Yesterday, to my great delight, I received such a nice e-mail from Professor David McMurray at the International University of Kagoshima（鹿児島国際大学）as follows.
Dear Hidenori Hiruta Sensei,
I hope your many readers around the world enjoy this first of 3 issues in November dedicated to haiku about wines.
The sketch includes wines in assorted bottles, is that a Manischewitz label? Entre deux mers? Or something Californian? Yamanashi wine is fine, but I think grapes do not grow in Akita.
There are many Russian writers contributing to the page, thanks to your great efforts with the Akita Japan Russia contest.
You and readers of your fine HP in Akita should be able to readily open the page with your computer today.
マクマレイ・デビッド David McMurray
国際交流委員長 Int’l Committee Chair
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By the way, we had haiku seminar at the library of Far Eastern Federal University in Vladivostok, Russia, on October 12, 2013.
Here is an e-mail from Japan Center in Vladivostok, saying that they posted information about the haiku seminar on their homepage.
Dear Senseis, thank you very much for visiting Vladivostok with Haiku seminar.
I have posted information about it and what was held in Moscow on 5 October (6th International Haiku Contest), below it we posted Williams-sensei’s report for those who planned to come but couldn’t, many thanks to Mark-sensei for permission to post it.
Thank you very much and see you again.
Here is another report by Mr. Tadayuki Koizumi（小泉忠之支局長）, Bureau Chief Correspondent at KYODO NEWS VLADIVOSTOK BUREAU（共同通信社ウラジオストク支局）, which appeared in The Akita Sakigake Shimpo（秋田さきがけ）on October 13, 2013.
After the haiku seminar was over, we presented a thank-you token to some audience, who eagerly submitted haiku to The Second Japan-Russia Haiku Contest.
Here is a photo of them.
Lastly, we sincerely hope that we will enjoy writing haiku, sharing it with each other
― Hidenori Hiruta