6th Japan-Russia Haiku Contest : Guidelines (English Version)


Dear haiku friends,

We hope that you enjoy your haiku lives.

We also hope that you will have time to send your haiku to the contest.

Your submission  makes Haiku Planet flourish like flowers in spring.

We are looking forward to the safe arrival of your haiku.

Best wishes,

Akita International Haiku Network


Here is a photo of cherry blossoms in Akita, the northern Honshu, Japan.



The 6th Japan-Russia Haiku Contest 

(Guidelines for Submission)


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 5th Japan-Russia Haiku Contest in 2016, more than1,100 haiku were submitted from 60 countries.

In 2017, the organizers sincerely hope that the 6th 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 organizers wish haiku could help make the world peaceful.

Please submit your haiku according to the guidelines below.


Organizers: Akita International Haiku Network,   

                            Akita International Haiku Association

Sponsors:   JAL Foundation, Akita Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Akita City

Supporters:  Akita Prefecture, Akita International University,    

                       Akita Prefectural Board of Education, Akita International Association,

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

                       The Akita Sakigake Shimpo, 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:  “flowers, 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:  Monday May 1, 2017  –  Friday June 30, 2017

Deadline: Friday June 30, 2017


Japanese Haiku Section:  Shoji Muto, Seiji Tateoka, Jin Wada, 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, 2017 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.

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