World Haiku Festival 2002
In September, 2002, World Haiku Festival 2002 was held in Yūwa of Akita City, Akita Prefecture, Japan.
James W. Hackett, Susumu Takiguchi, Alan Summers, Carmen Sterba, Dennis M. Holmes, Janine Beichman, Bruce Ross, 孫順玉, Janine BEICHMAN, Daniel Gallimore, Judit Vihar, Visnja McMaster, Deborah Russell, Debi Bender, Brian Selby, David Barsky, Kirby Record, Katsushi Wada, Matsuko Teraoka, Ikuyo Yoshimura, Eiko Yachimoto, Minako Noma, Kazuhiro Kudo, Tatsuhiko Taira, Hidenori Hiruta, and the other haiku poets participated in the festival.
L-R standing: Matsuko Teraoka, Deborah Russell, Alan Summers, Daniel Gallimore, Susumu Takiguchi, Debi Bender, Matsuo Basho (statue), Judit Vihar, Bruce Ross.
L-R seated: Brian Selby, David Barsky, Visnja McMaster
Alan Summers’ Travelogue
In January 26, 2010, Alan Summers kindly sent his travelogue to the Akita International Haiku Network.
Please check out the sites below, and you will be able to appreciate the travelogue.
5 haiku from his travelogue
the tsukutsukubõshi buzz
of “not yet Autumn”
Toshogu shrine pines
I try to stay as still –
mist and dew
I follow the Mogami River
a present of haiku cards to play
on the long train journey
Tokyo Bullet train –
only three corners
to my bento box
Dennis M. Holmes’ Memory
On January 25, 2010, Hidenori Hiruta received the first mail from Mr. Holmes through Facebook:
Did we perhaps meet at the World Haiku International Conference, 2002, held in Yūwa Town, near Akita? I attended as part of the World Haiku Club.
I enjoyed the area very much. It was September but the fall colors were not yet full. There were many red dragonflies, (akatonbo), as I recall.
Dennis M. Holmes (my haigou, “chibi”)
Our friendship renewed then.
He really loves Japan and Haiku.
Please check out the site below, and you will find how Dennis enjoyed haiku.
5 haiku by Dennis M. Holmes
Golden Rice ―
Open the lunch Box
Light up the AKITA
Red dragon fly stay
On the fox shrine
The slope of hills
Fields of flowers
I will roll on
Dennis also presented a photo of cherry blossom-viewing during his another trip to Japan.
6 shahai/photo haiku and 4 unpublished haiku by Alan Summers
Shahai/photo haiku and the single line poems are very meaningful, ingenious, and expressive.
We sincerely hope that they will get more popular and more universal in the future.
About the following Posting
The Akita International Haiku Network is also going to introduce Japanese haiku from the following posting on, if possible.