Firstly, let me tell you about Japan – Russia Haiku Contest（日露俳句コンテスト）organized by the Akita International Haiku Network.
The submission period ended yesterday, May 25.
A lot of haiku on the theme “the sea” were written and submitted by students and poets overseas as well as in Japan.
We are very grateful to them for their submission.
We are also pleased to have haiku submitted not only from Vladiovostok, Primorsky Krai, Sakhalin, Magadan, Birobidzhan, Novosibirsk, Ufa, Blagoveshensk, Sverdlovsk, Perm, Chuvashiya, Moscow, Moscow region, Kaluga, Krasnodar, Saint-Petersburg, Tihvin, but also from Tatarstan, Ukraine,Taiwan, and Sweden.
In particular, we are deeply moved that a poet in Ukraine wrote and contributed haiku and tanka to us in celebration of the opening of Japan – Russia Haiku Contest.
Secondly, all of the submitted haiku seem to be so good and nice that judges will have much difficulty in selecting prize-winning haiku.
All of them appear in this website in September, with no names of the writers, but with the names of the areas submitted from.
The results are announced at Haiku Meet held on September 22 in Akita City、Japan and at the other Haiku Meet held on September 29 in Vladivostok City, Russia. And they are posted in this website too.
Thirdly, we would like to express a lot of thanks to the JAL Foundation for sponsoring Japan – Russia Haiku Contest.
JAL Foundation Award is presented to two haiku. And each winner of the prizes is presented with Haiku By World Children （地球歳時記）.
Fourthly, let me post Haiku By World Children Vol.11 : Impressions of School（がっこうのうた）contributed by the JAL Foundation for the contest.
You can get the haiku book through amazon.co.jp.
Here are some photos of the haiku and pictures by world children.
Lastly, I sincerely hope that such haiku contest as this will be more and more helpful in deepening mutual understanding among people, in promoting the interaction of people’s views on Japan and Russia, as well as in conveying the enjoyment of writing and reading haiku.
The next posting ‘For New Year 2012 (13) : Haibun by Roberta Beary, USA ’ appears on June 2.
― Hidenori Hiruta ( Member of HIA)