1,146 haiku from 59 countries to the 4th Japan-Russia Haiku Contest
August 31 , 2015
Akita International Haiku Network
1. The Akita International Haiku Network held the 4th Japan-Russia Haiku Contest
in celebration of the great success of the 29th National Cultural Festival in Akita
2014. This is because the 3rd Japan-Russia Haiku Contest ended in a great
success as part of the 29th National Cultural Festival in Akita 2014. 1,130 haiku
were submitted from 46 countries.
In 2012, the 1st Japan -Russia Haiku Contest was launched with the help of
JAPAN CENTER IN VLADIVOSTOK as one of the links with the cultural
exchange between Japan and Russia, wishing to provide an opportunity to
mutually share haiku related to the theme of “the sea” (The Sea of Japan) which
connects Japan and Russia.
The organizer hoped that the contest would serve as an opportunity to deepen
mutual understanding among people, to promote the interaction of people’s views
on Japan and Russia, as well as to convey the enjoyment of reading or composing
haiku. The organizer also hoped that it would serve as an opportunity to
strengthen and develop the sister city relationship between Akita and Vladivostok,
as well as to promote and increase cultural exchanges between Akita Prefecture
and Primorsky Region.
In 2015, the organizer sincerely hoped that the 4th Japan-Russia haiku contest
would flourish more worldwide, and that haiku could deepen mutual understanding and enjoyment of different cultures between those people who read or compose the poem.
As a result, the organizer wished haiku could help make the world peaceful,
receiving the submitted haiku from May 1 (Friday) till June 30 (Tuesday).
2. Only one haiku was allowed to be submitted per haiku poet, and there were three sections of Japanese haiku, Russian haiku, and English haiku. One of the languages had to be chosen from among Japanese, Russian, and English in composing and submitting haiku.
The theme was “lake”, but the organizer received any haiku by request.
As a result, 1,146 haiku were submitted from 59 countries.
3. 404 haiku were sent for the Japanese haiku section.
404 haiku were submitted from 6 countries: China, Denmark, Japan, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Ukraine.
4. 247 haiku were sent for the Russian haiku section.
247 haiku were submitted from 17 countries: Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz, Georgia, Japan, Lithuania, Montenegro, Poland, Russia, Taiwan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.
5. 495 haiku were sent for the English haiku section.
495 haiku were submitted from 50 countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Columbia, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Montenegro, New Zealand, Nepal, Netherlands, Norway, Palestine, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Sudan, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Tunisia, UK, USA, and Vietnam .
6. Awards and Announcement
Akita Prefectural Governor Award is presented to the best haiku in the Japanese section by Akita Prefectural Government.
Akita International Haiku Network Chief Director Award is presented to the best haiku in the Russian section by Akita International Haiku Network.
Akita International University President Award is presented to the best haiku in the English section by Akita International University.
Akita Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Award is presented to one of the honorable mentions among haiku of each section by Akita Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
JAL Foundation Award is presented to one of the honorable mentions among haiku by students or children of each section by JAL Foundation.
Winners are presented with the certificate and prize at the 4th Japan-Russia haiku contest awards ceremony, or they will be sent the certificate and the prize by mail.
The winners will be notified by email at the middle of September.
The results of the 4th Japan-Russia Haiku Contest will be announced on the occasion of the 2nd International Haiku Meeting held Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 13:30 ~ 15:00 p.m., at Akita International University.
The results of the contest are also announced on the website of Akita International Haiku Network (https://akitahaiku.com/) on October 13, 2015.
7. The posting of haiku on the website
Winner’s haiku and haiku of honorable mention are expected to be posted with translations of the two other languages on the website in the near future after that.
Second International Haiku Meeting in Akita, Japan
Date : Tuesday, October 13th, 2015. 13:30 p.m. ～ 15:00 p.m.
Venue: Akita International University
13:30 p.m. ～ 13:40 p.m. Announcement of the results of the 4th Japan-Russia Haiku Contest
13:40 p.m. ～ 13:50 p.m. 4th Japan-Russia haiku contest awards ceremony
13:50 p.m. ～ 14:00 p.m. Photo haiku exhibition
14:00 p.m. ～ 15:00 p.m. Workshop: How to make a photo haiku
By Hidenori Hiruta