Let haiku be on the UNESCO list! (37)

2015/11/27

 

Let haiku be on the UNESCO list!

 

Here is a photo of the sunrise in the eastern sky of  Sakurajima (Japanese: 桜島, lit. “Cherry Island”), an active composite volcano (stratovolcano) and a former island in Kagoshima Prefecture in Kyushu, Japan. 

 

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On November 27, 2015, Professor David McMurray at the International University of Kagoshima, kindly sent me an e-mail as follows.

 

蛭田先生、 

 

  Thank you for the splendid sunrise photograph. It makes me feel a New Year for international haiku is about to begin.

 

 The Ambassador has printed a wonderful photo and message about Dr. Arima at his facebook site, in both English and in Indonesian please enjoy and copy link it to your Akita pages to further promote our efforts to have UNESCO recognize haiku:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.958154244272933.1073741909.467975896624106&type=3

 

 Kindest of regards,

  David McMurray

 

Ambassador Bobiash Wins Award – Dubes Bobiash Raih Penghargaan

 

Duta Besar Donald Bobiash baru-baru ini menerima sebuah penghargaaan kebudayaan Jepang untuk puisi haiku. Diserahkan dalam rangka Festival Kebudayaan Nasional Jepang (Kokuminbunkasai), upacara penghargaan ini berlangsung di Kagoshima tanggal 3 November bertepatan dengan Hari Kebudayaan Nasional Jepang. Upacara tersebut dihadiri oleh Dr. Akito Arima, Ketua Asosiasi Haiku Internasional, dan Sadatoshi Tsumagari, Rektor Universitas Internasional Kagoshima. Tema dari acara tahun ini adalah “Hanya Satu Pohon”, yang merujuk kepada satu-satunya pohon yang tersisa setelah tragedi gempa bumi dan tsunami Jepang tanggal 11 Maret 2011. Salah satu penyelenggara utama kompetisi haiku adalah Profesor David McMurray, warga Kanada lulusan Universitas Laval. Dalam sambutannya saat menerima penghargaan, Duta Besar Bobiash menggambarkan haiku sebagai “wahana perdamaian dunia”.

 

Here is a photo of Ambassador Donald Bobiash.

 

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Ambassador Donald Bobiash was recently awarded a Japanese cultural award for haiku poetry. Presented in the context of Japan’s National Cultural Festival (Kokuminbunkasai), the award ceremony took place in Kagoshima on November 3, Japan’s National Culture Day. Present at the ceremony was Dr. Akito Arima, Chairman of Haiku International Association, and Sadatoshi Tsumagari, President of the International University of Kagoshima. The theme of this year’s event was “Only One Tree”, a reference to a single tree that was left standing after Japan’s tragic earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011. One of the key organisers of the haiku competition was Professor David McMurray, a Canadian and graduate of Laval University. In his remarks accepting this award, Ambassador Bobiash described haiku as a “vehicle of world peace.”

 

Here is a photo of Dr. Akito Arima and Ambassador Donald Bobiash.

 

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Lastly, let me show you a photo of  Professor David McMurray and Hidenori Hiruta.

 

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We sincerely hope a New Year for international haiku begins with the sunrise in Kagoshima, Japan.

 

By Hidenori Hiruta

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