330 years have passed since Matsuo Bashō「松尾芭蕉, 1644–1694」visited Kisakata「象潟」on the evening of August 1, 1689. Now, the statue of Bashō is erected in the garden of Kammanji Temple「蚶満寺」in Kisakata, Nikaho City「にかほ市」, Akita Prefecture「秋田県」.
If Bashō were to be here, the greatest master of haiku would be greatly surprised to find that haiku is loved all over the world.
Now, in 2019, let me refer to a new project by the Akita International Haiku Network.
Feeling very grateful to haiku friends in the world for having sent their haiku to the Japan-Russia Haiku Contest from 2012 until 2018, the Akita International Haiku Network has started a new project, celebrating the 330th anniversary of Bashō’s visit to Kisakata at the same time.
Title: World Haiku Series 2019
Aims: To share your haiku with haiku friends in the world, and to appreciate each other’s haiku
- 10 of your favorite English haiku are sent.
- It is no problem whether published or unpublished.
- Haiku appear with their Japanese translation on the website of the Akita International Haiku Network.
Bio: Please add your brief bio, but not compulsory.
Photo: Please add photos of yourself, birds, flowers, or anything, but not compulsory.
Deadline: November 30, 2019
E-mail: Please send your haiku to the address below.
Organizer: The Akita International Haiku Network
We sincerely hope that you, our haiku friends, will send your haiku in celebration of the 330th anniversary of Bashō’s visit to Kisakata.