Let haiku be on the UNESCO list! (43)

Let haiku be on the UNESCO list!

Ms. Djurdja Vukelic Rozic, Croatia, presented me with IRIS Haiku Magazine -7/8, 2013-2014 .

Here is a front cover of the magazine.


Ms. Rozic, Principal editor of haiku magazine IRIS, took up the article “ASAHI HAIKUIST SPECIAL/ Former minister Arima finds support for UNESCO haiku bid” , translating it into Croatian as in the following copies.



Ms. Djurdja Vukelic Rozic also sent an e-mail, kindly suggesting to us that they would like to write letters of support to let haiku be on the UNESCO list.

Here is her e-mail.

Dear Hidenori-san,

is there anything poets from Croatia can do to help Haiku towards the UNESCO’s The Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity?

May we write a letter of support?
I can encourage people from Montenegro, Macedonia, Bosnia, Slovenia … to write their own letters.
They may be joint letters from the clubs or single ones.
Will need your advice and instructions.

With haiku we feel part of the world, coming from small countries, we live haiku like equal partners on this Haiku Planet, and haiku connects us with not only wonderful Japan and its tradition and culture, but many other nations and languages. 

I’m certainly richer person with haiku poetry and it has become a part of my life.

Djurdja Vukelic Rozic
Principal editor of haiku magazine IRIS, Croatia

Thanks to Ms. Rozic’s encouragement, more than 30 haikuists were willing to send their letters to support the campaign “Let haiku be on the UNESCO list.”

Here is a list of the names of the haikuists and their nationality. You can see their letters here on this website.

Letters of support: Let haiku be on the UNESCO list!

 Djurdja Vukelic Rozic  ( Croatia)
 Stjepan Rozic(Croatia)
 Ljudmila Milena Mršić  (Croatia)
 Naselje Garča  (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
 Malvina Mileta(Croatia)
 Marija Pogorilic  ( Croatia)
 Smajil Durmisevic  (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
 Tereza Salajpal (Croatia)
 Jasna Popović Poje  (Croatia)
 Zlata Bogovi ć  (Croatia)
 Vesna Stipčić  (Croatia)
 Sanja Petrov  (Croatia)
 Dimitrij ŠKRK(Slovenia)
 Marija Maretić  (Croatia)
 Grozdana Drašković  (Croatia)
 Andrej Zbašnik  (Croatia) 
 Dubravko Korbus  (Croatia)
 Midhat Hrnčić Midho  (Bosnia and Herzegovina)  
 Mirjana Ranković Matović  (Serbia)     
 Toni Pavleski  (Macedonia)
 Milica Perdic  (Croatia)
 Branka Vojinović Jegdić  (Montengro)
 Milena Drpa(Bosnia and Herzegovina)
 Đermano Vitasović  (Croatia)
 Zoran Raonić  (Montenegro)
 Slavka Klikovac  (Montenegro)
 Dušan Đurišić  (Montenegro)
 Julia Guzmán  (Argentina)
 Jorge Giallorenzi  (Argentina)
 Dan Costinas (Romania)
 Smilja Arsic  ( Serbia)
 Adjei Agyei-Baah  (Ghana)
 Emmanuel Jessie Kalusian  (Nigeria)


Lastly, let me report that I referred to the letters of support in the panel discussion of the Only One Kagoshima Tree Haiku Contest festival held as one of the 30th National Culture Festival Haiku events at the International University of Kagoshima, November 3, 2015.

Here is a copy in my presentation.


By Hidenori Hiruta

One thought on “Let haiku be on the UNESCO list! (43)

  1. Michio Katsumata from Akita International University pointed out that the winning haiku penned by the ambasador had been written in 5-7-5 syllables, the teacher chose a 3-5-3 syllable frame, and the high school student wrote freely in 18 syllables.

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