862 haiku from 56 countries for 7th Japan-Russia Haiku Contest






862 haiku were sent to 7th Japan-Russia Haiku Contest from 56 countries.

187 haiku were submitted to the Japanese section from 4 countries, 268 haiku to the Russian section from 12 countries, and 407 haiku to the English section from 52 countries.


Here is an entry situation below.



後記 : Postscript


ウラジオストクでの俳句紹介 : Introduction of haiku in Vladivostok






In September, 2011, Hidenori Hiruta visited Vladivostok, the capital of Primorsky kray, Russia, staying there for ten days.

Thanks to the great assistance and cooperation from JAPAN CENTER IN VLADIVOSTOK, the branch of ANO “Japan Center”, Hiruta successfully introduced haiku to some kindergartners and pupils who studied Japanese at school, to some students who studied Japanese and Japanese culture at FAR EASTERN FEDERAL UNIVERSITY, and to the members of the tea ceremony club at JAPAN CENTER.        


日露俳句コンテスト : Japan-Russia Haiku Contest





In May, 2012, Japan-Russia Haiku Contest was launched to encourage cultural exchange through haiku among the people in the two countries.

For the contest, whose theme is “SEA”, 370 haiku were submitted to the Japanese section and 58 haiku to the Russian section.









The contest has been held with the English section added since the 2nd contest.

One of the main aims of the contest is that haiku can deepen mutual understanding and enjoyment of different cultures between those people who read or compose haiku.

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

Like the theme “WAVE” of 7th Japan-Russia Haiku Contest, prayer for peace has spread worldwide as is shown in the entry situation above.

This is how the contest is something helpful to the finale of the Heisei Era in Japan.






Prayer for peace


In May, 1952, Peace Kannon was erected in order to console the spirits of those who devoted themselves to their home country and were killed in the wars since the Sino-Japanese War until the World War II, and to worship them, and at the same time to pray for world peace.

Katsuhira Heights called Ishiyama, which is located in Akita city, Akita Prefecture in Northern Honshu, Japan, was chosen as the erecting site, which has a long and distinguished history as a hallowed ground. 



第66回慰霊祭:The 66th Memorial Service




On September 24, 2018, the 66th memorial service for the war dead was held, praying for world peace.













Katsuhira Heights : a Place of Healing


Ishiyama Peace Kannon, thirty-three Kannon images, and Ishiyama Kannon are erected on Katsuhira Heights well-known as a hallowed ground.

Shoheiji Temple, which belongs to the Sodo sect of Buddhism, is also built next to them.

The temple is said to have been broken down and buried in the sand with stone Buddhist images buried or carried away into the sea by tsunami in the great earthquake in 830.

But the temple was rebuilt in 1964, having the name of Shoheiji, and the main building was finally completed in 2005.  

Ishiyama Kannon, one of the stone Buddhist images mentioned above, is said to have been pulled out of the sea by local fishermen in 1185.

Ishiyama Peace Kannon and Ishiyama Kannon face the Sea of Japan to the west, sending peace prayer all over the world.

On the other hand, Maitreya commands a fine prospect of Mt. Taihei far away in the eastern heavens, sitting and thinking in the morning sun.

Besides, Mt. Chokai is beautifully seen to the south and Mt. Kanpuzan and mountains in the Oga Peninsula are also clearly seen to the northwest.

The heights are a place of healing for those who enjoy walking or enjoy beautiful pieces of scenery.  

















Prospects of the Future : Maitreya


On the spring of 2011, Maitreya image was erected in the graveyard of Shoheiji Temple on Katsuhira Heights for those who passed away with nobody to look after their graves.

On April 8, they held the service for the new Maitreya image so that they would put Buddha’ heart and soul into the image.

They also held the memorial service for those who were killed in the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11.  

They say that Maitreya is a bodhisattva who will appear on Earth in the future, achieve complete enlightenment, and teach the pure dharma.

They also say that Maitreya will be a successor to the present Buddha, Gautama Buddha. The prophecy of the arrival of Maitreya refers to a time in the future when the dharma will have been forgotten by most on the terrestrial world.



By Hidenori Hiruta 


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