Dear Friends of the Akita International Haiku Network,
Thank you for your enthusiasm and support these past 10 years. During these 10 years, we feel as though we have helped spread the joy and satisfaction of composing haiku to people all over the word—whether that may be in Japanese, English, Russian, or any other of the beautiful languages that people speak.
Every year, we looked forward to reading your haiku, which made us feel close to you as poets and as people.
It is bittersweet, but AIHN will not be hosting an 11th Akita International Haiku Contest. “Sweet” because of the satisfaction we have from being able to keep the contest going for 10 years, but “bitter” because it will be sad to lose the connection we felt with the contest participants.
We are still dedicated to composing haiku and sharing our love of Japanese poetry, but due to various private matters on behalf of the contest organizers and judges, we will not to be able to continue the contest. It is cancelled.
Please be assured we are all happy and healthy; it’s just various life circumstances that are causing the cancellation!
Keep writing haiku!