award ceremony but as an unexpected result the opportunity to be connected with Japan is happy and appreciated.  She is very fond of the highly refined culture of Japan.

Kimiko HORNE