The World Haiku Series began in 2019, when 330 years passed since Matsuo Bashō (1644–1694) visited Kisakata on the evening of August 1, 1689. Now, the statue of Bashō is erected with the statue of Seishi in the garden of Kammanji Temple in Kisakata, Nikaho City, Akita Prefecture. If Bashō were to be there, the greatest master of haiku would be greatly surprised to find that haiku is loved all over the world. In 2019, feeling most grateful to haiku friends in the world for having sent their haiku to the Japan-Russia Haiku Contest from 2012 through 2018, the Akita International Haiku Network started a new project “World Haiku Series 2019”, celebrating the 330th anniversary of Bashō’s visit to Kisakata. As a result, 212 haiku friends willingly sent 2,120 haiku to this series from 43 countries. They also kindly and delightedly sent their photos, photo haiku, or haiga to us. Now, as a token of our gratitude to our friends for their great contribution and their deep love of haiku, we give the project “World Haiku Series 2021” this year too. We sincerely hope that haiku poets, or haiku lovers will share and appreciate haiku with each other, and that they will deepen mutual understanding through each other’s literary works on this website.
Title: World Haiku Series 2021
Aims: To share haiku with haiku friends all over the world, and to appreciate each other’s haiku
- 10 of your favorite English haiku are sent, but only the haiku written in 2021.
- Photo haiku are also OK.
- It is no problem whether published or unpublished.
- Haiku appear with their Japanese translations on the website of the Akita International Haiku Network.
Bio: Please add your brief bio, or your recent report, and your photo.
Photo: Please add your favorite photos of birds, flowers, or anything, if possible.
Deadline: November 30, 2021
E-mail: Please send your haiku to the address below.
Organizer: The Akita International Haiku Network
Sponsors: Akita Prefectural Government, Akita International University, Akita Prefectural Board of Education, Akita City, Akita City Board of Education, The Akita Sakigake, The Haiku International Association, and The Committee to Register Haiku as UNESCO World Heritage.
Hidenori Hiruta: firstname.lastname@example.org