The Results of the World Haiku Series 2019
Matsuo Bashō「松尾芭蕉, 1644-1694」 arrived at Kisakata 「象潟」on the evening of August 1, 1689, when a misty rain started to fall, obscuring Mount Chōkai 「鳥海山」. During his stay he wrote haiku about Kisakata.
Kisakata in rain!
Seishi is reminded by
The wet flowers of the silk tree.
Translated by Toshiharu Oseko「尾迫利治」
Here is a photo of a Japanese banana plant (Basho)「芭蕉」, on which Bashō’s haiku is put.
After his journey, Bashō spent five years working and reworking the poems and prose of Oku no Hosomichi 「おくのほそ道, The Narrow Road to Oku」before publishing it. In this way, Bashō took a number of artistic liberties in the writing. As a result, his original haiku about Kisakata was rewritten as follows.
Seishi sleeping in the rain
Wet mimosa blossoms.
Translated by Donald Keene「鬼怒鳴門」
Bashō’s original haiku is inscribed on his haiku monument in the first photo. The monument was erected to the memory of the sixth anniversary of Bashō’s death at Kamman-ji Temple「蚶満寺」in Kisakata in 1700.
Now, in 2019, 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 launched the World Haiku Series 2019, celebrating the 330th anniversary of Bashō’s visit to Kisakata at the same time.
As a result, 199 haiku friends willingly sent 1,990 haiku to this series from 43 countries. They also kindly sent bios, photos, photo haiku, or haiga to us. We sincerely hope that haiku poets, or haiku lovers in the world, will share and appreciate haiku with each other and that they will deepen mutual understanding through each other’s literary works on this website.
Adam Kajzer, Adam Šuligoj, Adjei Agyei-Baah, Alan Summers, Alenka Zorman,
Alexandra Ivoylova, Alexey Andreev, Andrea Cecon, Andrei Sannikov,
Andrej Zbašnik, Andrew Pershin, Andrey Shtyrkovsky , Andrey Sobolev,
Anneta Bydaeva, Angelica Seithe, Anne Curran, Antonio Go Calipjo, Aparna Pathak,
Bakhtiyar Amini, Bidur Prasad Chaulgain, Bitarij Subirin, Brett Brady
Cherese Cobb, Claude Lopez-Ginisty, Corine Timmer, Christiane Ranieri
Damir Damir, Daniela Lăcrămioara Capotă, David McMurray, Debbie Strange,
Dmitry Prokudin, Dinko Sule, Djurdja Vukelic Rozic, Donna Wootton, Doris Pascolo,
Dragan J. Ristić, Dragica Ohashi, Dubravka Šćukanec, Dubravko Marijanović,
Dušan Mijajlović Adaski
Ed Bremson, Eduard Schmidt-Zorner, Erin Castaldi, Ernesto P. Santiago,
Eufemia Griffo, Evica Kraljić
Fabián Padilla Hernández, Florentina Loredana Dalian, Franjo Ordanić
Gail Oare, Garry Eaton, Geethanjali Rajan, Gillena Cox, Goda V. Bendoraitienė,
Heike Gewi, Helen Buckingham, Hema Ravi, Henryk Czempiel, Hidenori Hiruta,
Iffat Jahan Suchona, Ignatius Fay, Iosif Rabinovich, Irene Massumi Fuke,
Irina Ivachova, Irina Rasheva-Kuzmina, Ivanka Kostantino
Janak Sapkota, Jangid M.L., Jasminka Mesaric, Jay Friedenberg,
Jenny Fraser, Jenya Stashkov, Jo Balistreri, Joan Iversen Goswell,
john McDonald, John Zheng, John Parsons, Jolanta Kajzer, Jovanka Božić,
Justice Joseph Prah
Kaa.Na.Kalyanasundaram, Kanchan Chatterjee, Kala Ramesh,
Katherine J. Munro, Kathleen Earsman, Katorgina Veronika,
Keith A. SIMMONDS, Ken Sawitri, Kujtim Agalliu
Lan Diep, Laurence Sullivan, Lilia Racheva, Liliana Negoi, Liudmila Skrebneva,
Ljiljana Dobra, Louise Kipchakbaeva, Lucia Cardillo, Lucky Triana
Madhuri Pillai, Malintha Perera, Mallika chari, Manoj Sharma,
Maria Tirenescu, Marco Campioli, Margaret Mahony, Maria Concetta,
Mariana Tănase, Marieta Maglas, Marina Bellini, Marino Carmela, Mark Miller,
Marta Chocilowska, Matthew Caretti, Midhat Hrnčić, Mile Lisica, Minal Sarosh,
Minko Tanev, Mitsunari Ganzicy, Mitsunati Masyo, Mohammad Azim Khan,
Mojgan Soghrati, Munia Khan
Nada Jacmenica, Nadejda Kostadinova, Natalia Koff, Natalia Kuznetsova,
Nazarena Rampini, Neal Whitman, Neelam Dadhwal, Nicole Pottier,
Nijolė Kerušauskienė, Nikola Đuretić, Nikolay Grankin, Nina Kovacic
Padmasiri Jayathilaka, Pamela A. Babusci, Paul White, Pavel Pavlov,
Paweł Markiewicz, Pere Risteski, Petrov Vladimir,
Pravat Kumar Padhy, Priscilla Lignori
Radostina Dragostinova, Ram Krishna Singh, Ramesh Anand, Refika Dedić,
Réka Nyitrai, Richa Sharma, Roberta Beach Jacobson, Robert Dudnik,
Rosa Maria Di Salvatore, R.Suresh Babu
Samo Kreutz, Sanjuktaa Asopa, Serhiy Shpychenko, Simon Hanson,
Slobodan Pupovac, Slobodan Vuckovic, Sonja Buljević,
Srinivasa Rao Sambangi, Stefanie Bennett, Štefanija Ludvig,
Taofeek Ayeyemi, Tatiana Vinogradova, Thomas Canull, Tomas Savickas,
Tomislav Maretić, Tumanova Nadezhda Pavlovna
Valentina Dankova, Valentina Vasilyevna Dankova, Vandana Parashar,
Vania Stefanova, Vassilis Comporozos, Vera Lavrina, Vessislava Savova,
Vilma Knezevic, Vishnu P Kapoor , Vitali Khomin, Viviane C. M. Leite,
Vladimir Aktov, Vladimir Ludvig, Vladimir Manakhov, Vladimir Šuk,
Zada Šahdanović , Zanka Zana Boskovic Coven, Zdenka Mlinar,
Željko Funda, Zoran Doderović, Zoran Mimica, Zuzanna Truchlewska
The World Haiku Series continues from December, 2019 until September, 2020. The series is updated five times a week, so five haiku poets appear on the website every week. Each haiku poet appears in alphabetical order of names, with ten haiku, bio, or photos. Ten English haiku are posted with Japanese translation.
Hidenori Hiruta (Member of HAIKU INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION)
Akita International Haiku Network