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

2015/05/21

 

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)      

 

snowman                 

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)                     

 

cumulonimbus:                       

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)

 

arriving

at the temple doorstep

tumbleweeds

 

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)

 

sheltering

against the dawn . . .

thistledown

  

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 –

sunflower

ablaze

  

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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