Let haiku be on the UNESCO list! (44)


Let haiku be on the UNESCO list!


On November 3, 2015, Hidenori Hiruta took part 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.

Then, Hiruta had a chance to talk about the signatures of 106 haikuists from 15 different countries, who signed to support the initiative to have haiku recognized as important cultural world heritage at the Second International Haiku Conference in Poland, 17 May 2015, at the 19th Haiku Meeting in Croatia, 13 June 2015, and at Gathering of haiku poets in the Castle of Zrinski in Croatia, 12 September 2015.

Here are copies of PowerPoint used in Hiruta’s presentation.




On May 17, 2015, the Second International Haiku Conference was held in Poland.

Ms. Djurdja Vukelic Rozic, Croatia, says in her letter as follows.


We, the participants to the Second International Haiku Conference in Poland, strongly support the initiative to have haiku recognized as important cultural world heritage.

Haiku, this tiny but powerful form of poetry, originating in Japan, is now also a maybe tiny but certainly powerful force in uniting people worldwide.

This conference, bringing together poets from 15 different countries, is yet another demonstration of exactly that power and hence international importance.

Trusting world peace, respect for each other and nature and thus contributing to world peace and the preservation of the planet.

Kraków, Poland, 17 May 2015


Here is a list of the names of haikuists and their nationalities, who signed to support the campaign “Let haiku be on the UNESCO list!”


Zlata Bogović, Croatia
Stjepan Rožić, Croatia
Wieslaw Karliński, Poland
Jan Paliczka, Poland
Agnieszka Žulawska-Umeda (Kuzu), Poland
Adrianna Kabza, Poland
Ludmila Balabanova, Bulgaria
Zdravko Karakehayov, Bulgaria
Ikuyo Yoshimura, Japan
Takashi Ikari, Japan
Hitoshi Yoshimura, Japan
Lidia Rozmus, Poland/USA
Dainius Dirgela, Lithuania
Andrius Luneckas, Lithuania
Marta Chociłowska, Poland
Jadwiga Siwińska-Pacak, Poland
Ernest Wit, Poland
Marzela Krukowska, Poland
Ralf Bröker, Germany
Valeria Barouch, Switzerland
Rob Scott, Sweden/Australia
J. Brian Robertson, Germany
Iliyana Stoyanova, United Kingdom/Bulgaria
Đurđa Vukelić Rožić, Croatia
 Max Verhart, Netherland
Rob Flipse, Netherland
Marlène Buitelaar, Netherland
Nan Schepers, Netherland
Zoran Mimica, Austria/Croatia
Margaret Chula, USA
Margareta Anna Bobah, Poland
Slawa Sibiga, Poland
Andrzej Dembończyk, Poland
Svetla Pacheva-Karabova, Bulgaria
Stoianka Boianova, Bulgaria
Minko Tanev, Bulgaria

Lastly, here are two photo haiku Hidenori Hiruta made during his stay in Kagoshima (鹿児島). He visited Shiroyama Observatory (城山展望台) on November 2, 2015.

The observatory was built on a hill that is 107 meters high. It has panoramic views of the center of Kagoshima and Sakurajima (桜島). Kagoshima is called “Naples of the Orient,” due to climate, location, temperament of the inhabitants and the nearby presence of one of the world’s most famous volcanoes, Sakurajima.






By Hidenori Hiruta

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