The Results of 4th Japan – Russia Haiku Contest : English Section (2)


Results of 4th Japan — Russia Haiku Contest  (2)

The Judging Committee for Haiku in English –Hidenori Hiruta (Akita Prefecture), Satoru Kanematsu (Aichi Prefecture), and David McMurray (Kagoshima Prefecture) — are pleased to announce the following results of the 4th Japan – Russia Haiku Contest.

In the opinion of the judges, 2014 and 2015 have been very memorable years because of the synergy rising up from Akita Prefecture and Kagoshima Prefecture, both of which held National Culture Festival haiku conferences which inspired many haikuists from around the world to enter the 3rd and 4th Japan – Russia Haiku Contests. The 2016 National Culture Festival will be held in Aichi Prefecture, and it is hoped another haiku conference might be hosted there.


JAL Foundation Award Winning Haiku


Kadota Ayaka (The International University of Kagoshima)
The beautiful lake–
shines by the moonlight,
petals float on water


The winning haikuist is a third-year university student who is enrolled in an international haiku course. She may have been inspired by watching cherry blossoms and reading a lovely poem penned by Matsuo Basho when he visited Kisakata on the west coast of the Tohoku region in 1689: yuubare ya sakura ni suzumu nami no hana.
Clearing at evening–
cool under the cherry trees
blossoms on the waves


Professor Michio Katsumata from Akita International University will take the award certificate and JAL gifts from Akita Prefecture to Kagoshima Prefecture to present them on November 3, 2015 to the winner during his congratulatory speech at the International University of Kagoshima.


JAL Foundation Award Honorably Mentioned Haiku


Nakamura Takuro  (The International University of Kagoshima)
Lake frozen
Sounds of sliding
The happy laughter

Ikeda Kanami  (The International University of Kagoshima)
Fall in lake
with leaves lit by a
setting sun


Yamada Ryunosuke  (The International University of Kagoshima)
Moon light
The music I heard
Swan Lake


ライ・シャオドン (China) (The International University of Kagoshima)
waves come into the cove
one at a time


Yamada Koya  (The International University of Kagoshima)


A bird calls–
the voice in the lake
summer fog


Seki Manabu  (The International University of Kagoshima)
Around the lake
cranes return from Russia
lively and lovely


Kimoto Momoka (Kagoshima Central College of Nursing)
Let’s summer
beautiful large spot
Biwa lake


Olivia Doll (Charles W. Stanford Middle School)(USA)


Crystalline surface

the colored leaves cause ripples

falling on the lake


Mihalache Delia  (Romania)(Akita University)


Under the wisteria

a lake is trembling—

the smell of a storm


Fujita Takuno  (Akita University)


Chasing fishes’ shadows—

I became a breeze,

making waves on the lake.


Hidenori Hiruta (Akita Prefecture), Satoru Kanematsu (Aichi Prefecture), and David McMurray (Kagoshima Prefecture)

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