5th Japan-Russia Haiku Contest : Guidelines (English Version)




Here is a present from a Russian haiku poet.


A painting presented by a Russian haiku poet (2)


The 5th Japan-Russia Haiku Contest

 (Guidelines for Submission)

 April 30, 2016

Akita International Haiku Network


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.

The Akita International Haiku Network has held the Japan-Russia Haiku Contest since 2012, because the contests ended in a great success. In particular, in the 4th Japan-Russia Haiku Contest in 2015, more than1,000 haiku were submitted from over 50 countries.

In 2016, the organizer sincerely hopes that the 5th Japan-Russia haiku contest will flourish more worldwide, and that haiku can deepen mutual understanding and enjoyment of different cultures between those people who read or compose the poem.

As a result, the organizer wishes haiku could help make the world peaceful.

Please submit your haiku according to the guidelines below.


Organizer: Akita International Haiku Network

Sponsors:   JAL Foundation, Akita Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Supporters:  Akita Prefecture, Akita International University,

                       Akita Prefectural Board of Education,

                       Akita International Association, Akita City,

                       Akita City Board of Education, Akita Association of English Studies,

                       The Akita Sakigake Shimpo, The Yomiuri Shimbun Akita Bureau,

                      Haiku International Association, 

                      The International University of Kagoshima,

                      Japan Culture Club at Japan Center in Vladivostok, Primorsky Region,

                      Far Eastern Federal University, Vladivostok City,

                      Yosano Akiko Memorial Literary Society

Eligibility: The contest is open to the public of any nationality in the world

Entry: Only one haiku is allowed to be submitted per haiku poet.

Theme:  “mountain, sea, lake, river, or anything ”

Submission Guideline:

Original, previously unpublished haiku should be submitted according to the entry form. There are three sections of Japanese haiku, Russian haiku, and English haiku. One of the languages has to be chosen from among Japanese, Russian, and English in composing and submitting haiku.

Japanese Haiku Section:                                               

Please download the entry form below in Japanese and submit it by email to: shhiruta@nifty.com

Japanese Section 日本語部門  (pdf file)

Russian Haiku Section:                                                  

Please download the entry form below in Russian and submit it by email to:


Russian Section    ロシア語部門  (Word file)

English Haiku Section:                                               

Please download the entry form below in English and submit it by email to: shhiruta@nifty.com

English Section    英語部門  (Word file)

Submission period:  Sunday May 1, 2016   –  Thursday June 30, 2016

Deadline: Thursday June 30, 2016


Japanese Haiku Section:  Shoji Muto, Seiji Tateoka,  Shohaku Shima,

                                               Kazuhiro Kudo, Yoshitomo Igarashi,

                                               Kyoko Uchimura, Reina Yano

Russian Haiku Section:   Alexander Dolin

English Haiku Section:   David McMurray, Satoru Kanematsu,

                                             Ben Grafström, Hidenori Hiruta


Three winners of each haiku section will be notified by email at the beginning of October, 2016 and announced on the website of Akita International Haiku Network (https://akitahaiku.com/) .

Winner’s haiku and haiku of honorable mention are also posted with translations of the two other languages on the website.

Akita Prefectural Governor’s Award is presented to the best haiku in the Japanese section.

Akita City Mayor’s Award is presented to the best haiku in the Russian section.

Akita International University President’s Award is presented to the best haiku in the English section.

JAL Foundation Award and Akita Chamber of Commerce and Industry President’s  Award are also presented to one of the honorable mentions in each section by the sponsors above mentioned.

Each winner is presented with the certificate and prize.


Contact: Akita International Haiku Network (shhiruta@nifty.com)

Please inquire by e-mail only.

5 thoughts on “5th Japan-Russia Haiku Contest : Guidelines (English Version)

  1. An atmospheric painting which strongly reminds me of Gosausee below the Dachstein, one of my favourite spots to visit in Austria. I have posted a link to the contest at Poet-in-Residence on Blogger.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s