Dr. Akito Arima （有馬朗人）is President of the Haiku International Association (HIA)（国際俳句交流協会）(http://www.haiku-hia.com), a nonprofit organization aimed at promoting haiku globally.
Dr. Arima also leads the haiku group Ten’I (Providence)（天為）(http://haikunet.info).
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:
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
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: www.ukiahaiku.org
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)
If submitting via the online form:
1) On or after January 1, 2011, go to www.ukiahaiku.org, 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 www.ukiahaiku.org, 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!!
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
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 (http://www.hpnc.org) 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.
the way home
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 (http://www.haikunorthamerica.com/pages/next.html), 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 WelchM@aol.com 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）