Seisaku Chiba(千葉星作), a member of Akita Association of English Studies (AAES)(秋田英語英文学会), kindly contributed haiku by students at Odate Homei Senior High School (大館鳳鳴高校)in Akita, Northern Japan to our network.

Mr. Chiba taught the students about haiku in English for two years from 1990 till 1991.

Here is a photo of the school.



MAITA, Junko


it is still early          

to put on summer wear   

a delight in light          





SATOH, Motoko


back home these days

leaves grow greener    

summer is here





AIHARA, Tomomi


acid rain is your tears

why don’t  you stop crying?  

for you, for your earth







what a nice feeling!

on large plains    

empty space







sunshine warms

the earth with her soft touch   

I wish my heart was warm as well





KASUGA, Tomokazu


on the field

I gaze at the clouds     

my mind is small





ITOH, Kazumi


in winter, a dream—

the sweet smell of blossoms—  

now that season is here!






YABUTA, Yasuhiro


everyone takes a trip

on a strange world alone   

now is the time





ITOH, Reiko


I’m looking forward to

the summer’s beat    

everything is dancing


待ち遠し 夏の鼓動や 万物の



KAGAYA, Hajime


rain falls in drops

like tears streaming down  

cry on dear Earth







on a moonlit night

I open the window,      

soaked in gentler sunbeams





YOSHIDA, Shigeyuki


existence in the dark

I was numbed with cold   

I saw a sunflower







cherry blossoms have fallen

summer is in the wind   

my hair streaming







I hear a frog’s voice

in the still of night     

I listen here, studying





Secondly, I refer to Mr. Seisaku Chiba’s career of haiku composing a little.




Career of haiku composing:

“Fuyuki Kisaragi Shiika-shu, a collection of Japanese poetry (short poems and haiku)”, (private edition in Japanese, 1981)

“Haiku and Peace Messages in January, 1990”, (private edition in English, 1990, with some students of Odate Homei Senior High School)

俳句HAIKU IN JULY, 1991”, (private edition in English and Japanese, 1991, with some students of Odate Homei Senior High School)

“Anthology of Haiku”, (private edition in English and Japanese, 1993–1994, with some students of Kakunodate Senior High School)


1981年 「冬樹如月詞華集」(詩、短歌、俳句を収録)〔弘前大学卒業時に私家版として発刊、友人・知人・教育実習した中学校の受け持ちクラスの中学生などに配布して現在は在庫なし。辛うじて原版はあり。〕

1990,1991年 大館鳳鳴高校にて、生徒と一緒に合作(英語版)〔私家版あり〕

1993,1994年 角館高校にて、生徒と一緒に合作(日本語・英語版)〔私家版あり〕

2003年 New Zealand文科省2ヶ月研修にて、個人として(英語版)〔先日両面印刷したものです〕


Last of all, I present Mr. Chiba’s  haiku contributed to New Year’s Haiku Festival by our network.

                  sitting straight                      

foreign students              

dance in winter





a black bullet

Ponta my late cat             

in the snow




 I sincerely hope that you will enjoy haiku by some students in the English classes at senior high school.

The next posting ‘Haiku World by Sasa Vazic in Serbia’ appears on March 5.

Hidenori Hiruta


Patricia Lidia in Romania kindly contributed New Year’s card and her haiku to International Haiku New Year’s Festival 2011.




fairytales                     おとぎ話を聞く 

in front of the stove –        ストーブの前で 

childhood memories        子供の頃の思い出



on a rabbit’s back          兎の背に乗って

hopping in New Year –       新年に跳んでいる

new resolutions            新しい抱負が 



Patricia Lidia has her haiku blog, in which she kindly translated my haiku into Romanian: .


Haiku scrise de Hidenori Hiruta (蛭田秀法)
Haiku written by Hidenori Hiruta(蛭田秀法)

Haiku despre iarna/Haiku about winter

Haiku despre iarnă / Winter Haiku

La poalele muntelui Taihei, Akita/At the foot of Mt. Taihei, Akita



The winter sun
breaks ―
Mt. Taihei


Soarele iernii
se sfărâmă în bucăţi –
Muntele Taihei





The old bear
dreams of eternity
a bamboo grove


Ursul cel bătrân
dumbrăvi de bambus




In the snow
too cold for the lute
into silence


În zăpadă e
prea frig pentru lăuta
ce stă tăcută




Here are some of Patricia Lidia’s latest works with some of photos, inspired by her birth city:


at vespers –            

crooked crosses on the hill,    

bird nests             







heavy hat
on grandparents’ house –
frozen snow








shooting star
searching through the snowdrifts,
only fireworks








beggar’s palm
full of leaves







yawning in class –
playing hopscotch on the pavement
only the chestnuts








cold drops of rain –
among boats and rubbish,
the last lily







insomnia again –
neighbor singing all the time
the same song







lonely neighbor
old songs on harpsichord
and the rain


孤独な隣人 ―




hail falling
through the old roof –
lights and shadows







a cup of tea
and an open book –
stars at the window





I sincerely hope that you will stay and have a good time in the beauties and wonders of Patricia Lidia’s haiku world.


The next posting ‘Haiku by Students at Odate Homei High School(大館鳳鳴高校)in Akita, Northern Japan’  appears on February 26.


Hidenori Hiruta




Thanks to Mr. Michael Dylan Welch, I accepted the official press release announcing the HNA 2011 conference.




Haiku North America 2011 – Seattle, Washington 


Save the date! Haiku North America 2011 will be held August 3 to 7, 2011, in Seattle, Washington.


Members of the Haiku Northwest group have generously offered to host the 2011 conference and they have many exciting plans already in the works, including a harbor cruise.


The conference itself will be held at the Seattle Center, at the foot of the Space Needle, providing easy access to haiku writing and walking opportunities such as Pike Place Market (via the monorail), the Olympic Sculpture Park, the Experience Music Project rock-and-roll museum and Science Fiction Museum, and countless other attractions—including fleet week and the Seafair festival, with the Blue Angels performing overhead.


The conference theme will be “Fifty Years of Haiku,” celebrating the past, present, and future of haiku in North America.


The deadline for proposals has been extended to February 28, 2011 (, but sooner is better. Proposals do not have to fit the theme.


If you’ve already submitted a proposal, please confirm with Michael Dylan Welch at that you can come to Seattle on the new dates.


Speakers already include Cor van den Heuvel, Richard Gilbert, David Lanoue, Carlos Colón, Fay Aoyagi, Jim Kacian, Emiko Miyashita, George Swede, and many others.


Detailed information on registration, lodging, and the conference schedule will be available in March.


For further information as it becomes available, please visit And check out the new HNA blog at


See you in Seattle!


Garry Gay, Paul Miller, Michael Dylan Welch

Haiku North America


The official press release translated into Japanese by Hidenori Hiruta is as follows:


俳句北アメリカ 2011年 シアトル、ワシントン 





























― Hidenori Hiruta








Dr. Akito Arima 有馬朗人is President of the Haiku International Association (HIA)国際俳句交流協会(, a nonprofit organization aimed at promoting haiku globally.

Dr. Arima also leads the haiku group Ten’I (Providence)天為(




looking for

something lost ―       

wearing a winter cap




This haiku is Dr. Arima’s masterpiece, which was presented to the audience at the international symposium titled Haiku Worldwide – Present and Future.

The symposium was given for the celebration of the 20th anniversary of HIA on November 28, 2009 in Tokyo, informing the audience of the states of haiku in foreign countries.

The symposium became the really special forum as the audience reconsidered what haiku means to them and found a new significance of international haiku

And at last the audience realized the dawn of the new twenty-first century haiku.

In the greeting of HIA homepage, President Akito Arima says as follows:

“The Haiku International Association was established in December 1989 in order to respond to haiku’s worldwide popularity and to promote friendship and exchanges with haiku lovers overseas. Since then, our association has been continuing its activities, concentrating on the introduction of haiku culture, exchanges with international societies and the publication of a magazine.

In today’s world, political, economic and cultural walls are coming down everywhere. The world’s people have joined hands in this. Now they must mutually remove certain walls in their hearts. I am convinced that the mutual understanding derived from the love that different peoples have for haiku will prove very helpful towards the attainment of this goal.

On July 01, 2002, the Haiku International Association has opened its home page. It is my heartfelt wish that the internet will lead to increased exchanges and friendship between haiku lovers overseas and that it will provide a gateway to haiku for those of the general public with an interest in haiku.”


The following is the Japanese translations of Dr. Arima’s greeting.


The other day Ms. Hana Fujimoto (藤本はな, a leading staff at HIA, sent me the following mail, telling me about the news of haiku festival and haiku conference:

 蛭田 秀法様


さきほど、カリフォルニア州のukiahaiku の資料を転送させていただきました。ご興味があればどうぞよろしくお願い致します。今年は夏に、ワシントン州でHaiku North Americaの会議があり、また、ヨーロッパでは、若い俳人大高翔さんの俳句塾を予定しています。


国際俳句交流協会 事務局 藤本 はな


—– Original Message —–

From: Roberta Werdinger

To: ; Haiku International Association

Sent: Saturday, January 01, 2011 9:20 AM

Subject: 9th annual UkiaHaiku competition – 2nd reminder


Dear friends,
The 9th annual ukiaHaiku writing competition is underway. Attached and below are reminder notices for the Jane Reichhold International Prize. Please make this information available to your community. And please consider posting a link to our festival website,, on your own. 
Many thanks, and happy new year… 
For the Ukia Haiku Festival and Ukiah Poet Laureates Committee. 

Roberta Werdinger 

Writer, Publicist, Editor



ukiaHaiku festival and competition listing 

Ukiah is a northern California town whose name, backwards, spells “haiku.” In 2011 the City of Ukiah will hold its ninth annual competition and festival. 

The competition encourages local, national, and international submissions to the Jane Reichhold International Prize category.

Website Address:                    

Fee:                                             $5 for up to three haiku

Limit:                                           Maximum 3 haiku per person

                                       (only 1 haiku/person/category may win an award)

Eligibility:                                            Age 19 and over

Start date for submissions:              Saturday, January 1, 2011

Postmark Deadline                            Friday, March 18, 2011

Festival Ceremony                  Sunday, May 1, 2011 (announcement of winners)

Submission Guidelines 

If submitting via the online form:
1) On or after January 1, 2011, go to, click on “submit your haiku” and then “the online form.” Follow instructions on the form.

2) If our PayPal payment form is live by then, you can send your payment electronically. Otherwise, send the fee (US check or international money order) by snail mail to ukiaHaiku festival, PO Box 865, Ukiah, CA 95482. Clearly indicate the author’s name of the haiku submission for which the payment is intended.

If submitting via snail mail:
 1) On or after January 1, 2011, go to, click on “submit your haiku” and then “the printed form (pdf)”; download the form. Follow instructions on the form. Mail along with your fee.

Deadline: Friday, March 11, 2011 (postmark or email date)

Judging: Jane Reichhold will judge the Jane Reichhold International Prize category. 

Awards: $100 first place, $50 second place, $25 third place, plus a small booklet of winning poems and publication in that booklet.

Festival and Awards Ceremony: Sunday, May 1, 2011, 2 p.m. Winners are strongly encouraged to attend the festival to read their poems (winners will be contacted in advance of the festival date). Out-of-towners might consider visiting the many world-class tourist destinations surrounding Ukiah–inland wine country and redwood forests, or the Mendocino Coast (a 1-1/2 hour drive from Ukiah) before or after the festival.


In her mail Ms. Hana Fujimoto referred to HNA 2011 conference, about which Mr. Michael Rehling (マイケル・レーリング),  founder of Haiku Michigan, also did in the following message through the Facebook page: 


Haiku North America!!! Same great meeting, new location!!


Michael Rehlingさん24 8:22 返信報告

It’s confirmed! HNA will now be held August 3-7, 2011 in Seattle, Washington, at Seattle Center, by the Space Needle. Details? Visit the HNA Facebook page or The Blue Angels will even be performing overhead for Seafair festival the same weekend! We’ll visit Pike Place Market via monorail, and take a harbor cruise on Sunday. Great speakers are already lined up too! Can you join us?
Haiku North America


Visiting the homepage of Haiku North America, to my great nice surprise, I found photos of some haiku friends of mine.

I would like to show you a few photos of them and their haiku here.




Ms. Emiko Miyashita宮下恵美子, a leading staff of HIA and a dojin, a leading member of haiku group Ten’I (Providence)天為led by Dr. Akito Arima, contributed her haiku to New Year’s Haiku Festival by Akita International Haiku Network.

And Ms. Miyashita is going to visit India to give haiku teaching and haiku recitation at Tagore Hall for the students at Tagore University in the end of February.


 the first page
                       of my diary
  already Saturday



 from deep inside
 my down-filled pillow
                            the first caw                    



Here is another photo of my haiku friends.




Ms. Fay Aoyagi (青柳飛) is a member of Haiku Society of America, Haiku Poets of Northern California ( and a dojin of two Japanese haiku groups: Ten’I (Providence) led by Dr. Akito Arima and Aki (Autumn) led by Mr. Masami Sanuka.  

Ms. Aoyagi also contributed her haiku to our New Year’s Haiku Festival.


New Year’s Day

              a rabbit arrives in the ship       

from the Moon Palace




New Year’s Day mirror

                 learning how to smile         

from a potbelly Buddha




Mr. Michael Dylan Welchマイケル・ディラン・ウエルチ is in the photo above with Ms. Fay Aoyagi.

Mr. Welch has written haiku since 1976. He’s a longtime vice president of the Haiku Society of America, cofounded Haiku North America in 1991 and the American Haiku Archives in 1996, and founded the Tanka Society of America in 2000.

Mr. Welch also contributed his haiku to our New Year’s Haiku Festival.


first dream–

                           the way home                

perfectly clear




New Year’s Day–

                 the phone ringing in time        

with the temple bell




HNA says in the homepage as follows:


The conference theme will be “Fifty Years of Haiku,” celebrating the past, present, and future of haiku in North America. The deadline for proposals has been extended to February 28, 2011 (, but sooner is better. Proposals do not have to fit the theme. If you’ve already submitted a proposal, please confirm with Michael Dylan Welch at that you can come to Seattle on the new dates. Speakers already include Cor van den Heuvel, Richard Gilbert, David Lanoue, Carlos Colón, Fay Aoyagi, Jim Kacian, Emiko Miyashita, George Swede, and many others.


Last of all, we sincerely hope that haiku will spread out to the world more and more through ukiaHaiku Festival 2011 and the HNA 2011 conference.


 The next posting ‘Haiku World of Patricia Lidia in Romania’ appears on February 19.


― Hidenori Hiruta

Member of HIA and haiku group Ten’I (Providence)天為 









V E R I C A  Z I V K O V I C in Serbia, author of SHIFT OF THE MOON 月の動き contributed haiku about New Year (2011) to our network on December 8, 2010.



Verica also presented me with her New Year’s gift, as you can see in the following mail:

Dear Hidenori,

It is here your haikus /my translation in Serbian/. It is my New Year’s gift to you…Best wishes…verica

Click this link:

The message is ready to be sent with the following file or link attachments:
Shortcut to:


By Hidenori Hiruta (蛭田 秀法)


Хиденори Хирута




Buddha’s rise

From the pond

Lotus flower


Будино дизање

Из рибњака

Цвет лотоса






The shade

Bathes in the water

Summer isle



Се купа у води

Летње острво




Translation into Serbian:

Verica Živković

Verica Zivkovic

Верица Живковић

Filed under: English, Literatura, POEZIJA LJUBAVI I NADAHNUĆA



As a haiku poet, Verica Zivkovic has won 50 international awards for haiku poetry.

I would like to present some of her haiku, dividing them into two parts.

In the former part, I took up 7 haiku with my Japanese translations.

And in this latter part, I take up 6 haiku with my Japanese translations/


by Verica Zivkovic  / English-Serbian Version /

 (ヴェリカ・ジヴコヴィッチ) /   (英語 セルビア語 版)/



storm crosses               嵐が横切る 

the traveler’s shadow –     旅人の影を ―  

he marches on               歩き続ける  


oluja preseče

senku šetača – on

i dalje hoda


Very best haiku / Odličan haiku      特選

The 34th A-Bomb Day Memorial Haiku Meeting 2000, Japan

(第34回原爆忌俳句大会 2000年、日本) 



twilight –                   薄明かり―

the blizzard is making     猛ふぶきが明確にしてくれる 

my thoughts clearer       私が考えていることを


sumrak –

snežna vejavica čini

moje misli jasnijim


Honorable Mention / Počasno priznanje  入選

4. Annual Suruga-Baika Literary Festival 2001, Japan

(第4回駿河梅花文学賞 2001年、日本)



table parasol –               テーブルパラソル ― 

my glass full of rainwater   メガネに雨水が一杯

reflects setting sun         夕日を映している


sklopljen suncobran –

u mojoj čaši punoj kišnice

odraz zalazećeg sunca


Special Award / Specijalna nagrada   特別賞

Hekinan «World Wide» Haiku Contest 2006, Japan

(へきなん世界俳句大会 2006年、日本)


floating leaf –                浮かんでいる葉

almost covering           ほぼ覆っている

the Easter moon          イースターの月を


plutajući list –

skoro prekrio

uskršnji mesec


First Prize / Prva nagrada   特選

The Yellow Moon Poetry Competition 2004, Australia

(イェロー・ムーン詩歌大会 2004年、オーストラリア)


May sunset –               5月の夕焼け

dandelions surround       タンポポが囲んでいる

the bulging udder          ふくらんでいる乳房を


majski zalazak sunca –

maslačci okružili

nabreklo vime


Second Prize / Druga nagrada       優秀賞

The Paper Wasp Jack Stamm Haiku Contest 2005, Australia



sky clears up –           空が晴れ渡る

hail on the sunflower      向日葵の上のあられが

melting                  溶けている 


razvedrava se –

na cvetu suncokreta

tope se zrna grada


Second Prize / Druga nagrada   優秀賞

Haiku Contest Kaji Aso Studio 2005, USA

(カジ・アソ・スタジオ・俳句コンテスト 2005年、アメリカ)


As I mentioned in her biographical note in the former part, Verica Zivkovic

had six books of poetry published  “Someone’s Standing Behind you”;
 “A Sickle in Shirt”;  “The Undressed Sky”;  “The Passer-by”;  “Shift of the Moon”;  “The Ripe Blackberry”.


Here is the cover of Verica’s book SHIFT OF THE MOON with her photo.




I sincerely hope that you will read Book by Verica Zivkovic Shift of the Moon.

Read the book by Verica Zivkovic Shift of the Moon which, with its refined art, according to reviewer Prof. Nebojsa Simin, is characterized by the fantastic possibilities of finding unusual and magnificent harmony through the impressions and emotions contained in the poems. The book places itself among the most significant works of contemporary world poetry.

The collection is printed in Japanese, English, German and Serbian.

Meet the poetess who has won 50 international awards for haiku poetry.

The book can be ordered at a cost of 5 euros from the e-mail address:


Verica Zivkovic is also well-known as a literary critic.

Here is part of Verica’s book review as follows:

By Prof. Dr. Kazuyosi Ikeda
Published by “Chetana Literary Group”, Mangalore, India, 2003
Book Review by Verica Zivkovic (Starcevo, Serbia) 


“Beneath the cloudless blue sky I sleep tranquilly.
O my green bed, extensive immeasurably!
O grass! never waken me by thy scent drifting
From my dream in the mild light of the sun of spring!”

In the finishing stanza we can find the romantic sensibility and combination of the association. In these lines the depth of motifs appearing in the previous stanzas is strongly invoked. And the Kurile Current and the vast sea have parentallysoft heart, filled with great love:

“The Kurile Current, running very quietly,
Has a gentle, tender heart, but is of coldness.
Having a parental love for the sea strongly,
It brings up over the deep a dream of hugeness.”


In the most fragile layers of the poetic being of this poem lies a literary solution of the whole poetry of Dr. Ikeda.

In the book “Men and Nature” Dr. Ikeda emphasizes the humanistic dimension and humanistic sense of poetry, creating inventive poetry- lexically rich, full of rhyme and divine sensibility. 

                                        Author: Verica Zivkovic, literary critic 
                              Translation from Serbian into English: Prof. Milica Curcin


These two parts I have taken up are only part of Verica’s Haiku World, which I

think is the entrance to the deeper and wider poetic world of hers.

This is why I recommend that you should read and appreciate Verica’s books of poetry.

The next posting ‘News from HIA: ukiaHaiku festival 2011 and Haiku North

America 2011′ appears on February 12.

― Hidenori Hiruta