Haiku Special from the 3rd Japan – Russia Haiku Contest (1)


The yearly pamphlet Akita – the Land of Poetry 『詩の国秋田 第6号』, whose 6th volume is posted as an e-pamphlet, featuring haiku special from the English haiku submitted to the 3rd Japan-Russia Haiku Contest in 2014.

A great number of haiku fans willingly sent their haiku in English to the contest from 46 countries including Japan.

They compose haiku, the shortest form of poetry of three lines, catching the haiku moment through their observation or insight.

They write haiku, seeking for “pure present”, which might express “the eternal now.”

We sincerely hope that haiku will be shared with each other, which helps us realize the pleasure of writing haiku again. 

We also hope that haiku could deepen mutual understanding and enjoyment of different cultures between those people who read or compose the poem, helping make the world peaceful.


AIU President Award by Akita International University


Devin Harrison  (Canada) 


coastal fog – –             

the way mountains flow   

into mountains              


JAL Foundation Award


Motohiko Akagi  (The International University Of Kagoshima, Japan)      



begins to melt           

into a flower                 


The Akita Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Award


Adjei Agyei-Baah (Ghana)  


leafless tree —                    

lifting a cup of nest                 

to the sky                    


The Akita Sakigake Shimpo President Award


 Ramesh Anand (India)       


still pond…                      

fading from its center            

this stormy cloud

Akita Branch of Ten’i (Providence) Haiku Group Chairman Award


Varma Anitha (India)          


twilight rain…                    

palm fronds drip moonlight     

into the night                  


Akita International Haiku Network Chief Director Award


Jiro Oba (Japan)                     



memory of a city                      

lost in ancient times               


Honorable Mentions


Blöttenberger Meik (German-American U.S.A.)


burgundy tulips—

a gypsy begs

to read my palm


Maniyil Jayashree(Australia)



at the temple doorstep



Teneva Diana (Bulgaria)


lunar eclipse

the ring left by you

on the night table


Kala Ramesh(Indian)


Gita chanting 

. . . birds become

the ellipsis


Brager Mark E.(United States)



against the dawn . . .



Seguiban Carl(canadian)


drought’s end—

even the smell of rain

has a name



ten Brink Brigitte(Germany)


empty schoolyard

only a plastic bag

plays with the wind



Kana Aridome (The International University Of Kagoshima, Japan)


The snowman

bows his head –

winter rain


Ayaka Shirao (Kagoshima Central College of Nursing, Japan)


summer’s day

voice of the cicada

hot and humid


Sho Hamada (Kagoshima Central College of Nursing, Japan)


It’s a jump

to a whole new world

summer time


Ai Senda (ECC Kokusai College Of Foreign Languages, Japan)


one summer day –




We are now holding the 4th Japan-Russia Haiku Contest.

Readers are invited to send haiku about “lake” to Hidenori Hiruta at the Akita

International Haiku Network in an e-mail to (shhiruta@nifty.com).  


By Hidenori Hiruta

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