624 haiku for The 2nd Japan-Russia Haiku Contest. Haikuists in the world, thanks a lot!


624 haiku were submitted for The Second Japan-Russia Haiku Contest.

We would like to express a lot of thanks to haikuists and haiku fans in the world.

The results of the contest are supposed to appear in the beginning of September at the website of Akita International Haiku Network.

And all the haiku submitted are also supposed to appear in September.


Firstly, let me briefly refer to how haiku were submitted for the contest.

304 haiku were submitted for the Japanese haiku section.

62 haiku were for the Russian haiku section.

258 haiku were for the English haiku section.

Haiku were written and sent from haikuists and haiku fans in Japan, Russia, and many other countries.

To our great delight, haiku have been loved by children, students, haiku poets and haiku fans in the world, who would like to write and share haiku with each other through such a haiku contest as this.


Secondly, let me give you information on two other haiku contests here.

We sincerely hope that you will enjoy writing and sharing haiku with each other through submitting haiku for the haiku contests.

My haiku friend, Ms. Angelee Deodhar in India, gave me information on the following haiku contests.

One of them is about The 17th Mainichi Haiku Contest.

Please check it out at the site below.



The other is about International “Kusamakura” Haiku Competition.

Please check it out at the site below.



Lastly, Ms. Angelee Deodhar also gives an invitation to a haiku festival as follows.


2013 MIHC International Haiku Festival from October 8 (Tue) to 12 (Sat) in Tokyo and Kamakura

1. Theme: Pilgrimage to Haiku Holy Places

2. Program:

2-1): October 8 (Tue): Tokyo

9:00-9:30: Check-in (International House of Japan: room nos. 403-404)

9:30-11:00: presentation

13:30-17:00: pilgrimage and ginko:

13:30: gathering place: inside of exit A3 from Kiyosumishirakawa station — go to Basho Inari Jinjya (13:45-14:00), Basho Museum (14:10-14:55), Saito-an-ato (15:30-15:45), and Kiyozumi Japanese garden (16:00-17:00) (enter the garden before 16:30 at the latest)

17:00-19:00: Noh play lesson (Ryotei (Japanese style room) in Kiyozumi Japanese garden)

(You may have an opportunity to play a part of Noh play wearing a Noh mask and having a Noh fan in your hand after a short Noh lesson.)

19:00-20:30: Bento (dinner) party (option) (Ryotei)

(Enjoy Bento-box-dinner party: 1600 yen.) (Note: bento-box for vegetarian is not available, please carry-in a vegetarian-bento-box and carry out the waste.)


2-2): October 9 (Wed): Tokyo

9:00-11:00: presentation (Meguro Kumin Center-Tyusyokigyo center: room no.1)

12:30-16:00: pilgrimage and ginko:

12:30: gathering place: outside of the ticket gate to Mita-line-Meguro station — go to Sekiguchi Basho-an (13:15-14:00), and Shiki-an (15:15-16:00) (enter Shiki-an before 16:00 at the latest)

16:00-19:00: kukai (Shiki-an) (Japanese style room)

              (Enjoy kukai on tatami-mats as Shiki did with his haiku friends.) (Note: enrollment: 25)


2-3): October 10 (Thu): Kamakura

10:00: gathering at Kitakamakura station (out side exit from platform No.1)

10:00-11:30: pilgrimage and ginko to Tokeiji temple (tombs of R. H. Blyth, Daisetsu Suzuki) (10:15-11:30)

13:00-17:00: pilgrimage and ginko to Kenchoji temple (zazen) (13:00-14:00), Jufukuji temple (tomb of Kyoshi) (15:00-16:00), Komachi-dori Ave to Kamakurastation (16:00-17:00)

[Late start plan]:

11:00: gathering at Kitakamakura station (out side exit from platform No.1)

11:00-12:45: pilgrimage and ginko to Tokeiji temple (tombs of R. H. Blyth, Daisetsu Suzuki) (11:15-12:30)—

              –return to Kitakamakura station–(train)—Kamakura station (lunch time: approx.13:00 to14:00)

14:30-17:00: Jufukuji temple (tomb of Kyoshi) (15:00-16:00), Komachi-dori Aveto Kamakura station (16:00-17:00)


2-4): October 11 (Fri): Kamakura

11:00: gathering at Kamakura station (west exit: around the clock tower)

11:30-12:30: ginko to Kotokuin –(3:00):Kamakura station (lunch)

14:30: gathering place: front gate of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu

14:30-17:00: Tsurugaoka Hachimangu to Kamakura station


2-5): October 12 (Sat): International House of Japan: room nos. 403-404

9:00-11:00: presentation

13:20-17:00: English Haiku Workshop


3. Please place a check mark in the boxes left-side of the events you plan to participate in (pls. send yix04102@nifty.com by return).

  Oct 8AM, presentation   Oct. 9PM, Kukai at Shiki-an
  Oct. 8PM, Pilgrimage & Ginko   Oct. 10, Kamakura, Pilgrimage
  Oct. 8PM, Noh lesson   Oct. 10Late Start, Kamakura, Pilgrimage
  Oct.8PM, Bento-box-dinner party (purchase bento-box:1600yen: be collected on Oct. 8)   Oct. 11, Kamakura, Ginko
  Oct.8PM, Bento-box-dinner party (carry-in carry-out)   Oct. 12AM, presentation
  Oct. 9AM, presentation   Oct. 12PM, English Haiku Workshop
  Oct. 9PM, Pilgrimage & Ginko    
Your Name:    




Let me tell you about Ms. Angelee Deodhar briefly.

An eye surgeon by profession, Ms. Deodhar is a haiku poet and artist from India. Her haiku/haiga has been published internationally in various books, journals and on the internet. She is a member of several haiku groups, the chief among them being the Haiku Society of America, Haiku Society of Canada, and Haiku International Association, Japan, the World Haiku Association and the Evergreen Haiku Society,Japan.



The next posting ‘Haiku by Stjepan Rozic in Croatia(5) ’ appears on July 13.


― Hidenori Hiruta







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