Let haiku be on the UNESCO list!

 

On August 2, 1689, Matsuo Basho visited Kisakata, Akita, where he composed his haiku.

象潟や雨に西施がねぶの花

Here is the English translation by Keene Donald (鬼怒鳴門).

Kisakata―

Seishi sleeping in the rain,

Wet mimosa blossoms.

 

Now in Kisakata, adonises and red camellias are in full bloom.

 

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More than 300 years have passed since 松尾芭蕉 ( Matsuo Basho )(1644-1694) wrote奥の細道』(Oku no Hosomichi), ‘The Narrow Road to Oku’ , a major work of haibun by the Japanese poet Matsuo Bashō .

Basho could not have dreamed of how far and wide in the world haiku is loved.

 

According to THE Haiku FOUNDATION, there are contests held in 2014, or 2015 as follows.

http://thehaikufoundation.org/calendar/calendar_contests.htm

January :  Haiku Poets of Northern California – Rengay

                   The British Haiku Awards

                   Genjuan International Haibun Contest 2015

                   The Haiku Canada Betty Drevniok Award

February:  The With Words Summer Competition: Haiku Section

                  Haiku Society of America Lionel Einbond Renku Competition

                 Sharpening of the Green Pencil Haiku Contest 2015

                 ITO EN Oi Ocha Haiku Contest

March:    The Snapshot Press eChapbook Awards

                The Vladimir Devide Haiku Award

                Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Haiku Invitational

               European Quarterly Spring Kukai

               Robert Spiess Memorial Haiku Award Competition

               The 17th Apokalipsa Haiku Contest

               Nicholas A. Virgilio Memorial Haiku Competition

               Mildred Kanterman Memorial Merit Book Awards

               Annual Hortensia Anderson Memorial Awards

               Romanian Haiku Contest 2014

April:      Kaji Aso Studio Annual Haiku Contest

                The UHTS “aha” (Annual Hortensia Anderson Memorial Awards)

                for haiku/senryu

May:      The New Zealand Poetry Society’s Annual International Poetry Competition

                Klostar Ivanić Haiku Contest, Croatia [for details: dvrozic (at)optinet (dot) hr]

                Annual Yuki Teikei Haiku Society Kiyoshi & Kiyoko Tokutomi Memorial

                 Haiku Contest

June:      The Peggy Willis Lyles Haiku Award

                Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Haiku Invitational

      European Quarterly Summer Kukai

    Pumpkin Festival Haiku Competition, Ivanić Grad, Croatia 2015

    The Third Japan-Russia Haiku Contest

                 Tanka Society of America International Tanka Contest

July:      The Snapshot Press Book Awards

               The Snapshot Press eChapbook Awards

               Haiku Society of America Haibun Awards

               Harold G. Henderson Awards for Haiku

               Gerald Brady Memorial Awards for Senyru

August:    The Francine Porad Award for Haiku 2015

               UHTS “Fleeting Words” Tanka Contest

               Penumbra Haiku Contest

September: Annual Mainichi Daily News Haiku Contest

               European Quarterly Autumn Kukai

              Janice M Bostok Haiku Prize

              Haiku International Association (HIA) Annual Haiku Competition

October:   Haiku Poets of Northern California – Haiku, Senryu, Tanka

              Polish International Haiku Competition

              Haiku Presence Award

November: The Heron’s Nest Illustration Contest

              The Snapshot Press Book Awards

              Irish Haiku Society International Haiku Competition 2014

December:  Annual Jerry Kilbridge Memorial English-Language Haibun Contest

             European Quarterly Winter Kukai

             Golden Triangle Haiku Contest

             Fujisan Haiku 2014 (Haiku on Mt. Fuji)

             Iris Little Haiku Contest 2015

             The Haiku Foundation’s Touchstone Awards for Individual Poems

             The Haiku Foundation’s Touchstone Book Awards

 

On September 23, 2014, the Akita International Haiku Network published the yearly pamphlet “Akita-The Land of Poetry”,詩の国秋田-2014.9 vol.6in the hope that haiku should be added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list.

Hidenori Hiruta, the Secretary General of the Akita International Haiku Network wrote the article “Let haiku be on the UNESCO list!”

Hiruta hopes that haiku will spread further worldwide if it is included in UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list.

In the article, Hiruta refers to the latest trend that senryu and tanka have been paid more attention to among haikuists or haiku lovers in the world.

Through the website of the Akita International Haiku Network, Hiruta has found that the fixed page “What are haiku, senryu and tanka?” has had more and more visitors recently, to 4,427 ones.

In addition, the article “What are haiku, senryu and tanka?” has appeared in the English version of “Senryu (川柳) Wikipedia, which you can see on the website below.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Senry%C5%AB

Hiruta sincerely hopes that senryu and tanka will become more familiar worldwide when haiku is added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list.

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Lastly, let me show you an e-mail sent to Hiruta from Djurdja Vukelic Rozic, Principal editor of haiku magazine IRIS, Croatia, who is a haiku friend of mine.
On June 28, 2014, Djurdja wrote to Hiruta, wishing for “Haiku in the UNESCO list!”

 

Thank you, dear Hidenori-san,

I entirely forgot to send a note and did not even recognize your e-mail address.

Always hurrying, so please accept my apology.

 

Thank you for everything you’ve done for Croatian authors,

many of them being my old and even some new brothers and sisters in haiku.

Thank God for haiku for it enriched my life in a way I could not dream of long time ago,

once when we all were young…

 

I sincerely hope haiku will soon be on the UNESCO’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity,

for it connects people in the most wonderful way I can think of.

 

With best regards from sunny Croatia,

sincerely

Djurdja

 

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By Hidenori Hiruta

 

 

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Kala Ramesh is a poet in India, who writes haiku, tanka, haibun, senryu and renku.

 

 

 

Here are tanka written by Kala Ramesh.

 

sugarcane sticks out

from bullock carts

I sense its sweetening

my baby, feeling you

through my stomach wall

 

サトウキビが突き出ている

雄牛の引く荷馬車から

私はそれが甘くなるのを感じます

私の赤ちゃん、あなたを感じます

胃壁を通して

 

 

the weight

of the monsoon river

tumbling down…

the blind girl’s smile

as she sees with her ears

 

重さ

季節風の川の

転がり落ちている...

目の見えない女の子の微笑み

彼女が耳で見る時

 

 

she wears

silk saris with grace

bound into a cocoon

should the silk worm be burnt

alive for that?

 

彼女は身につけている

シルクのサリーを優美に

縛られて繭と化す

シルクの虫は焼かれるべきか

生きたまま?

 

 

mutely facing

the word ‘sorry’

so much between us

all we need to do is look

into each other’s eyes

 

黙って正視している

‘ごめんなさい’という言葉を

私たちの間にはとっても多くのことが

しなくちゃならないことの全ては

ただお互いの目を見つめ合うこと

 

 

the red dot

on my forehead

binds me

to a man

who’s in his own orbit

 

赤い点

私の額の上に

私を結ぶ

男に

彼の軌道にいる

 

 

The next posting ”’ Senryu by Kala Ramesh in India» appears on December 1.

 

 

 蛭田秀法Hidenori Hiruta

 

Kala Ramesh is a poet in India, who writes haiku, tanka, haibun, senryu and renku.

 

 

 

Here are tanka written by Kala Ramesh.

 

Ganga

melting from glaciers

becomes

the waterness of water…

I take the holy dip

 

ガンジス川

氷河から溶け

成る

水の中の水に

私は聖なる水にちょっと浸る

 

 

the ganga rumbling

through mountains and plains

joins the ocean…

the weight of my womb

even after menopause

 

ガンジス川がゴウゴウと音を立てて流れている

山々や平原を通って

大洋に合流する...

私の子宮の重さ

更年期の後でさえ

 

 

rain catchers

near our banyan tree

here and there

leaves of the pond lotus

roll raindrops moons

 

雨をとらえる物

私たちのベンガルボダイジュに近づく

あちこちで

池のハスの葉

雨滴の月を転がす

 

 

illusions ride

on a fast fading rainbow

somewhere there

I let go of my childhood…

I must have

 

幻が乗る

直ぐ消えていく虹の上に

どこかそこあたりに

私は子供時代を放してしまう...

持っていなければ

 

 

I look at the blue sea

and the blue sky

in wonder…

gently they turn

into night

 

青い海を見る

そして青空を

驚異の中で...

ゆるやかにそれらは向きを変える

夜の中へ

 

 

The next posting ‘’ Tanka by Kala Ramesh in India (3)” appears on November 24.

 

 

 蛭田秀法Hidenori Hiruta

 

Kala Ramesh is a poet in India, who writes haiku, tanka, haibun, senryu and renku. Her haiku are highly appreciated and deeply loved on our website.

 

 

 

Firstly, let me post some haiku by Kala Ramesh, which are very popular among readers or audience on our website.

 

new year’s eve
all that I could have left
unsaid . . .

 

大晦日

残してきたことのありうること全て

言わないまま...

 

 

feeling as if
on a summer cloud …
hill temple

 

夏の雲の上にいるような感じ...

山寺

 

 

the waterfall rock-tumbling speckled rhythms

 

滝  岩を転がり落ちる  点々としたリズム

 

 

trying to know me
deep within me

autumn day

 

私を知ろうとしている

私の心の中の奥深く

秋の日

 

 

wading through
leaves
 
… with each step
the thoughts

 

歩いている

葉の中を通って...一歩毎に

よぎる思い

 

 

desert sands …
I enter the whole
of nothingness

 

砂漠の砂...

私は全体に入る

無の中に

 

Bio (2)

Kala Ramesh is the deputy editor-in-chief of The World Haiku Review, the official magazine of the World Haiku Club; is a member of the editorial team of Modern English Tanka Press’s new anthology, Take Five: The Best Contemporary Tanka 2008/2009/2010, is on the panel of the literary e-journal Muse India, for the areas of haiku and short verse [http://www.museindia.com/[http://www.museindia.com/viewteam.asp?id=643] .

Since April 2009, she has acted as Katha’s Poetry Editor and, in this capacity, edited an e-book of haiku, senryu, haibun, tanka, and haiga encompassing the work of 35 Indian haiku poets–the first such book to come from an Indian publishing house!

Katha is a New Delhi, India based non profit that uses storytelling to improve literacy as well as educate children from underserved communities. Started in 1988 with storytelling and publishing as the heart of its work, Katha has developed an innovative teaching pedagogy that has reached out to thousands of children in Delhi, Haryana and Arunachal Pradesh.

 

 

カーラ・ラメッシュの紹介(2)

 

世界俳句クラブの公式の刊行物である世界俳句レビューの編集長代行。現代英語短歌プレスの新作品集『五首をとる:2008、2009、2010の各年の一番優れた現代短歌』の編集チームの一員。俳句と短詩のための文芸eジャーナルのミューズ・インドの審査委員団の委員(各ホームページ参照)。

2009年からキャサの詩の編集長として活動し、俳句、川柳、俳文、短歌、そして俳画のe-bookを編集。e-book には35人のインドの俳人の作品が含まれている。このような本はインドの出版界に初めて現れたものでした。

キャサはインドのニューデリーを本拠とする非営利組織で物語を話すことを活用し、子供たちの識字力を高め、ふさわしくない社会集団の出身の子たちを教育しています。

1998年物語を話すことその出版を活動の中心として発足、キャサは革新的な教授法を開発し、デリー、ハリアナ、そしてアルナチャル=プラデーシュの数千人の子供たちに手を差し伸べている。

 

Lastly, I would like to present you with Kala Ramesh’s latest tanka.

 

Tanka

 

the word kal

in Hindi means both

what’s gone

and what’s to come…

like wearing my six-metre sari

 

A Hundred Gourds 1:3 – Summer 2012 –June

 

カルという単語

ヒンドゥ-語で両方の意味である

去るもの

そして来るもの...

私の6メートルのサリーを着るようなもの

 

 

wasted breath

thinking of things

beyond control

I recollect

father’s constant whistling

 

A Hundred Gourds 1:3 – Summer 2012 – June

 

むだな呼吸

何か物事を考えている

抑えがたい

私は回想する

父の絶え間ない口笛を

 

 

after your outburst

I felt your eyes on me

anger brewing

my hand holding the teacup

begins to tremble

 

A Hundred Gourds 1:2 – Spring 2012 – March

 

あなたの爆発の後

私はあなたの視線が私の上に注ぐのを感じる

怒りが醸造する

茶碗を持っている私の手

震え始める

 

 

loneliness

increases a hundredfold

when in a crowd

there’s no one

to stand up for me

 

A Hundred Gourds 1:2 – Spring 2012 – March

 

孤独

百倍に増す

群衆の中にいるときは

誰もいない

味方してくれる人は

 

 

 

The next posting ‘’ Haiku by Kala Ramesh in India (4) appears on November 3.

 

 

 蛭田秀法Hidenori Hiruta

 

Dr. Akito Arima 有馬朗人is President of the Haiku International Association (HIA)国際俳句交流協会(http://www.haiku-hia.com), a nonprofit organization aimed at promoting haiku globally.

Dr. Arima also leads the haiku group Ten’I (Providence)天為(http://haikunet.info).

 

 

 

looking for

something lost ―       

wearing a winter cap

 

失ひしものを探しに冬帽子 

 

This haiku is Dr. Arima’s masterpiece, which was presented to the audience at the international symposium titled Haiku Worldwide – Present and Future.

The symposium was given for the celebration of the 20th anniversary of HIA on November 28, 2009 in Tokyo, informing the audience of the states of haiku in foreign countries.

The symposium became the really special forum as the audience reconsidered what haiku means to them and found a new significance of international haiku

And at last the audience realized the dawn of the new twenty-first century haiku.

In the greeting of HIA homepage, President Akito Arima says as follows:

“The Haiku International Association was established in December 1989 in order to respond to haiku’s worldwide popularity and to promote friendship and exchanges with haiku lovers overseas. Since then, our association has been continuing its activities, concentrating on the introduction of haiku culture, exchanges with international societies and the publication of a magazine.

In today’s world, political, economic and cultural walls are coming down everywhere. The world’s people have joined hands in this. Now they must mutually remove certain walls in their hearts. I am convinced that the mutual understanding derived from the love that different peoples have for haiku will prove very helpful towards the attainment of this goal.

On July 01, 2002, the Haiku International Association has opened its home page. It is my heartfelt wish that the internet will lead to increased exchanges and friendship between haiku lovers overseas and that it will provide a gateway to haiku for those of the general public with an interest in haiku.”

 

The following is the Japanese translations of Dr. Arima’s greeting.

「このような俳句の国際化に対応するために、海外の俳句愛好家との交流・親睦を目的として、1989年12月に「国際俳句交流協会」が設立されました。以来、協会は俳句文化の紹介・国際組織との連携・機関誌の発行を中心に、活発な活動を続けております。政治的にも、経済的にも、そして文化的にも、今や世界の壁は取り払われようとしています。すべての国の人々がともに手を携えて前進するには、お互いの心の中にある壁も取り去らなければなりません。多くの民族に愛される俳句を通じての相互理解が、そのために大いに役立つであろうことを、私は確信いたしております。
 国際俳句交流協会では、2002年7月1日にホームページを開設し、インターネットを利用して、海外の俳句愛好家との交流や会員同士の親睦がますます盛んになることはもちろん、俳句に興味をお持ちになられている一般の方々からのアクセスを、心から願ってやみません。」

http://www.haiku-hia.com

info_hia@haiku-hia.com

The other day Ms. Hana Fujimoto (藤本はな, a leading staff at HIA, sent me the following mail, telling me about the news of haiku festival and haiku conference:

 蛭田 秀法様

日頃は当協会に温かなご支援を頂き誠に有難うございます。
本年もどうぞよろしくお願い申し上げます。

さきほど、カリフォルニア州のukiahaiku の資料を転送させていただきました。ご興味があればどうぞよろしくお願い致します。今年は夏に、ワシントン州でHaiku North Americaの会議があり、また、ヨーロッパでは、若い俳人大高翔さんの俳句塾を予定しています。

世界中で俳句を通じた交流が益々盛んになることを念じております。今後ともよろしくご教示下さいますようお願いを申しあげます。

国際俳句交流協会 事務局 藤本 はな

 FYI

—– Original Message —–

From: Roberta Werdinger

To: ; Haiku International Association

Sent: Saturday, January 01, 2011 9:20 AM

Subject: 9th annual UkiaHaiku competition – 2nd reminder

 

Dear friends,
The 9th annual ukiaHaiku writing competition is underway. Attached and below are reminder notices for the Jane Reichhold International Prize. Please make this information available to your community. And please consider posting a link to our festival website, http://www.ukiahaiku.org/, on your own. 
Many thanks, and happy new year… 
For the Ukia Haiku Festival and Ukiah Poet Laureates Committee. 

Roberta Werdinger 

Writer, Publicist, Editor 

RWerdinger@Yahoo.com

(707)462-5642
http://www.ukiahaiku.org/ 
 

 

ukiaHaiku festival and competition listing 

Ukiah is a northern California town whose name, backwards, spells “haiku.” In 2011 the City of Ukiah will hold its ninth annual competition and festival. 

The competition encourages local, national, and international submissions to the Jane Reichhold International Prize category.

Website Address:                              www.ukiahaiku.org

Fee:                                             $5 for up to three haiku

Limit:                                           Maximum 3 haiku per person

                                       (only 1 haiku/person/category may win an award)

Eligibility:                                            Age 19 and over

Start date for submissions:              Saturday, January 1, 2011

Postmark Deadline                            Friday, March 18, 2011

Festival Ceremony                  Sunday, May 1, 2011 (announcement of winners)

Submission Guidelines 

If submitting via the online form:
1) On or after January 1, 2011, go to
www.ukiahaiku.org, click on “submit your haiku” and then “the online form.” Follow instructions on the form.

2) If our PayPal payment form is live by then, you can send your payment electronically. Otherwise, send the fee (US check or international money order) by snail mail to ukiaHaiku festival, PO Box 865, Ukiah, CA 95482. Clearly indicate the author’s name of the haiku submission for which the payment is intended.

If submitting via snail mail:
 1) On or after January 1, 2011, go to www.ukiahaiku.org, click on “submit your haiku” and then “the printed form (pdf)”; download the form. Follow instructions on the form. Mail along with your fee.

Deadline: Friday, March 11, 2011 (postmark or email date)

Judging: Jane Reichhold will judge the Jane Reichhold International Prize category. 

Awards: $100 first place, $50 second place, $25 third place, plus a small booklet of winning poems and publication in that booklet.

Festival and Awards Ceremony: Sunday, May 1, 2011, 2 p.m. Winners are strongly encouraged to attend the festival to read their poems (winners will be contacted in advance of the festival date). Out-of-towners might consider visiting the many world-class tourist destinations surrounding Ukiah–inland wine country and redwood forests, or the Mendocino Coast (a 1-1/2 hour drive from Ukiah) before or after the festival.

 

In her mail Ms. Hana Fujimoto referred to HNA 2011 conference, about which Mr. Michael Rehling (マイケル・レーリング),  founder of Haiku Michigan, also did in the following message through the Facebook page: 

 

Haiku North America!!! Same great meeting, new location!!

 

Michael Rehlingさん24 8:22 返信報告

It’s confirmed! HNA will now be held August 3-7, 2011 in Seattle, Washington, at Seattle Center, by the Space Needle. Details? Visit the HNA Facebook page or www.haikunorthamerica.com. The Blue Angels will even be performing overhead for Seafair festival the same weekend! We’ll visit Pike Place Market via monorail, and take a harbor cruise on Sunday. Great speakers are already lined up too! Can you join us?
Haiku North America
www.haikunorthamerica.com
 
  

 

Visiting the homepage of Haiku North America, to my great nice surprise, I found photos of some haiku friends of mine.

I would like to show you a few photos of them and their haiku here.

 

 

 

Ms. Emiko Miyashita宮下恵美子, a leading staff of HIA and a dojin, a leading member of haiku group Ten’I (Providence)天為led by Dr. Akito Arima, contributed her haiku to New Year’s Haiku Festival by Akita International Haiku Network.

And Ms. Miyashita is going to visit India to give haiku teaching and haiku recitation at Tagore Hall for the students at Tagore University in the end of February.

 

 the first page
                       of my diary
            
  already Saturday
 

初日記すでに土曜でありにけり  

  

 from deep inside
 my down-filled pillow
         
                            the first caw                    

     羽毛枕すっぽりかぶり初鴉 

 

Here is another photo of my haiku friends.

 

 

 

Ms. Fay Aoyagi (青柳飛) is a member of Haiku Society of America, Haiku Poets of Northern California (http://www.hpnc.org) and a dojin of two Japanese haiku groups: Ten’I (Providence) led by Dr. Akito Arima and Aki (Autumn) led by Mr. Masami Sanuka.  

Ms. Aoyagi also contributed her haiku to our New Year’s Haiku Festival.

 

New Year’s Day

              a rabbit arrives in the ship       

from the Moon Palace

 

元旦や月の宮より兎来る 

 

New Year’s Day mirror

                 learning how to smile         

from a potbelly Buddha

 

初鏡大黒様に笑み習ふ 

 

Mr. Michael Dylan Welchマイケル・ディラン・ウエルチ is in the photo above with Ms. Fay Aoyagi.

Mr. Welch has written haiku since 1976. He’s a longtime vice president of the Haiku Society of America, cofounded Haiku North America in 1991 and the American Haiku Archives in 1996, and founded the Tanka Society of America in 2000.

Mr. Welch also contributed his haiku to our New Year’s Haiku Festival.

 

first dream–

                           the way home                

perfectly clear

 

初夢や身綺麗にして里帰り 

 

New Year’s Day–

                 the phone ringing in time        

with the temple bell

 

元日や時鐘とともに電話鳴る

 

HNA says in the homepage as follows:

 

The conference theme will be “Fifty Years of Haiku,” celebrating the past, present, and future of haiku in North America. The deadline for proposals has been extended to February 28, 2011 (http://www.haikunorthamerica.com/pages/next.html), but sooner is better. Proposals do not have to fit the theme. If you’ve already submitted a proposal, please confirm with Michael Dylan Welch at WelchM@aol.com that you can come to Seattle on the new dates. Speakers already include Cor van den Heuvel, Richard Gilbert, David Lanoue, Carlos Colón, Fay Aoyagi, Jim Kacian, Emiko Miyashita, George Swede, and many others.

 

Last of all, we sincerely hope that haiku will spread out to the world more and more through ukiaHaiku Festival 2011 and the HNA 2011 conference.

 

 The next posting ‘Haiku World of Patricia Lidia in Romania’ appears on February 19.

 

― Hidenori Hiruta

Member of HIA and haiku group Ten’I (Providence)天為 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

The last day, we received a mail of congratulations on the New Year’s festival from William Sorlien’s rabbit in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.

The rabbit says, “Thank you for celebrating the Rabbit Year at a great party.”

 

 

 

And at last the rabbits went back home, leaving their message.

 

 

 

The last poetry recitation included the following haiku and tanka.

 

 

Alan Summers (UK)     アラン ・サマーズ (イギリス)

 

sky shift                空の変化
a Chinese lantern
         中国のランタン
hits the moon
           月を打つ

  

  

the party trick           おはこ         
a Regency England tale    摂政時代の英国の話
of the New Year           新年の

 

 

Yasushi Sato (Japan)        佐藤康(日本)

 

The new year starts 

when the seasonal wind comes      烈風の海渡り来て年明くる

roaring over the sea 

 

 

New year days 

four generations get together        年迎ふ居久根の中の四世代

in an old Igune 

 

* Igune is a ciecle of large cedars surrounds houses 

   scattered in the paddy field. 

 

 

RAM KRISHNA SINGH (India) ラム・クリシュナ・シン (インド)

   

  

Haiku:               俳句  


Brightness of moon              月の明るさ 
the same as when tied the knot–
  結婚した時と同じ
61st New Year
                     61回目の新年

(My Birthday falls on 31 December)
  (私の誕生日は12月31日)

 

Returning home               帰郷
to the swaying of branches–
     枝が揺れている
New year’s wild rain
           新年の激しい雨 
 
 

 Perfume of wine–                                     ワインの芳香

remembering the bouquet    花束を思い出しながら  

 

 she gave me once           彼女が昔くれた

   

 
Tanka:                                                短歌                                         
 
No cakes or cookies         ケーキもクッキーもない
to celebrate my birthday     私の誕生日を祝うために
this New Year eve          今年の大晦日
lunar eclipse and blue moon   月食とブルームーンが 
cheer the cup in foggy chill  霧の冷気の中で杯に歓声を送る  
 
(December 31, 2009)        (2009年12月31日)
    

 

T. A. Smith (USA)                   T.A.スミス (アメリカ)         

 

one loss yet                 さらに一つ失う

blessing—my eldest           幸福の恵み ― 最年長の 

graduates                   私の卒業生たち 

 

 

heavy snow at dusk              夕暮れの大雪 

blankets bough and path—at dawn,    枝と道を覆う ― 夜明け 

new year rabbit tracks               新年の兎が足跡をつける 

 

 

William Sorlien (USA)               ウイリアム ・ソーリアン (アメリカ)

 

new winds,                        新風、 
wet leaves and scudding cloud;
     濡れた葉とちぎれ雲;
rabbits escape the moon
          兎たちが月から逃げる

 

new arrivals;                 
 新着;
dimly, from distant trains;     遠く離れた汽車から、かすかに;
song of the qeej                 クイージの歌 
 
   

  

coffee and lefse;               コーヒーとレフセ;
the grandfather clock
          おじいさんの時計
strikes nine
                 9時を打つ

 

 Barbara A Taylor                 バーバラ  A  テイラー

 (Australia)                          (オーストラリア)

 

New year                           新年 
faded decorations flap
     色あせた飾りがはためいている
on the tori gates
          トルスの門で
 


fortune cookies       
        占いクッキー
promises of good health
       健康の約束
for the bunnies
            ウサちゃんのために

 
 

 

Juhani Tikkanen (Finland)  ジュハニィ ・ティカネン (フィンランド) 

 

snowflakes falling ―     

one of those          降りしきる雪片の一つ三日月が 

a crescent moon

 

 

you had to leave me ―      離れて行く定め  

a candle flickers          蝋燭が揺れている          

a long while              長い間  

 

 

Maria Tirenescu (Romania)        マリア ・ティレネスキュ (ルーマニア)

 

New Year concert –            ニューイヤーコンサート
a boot without shoelace
          靴ひものないブーツ
at the broken paling
           壊れたクイの所で

  

  

the brink of New Year –             新年間際 ―
the woodpecker pecking
         啄木鳥がつついている
an old cherry tree
             古い桜の木を

 

 

Sasa Vazic (Serbia)                    ササ ・ヴァジク (セルビア)     

opening the door               ドアを開ける

at midnight  into a new year     真夜中が新年へ 

a gust of snowflakes           一陣の雪片が 

 

 

on the greeting card              賀状が 

in the postman’s hand            郵便配達人の手に 

a snowflake melts               雪片が溶ける 

 

Michael Dylan Welch       マイケル・ディラン ・ウエルチ

(USA)                   (アメリカ)

 

first dream–

the way home               初夢や身綺麗にして里帰り 

perfectly clear

 

 

New Year’s Day–

the phone ringing in time       元日や時鐘とともに電話鳴る 

with the temple bell

 

 

robert d. Wilson (USA)       ロバート ・d.ウイルソン (アメリカ)

 

summer storm . . .

an old rat lights             夏嵐老鼠の香を灯しけり 

incense

 

 

after dark . . . 

a beggar changing           闇おりて乞食の影の変わりけり 

shadows

 

 

Tad  Wojnicki (Taiwan)          タッド ・ウォジュニシキィ (台湾)

 

Rosh Hashana

squawking fight for         ロシュハシャナ罪滅ぼしに戦えり 

sins to go

 

Previously published in Modern Haibun and Tanka Prose, #1, 2009, ed. Jeffrey Woodward. The haiku refers to the Jewish tradition of casting bread crumbs into a flowing water to symbolically rid oneself of the last year’s sins.

 

 

New Year’s

quiet dawn…             元旦や静穏のうち鳥を焼く

roosters roasting

 

 

Jadran Zalokar (Croatia)    ジャルダン ・ザロカー (ルーマニア)

 

 

A seaside dining room –        海辺の食堂 ―  

Guests dressed in            客が着替える 

Rainy  clouds               雨雲で

 

 

A clock without hands         針のない時計 

Strikes the years             行く年を打って来た 

On the tavern’s wall           酒場の壁に 

 

Jianqing Zheng (USA)         ジアンチン・ジャン (アメリカ) 


tea-drinking

on new year’s day—what else   元日はお茶を立てるにつきにけり 

can I do?

 

 

new year’s eve

snowflakes hush            大晦日雪片黙し時鐘へと 

into the temple bells

 
 

V E R I C A  Z I V K O V I C    ヴェリカ ・ ジヴコヴィシ

(Serbia)                   (セルビア)

 

the snowy peak              富士山の雪の峰 

of Mount Fuji glistens –         白く輝く               

the New Year moon           新年の月に  

 

the New Year moon –          新年の月 

she an he, waiting for the train,   男女二人列車を待つ  

eat the same apple            同じりんごを食べながら 

 

 

Hidenori Hiruta (Japan)                     蛭田 秀法 (日本)

 

First sunrise

surprises the moon rabbit           初日の出月の兎の目覚めけり 

awakening

 

Peter Rabbit

eating vegetables             初夢やピーターラビット菜を食ふ

New Year night’s dream

 

First running

rabbit’s tracks printed         元旦の兎の跡や走り初め 

New Year’s dawn

 

Minoru Kono   (Japan)                              幸野 稔 (日本)  

                                                                 

 

Rising sun- 

Shining through the clouds      叢雲を押し分けて射す初日かな    

On New Year’s Day.

 

New Year stage-

Bravo to the hero,            教え子の新春舞台主役なる

My former student!

 

 

“Autumn of passion”

Let it be my rabbit year’s       「赤秋」を卯年のわれの決意とす

Resolution.

 

 

 

 

The next posting ‘2010 in Review by WordPress.com’appears on January 8. 

 

― Hidenori Hiruta

 

 

On the third day, we refer to the first experiences the moon rabbit had.

What a wonderful experience it is to see the first sunrise of the New Year!

 

 

 

Secondly, the rabbits enjoy the poetry recitation, sharing international haiku with each other.

 

Claire Gardien (France)    クレイア・ガーディアン(フランス) 

  

two thousand eleven             2011年
beginning to count the days
        日のカウントが始まる
of the rabbit year
               兎年の

icycles circle                 つららが取り囲む
the mahonnia’s
              ひいらぎなんてんの
green leaves
                    緑の葉
and,
                           そして、
“crimson crystallised rosehips”
   深紅色の結晶のバラの実を 

 

 

Taro Kunugi (Japan)                 功刀太郎 (日本)

  

like pellets

sparrows blown across orchards 木枯らしやゴミのごと雀飛ばされて 

wintry gust

   

mountains

hastily brushed white           初雪はひと刷け白し山々を

the first snow

 

Rona Laban (USA)      ロナ・ラバン(アメリカ)

 Life is a journey            人生は旅
old cat sleeping on futon 
    老猫が布団の上で眠っている
road in the distance
          道遠し 

 

Fall                          

smoke rising above          煙が立ちのぼっている
red leaves falling to the ground
  赤い葉が地面に落ちる
black dog by my side
         私のそばには黒い犬 

 

Patricia Lidia (Romania)  パトリシア・リデア(ルーマニア)

 

fairytales                     おとぎ話を聞く

in front of the stove –        ストーブの前で 

childhood memories        子供の頃の思い出

 

 on a rabbit’s back           兎の背に乗って

hopping in New Year –        新年に跳んでいる

new resolutions             新しい抱負が 

 

Chen-ou Liu (Canada)           劉鎮歐(カナダ)

 

New Year’s Eve
a white rabbit falls
     大晦日夢にあらはる白兎
into my dream

(Note: 2011 is the Year of the Rabbit, which is said to be fortunate)

注:2011年は兎年で、幸運であると言われている。

 

New Year’s morning
standing before the mirror
  元旦の鏡に映るは我なりや
it’s me, and yet …

Wayne Malcolm (USA)            ウエイン・マルコム(アメリカ)

 

 “Hooves”                      足音

 

Hallowed Christmas Eve         聖なるクリスマスイブ     

Rumbling sound of shoppers’ hooves  買い物客の騒音

Or, St. Nick’s reindeer    それとも、聖ニコラスのトナカイの音か

 

“On the Job with St. Nick”      聖ニコラスと一緒の仕事で

 

Jolly jovial,                 陽気な、陽気な、そんな魂が

Plumb soul brings bags of presents プレゼントの袋を持ってくる

Leave milk and cookies         ミルクとクッキーを置いて行く

 

“The Hope”                        希望

 

I am dreaming of           純白なクリスマスを夢見ている

Christmas white and pure for ALL  全ての人のための

Peace amongst US all        私たち全ての人のために平和を   

 

 

Junko Masuda (Japan)        桝田純子 (日本)

 

one more dream
getting bigger                
 
またひとつ夢ふくらんで年明ける
new year’s day

pray for God
best friend’s miracle
     神様に友の奇跡を祈る元旦(あさ)
of recovery

 

 

Helen McCarthy (UK)               ヘレン・マカーシイ(イギリス)

 

In this quiet glade      リスが遊び、鳥が囀るこの静かな林間の

Where squirrels play and birds sing   空き地では

The year does not end            年は明けない

 

 

We mark an ending:             終わりを印す

Pine cones fall on snow, plum trees  松かさが雪に落ち

Prepare to blossom          梅の花が咲く準備をしている

 

 

John McDonald (UK)    ジョン・マクドナルド(イギリス)

 

 

auld feres lavein  –

snaw faws

fouin thair fitprents

 

old friends leaving  – 

snow falls            旧友のゆく足跡に雪が降る

filling their footprints

 

auld monk

tentie o the veesitors  –

wund yerks’s baird

  

old monk

watching the visitors  –  客を見る老僧のひげ風が引く

wind tugs his beard

 

Maya Melivyanti       マヤ・メリヴァヤンティ

(Indonesia)                    (インドネシア)

 

 

Spring in December             12月の春

A year has passed by             年の暮れ           

the flowers bloom in your eyes   あなたの目に花が咲く
spring in December              12月の春

New Year                      新年

the wind still dancing        風がまだ舞っている 
a glimpse of you in my mind 心の中にあなたがちらっと浮かぶ
when the rain will stop?      雨がやむのはいつかしら

a morning prayer
The still of mind in silent
    朝祈る心静かに年明ける

a new year has come

 

 

Emiko Miyashita (Japan)            宮下惠美子 (日本)

the first page
of my diary
           初日記すでに土曜でありにけり  
already Saturday         

from deep inside
my down-filled pillow
     羽毛枕すつぽりかぶり初鴉   
the first caw                             

Vasile Moldovan (Romania) ヴァシル・モルドヴァン(ルーマニア)

First dream of the year:
to melt I myself in your arms
   初夢や雪片のごと腕の中
just like a snowflake

First shadows
on the way home-         
New Year full moon

 新年の満月を見る初の影

Cristina-Monica Moldoveanu クリスティナ・M・モルドヴィーヌ

Romania)              (ルーマニア)

 

New Year’s snow –

last night’s cinders  新年の雪昨夜の灰暖炉を満たす

fill the fireplace

 

day breaking

another globe fell    黎明やクリスマスツリーから別世界

from the Christmas tree

 

Christmas alone –        クリスマス

the old man wears shoes   老人が靴を履く 

with new laces          新しいひもをつけて

 

The next posting ‘International Haiku New Year’s Festival (Part 4)’ appears on January 4.

 

                                                            ― Hidenori Hiruta

 

Minoru KONO (幸野稔), Professor Emeritus, Akita University, is a tanka poet.

His tanka was exhibited at the AIU Festival 2010 held on October 10-11 at Akita International University(国際教養大学).

 

 

Emeritus Professor KONO says in his brief bio as follows:

 

Biodata about KONO Minoru

 

In my high school and university days, I secretly wrote tanka poems and sent some works to be chosen by Akita Sakigake Newspaper Tanka Column once in a while.  After graduating from university in 1961, I became an English teacher.  Then I was encouraged to join Akita Rinkan led by FUJIWARA Eizo.  Under his guidance I tried to compose tanka regularly, but gave up before long.

 

My long slumber as a tanka poet was broken off in summer 1985, when I visited England.  Wordsworth’s world featured by undulating green hills and the Lake District revived poems in my mind.  Thus I contributed my tanka works every month to Kanryu led by ICHINOSEKI Yoshimi and to Seiran led by SHIMADA Shuji.  Thanks to their guidance, I learned to appreciate and compose tanka poems as literature.  After their deaths, however, I found it difficult to maintain the quantity of my tanka composition, and left Kanryu and Seiran after all.

 

Still, composing tanka poems, though unproductively, is one of my favourite pastimes, especially after my retirement from public office in 2004.  Now I am a member of Asahikawa Tanka Study Group, a community-based mini-group.  Gathering once a month, we enjoy discussing each other’s works and study about how to improve tanka expressions.  Why don’t you join us?

 

E-mail: mkono@zpost.plala.or.jp     

Tel/Fax: 018-868-1691
 
 
 

 

 

 

幸野 稔 歌歴

 

 高校生から大学生の頃、秘かに短歌をひねり、秋田さきがけ歌壇に投稿して、時折載せていただいておりました。1961年に大学を卒業後、英語教師となりましたが、『秋田林間』の主宰の藤原永三氏に勧められて同結社に入会しました。氏のご指導のもとで定期的に短歌を作るよう努めましたが、間もなく壁に突き当たり、実作から遠ざかってしまいました。

 転機は1985年夏の英国旅行の折に訪れました。なだらかな緑の丘や湖水地方といったワーズワースの世界は、長く休眠していた私の歌心を呼び覚ましてくれたのです。それから、一関吉美氏主宰の『寒流』と島田修二氏主宰の『青藍』に毎月欠かさずに詠草を送るようにしました。両氏のご指導により、文学としての短歌の鑑賞と実作を学ぶことができました。しかしながら、両氏の死後、私の出詠数を維持するのが困難となり、結局両結社から離れることになりました。

  とは言え、寡作ながら短歌創作は私の趣味の一つであり、特に2004年の定年退職後は最大の心の慰めとなっております。現在は旭川短歌研究会の会員として、こじんまりとした毎月の歌会を楽しみとしております。私達はより良い短歌表現を目指して合評を重ねてきました。皆さんの入会をお待ちしております。

 

 

Emeritus Professor KONO presented his tanka recitation to the audiences at the AIU festival.

 

 

 

Here I present his tanka to you.

 

 

TankaVerse Works                                                拙詠 

KONO, Minoru                                                     幸野 稔

 

 

(1988 NHK学園短歌東北大会選者特選)

 

The holidays over,

My dear son hurried back                      疾風のごとく帰省子は去りゆきて 

On the wings of the wind,                                  花びらはつかに残る葉桜

Leaving some tiny petals

In the leafy cherry tree.

 

 

Farewell Poems for 2007 AFS                                  2007年度AFS秋田支部

Akita Chapter Recipient Students                            受入生の帰国に際して詠める

 

 

(For Tom from Australia)                                        (オーストラリア年間生トムに)

 

“I love Canberra,

My beautiful hometown,”                               キャンベラは美しい街と語りたる 

Says Tom smiling,                                             愛郷少年トムの笑顔よ 

His student days over

Here in snowy Akita.

 

 

(For Mengying from China)                                    (中国年間生モンインに)

 

It is now so nice

To see you smiling, Mengying,                       懐郷の愁いを見せしモンインは 

A high school girl                                    今ぞ笑顔の少女となれる 

Who used to look homesick

On arriving here in Akita.

 

 

(For Yejee from the Republic of Korea)                   (韓国年間生イェジに)

 

Write a novel, Yejee,                    

Based on your student days                    この町に学びし日日を小説に書き 

Here in Akita                                          給えそを読むまで生きたし

I would like to live

Until I read it.

 

 

(For Julius from USA)                         (アメリカ合衆国セメスター生ジュリアスに)

 

Have a dream, Julius,

Remembering Reverend King,                    差別無き国を目指ししキング師を 

Who aimed at making                             偲びて君も夢を持つべし

Your country a land

Without discrimination.

 

 

Farewell Poems for 2009 AFS                               2009年度AFS秋田支部

Akita Chapter Recipient Students                        受入生の帰国に際して詠める

 

Here is a photo of Luca, Professor Kono, and Julia at the AIU Festival 2009.

 

 

 

(For Luca from Switzerland)                                            (スイス年間生ルカに)

 

His one-year study

In Akita bearing fruit,                     一年(ひととせ)の学び実りて日本語を 

Luca, a Swiss boy,                                                       かくも巧みに操れるルカ

Has now acquired Japanese

With such a wonderful skill.

 

 

(For Daniela from Argentina)                        (アルゼンチン年間生ダニエラに)

 

Smiling all over,

Danie is pounding steamed rice        満面の笑みもて杵(きね)を振り上ぐる

With a mallet,                                                           ダニーと相取りせるホストパパ

Her host daddy beside

Kneading the pounded rice for her.

 

(For Julia from USA)                                  (アメリカ合衆国セメスター生ジュリアに)

 

One of the schoolgirls

Of the holy light, Julia                        小雪舞う駅前広場下校せる

Is walking back home                          光の子らの一人なるジュリア

Through the station plaza,

A light snow dancing about.

 

Composed in November, 2010                           近詠(201011月)

 

 

Calling me “Grandpa,”

In a rising tone,                                「ジッタン」と語尾上げわれを呼びながら

A one-year-old boy                                         居間駆け回る一歳の児は

Is running around

In the living room.

 

 

The next posting ‘International Haiku New Year’s Festival 2011 (Part 1)’ appears on January 1, 2011.

I wish you a Happy New Year!

 

 

Hidenori  Hiruta

 

In the posting this time, I take up AIU Festival 2010 held on October 10-11 at Akita International University(国際教養大学)and the haiku presentation by students at the AIU class of Japanese literature.

 

AIU Festival 2010 (Part 3)

 

The theme is shown in the following photos:

 

 

 

 

Here is a photo of those who enjoyed the festival.

 

 

Our network participated in the festival with the title:俳句とHAIKU INTERNATIONAL HAIKU.

We exhibited haiku poems and haiga paintings contributed to our website by AIU professors, students, and other haiku poets worldwide. We also gave live art of haiga painting and poetry recitation.

During the festival, we enjoyed haiku, haiga painting, and recitations with students, teachers and visitors.

 

Minoru KONO(幸野稔), a tanka poet, gave a tanka recitation for audiences.

 

 

 

Masuda Junko (桝田純子), a haiku poet, gave a haiku recitation too

 

 Haiku Presentaion (Part 3)

 

Professor Alexander Dolin teaches Japanese Literature and Civilization Studies at AIU. He also writes haiku.

 

 

 

Recently Professor Alexander Dolin took up haiku in his class of Japanese Literature, where I participated in the haiku presentation by students as a referee on November 15.

His students kindly contributed their haiku to our netwotk, which I post in the website, dividing them into three parts.

 

 

Gaku Kanno (管野岳) 

 

缶コーヒー広がる湯気と白い息

Kan kouhei  hirogaru yuge to  shiroi iki 

 

 A can of coffee 

steam, and white breath

spreading

  

 

紅葉狩落ち葉の絨毯踏みしめて

Momijigari  ochiba no juutan  fumishimete

 

Hike in autumn colors

stepping on the carpet

fallen leaves

 

 

古き良き古典片手に秋の夜

Furuki yoki  koten katate ni  aki no yoru

 

 Autumn night 

passing with good classics in

my left hand

 

 

秋告げた赤黄の木の葉枯れ落ちて

Aki tsugeta  akagi no konoha  kare ochite

 

Red and yellow leaves 

tell the coming of fall

already gone

 

 

最期まで立派に騒げ秋の蝿

Saigo made  rippa ni sawage  aki no hae

 

Till the end 

make a lot of noise ― 

the fall fly

 

Christine Omiya

 

 

Losing its white form

and with the sun’s radiance

snow melts into spring

 

白き雪日の輝きに春と化す

Shiroki yuki  hi no kagayaki ni  haru to kasu

 

 

From the freezing trees

fall leaves glide down to the ground

chilled by the strong winds

 

凍てし木々秋の葉滑る風の中

Iteshi kigi  aki no ha suberu  kaze no naka

 

A new moon tonight

to illuminate the dark

Are the city’s lights

 

新月の暗やみ照らす街の灯や

Shingetsu no  kurayami terasu  machi no hi ya

 

His body shivers

he cannot win against it

war with the cold night

 

身の震え夜の寒さと戦えり

Mino furue  yoru no samusa to  tatakaeri

 

 

Fresh rain of spring falls

thirsty flowers soak it up

dropped by passing clouds

 

雲降らす春の雨かな花ひたる

Kumo furasu  haru no ame kana  hana  hitaru

 

 

 

Jae Kim

 

 

In the morning

the sight of taxis and business people bustling

near Shinjuku Station

 

せわしさや新宿駅の朝景色

Sewashisa ya  Shinjuku eki no  asageshiki

 

 

A winter night

a pillar of smoke

rising from the quiet campsite

 

冬の夜キャンプサイトの煙草かな

Fuyu no yoru  kyanpusaito no  tabako kana

 

 

Hassled by the dead line

the salary man

drank one shot after another

 

締め切りやサラリーマンの一気飲み

Shimekiri ya  sarari-man no  ikki nomi

 

 

The furious boss

dictatorially

stands above frightened employees

 

独裁や恐れる社員ボスに伏す

Dokusai ya  osoreru shain  bosu ni fusu

 

A drunken student

on a bench

in the park

 

花見酒ベンチの上の学徒かな

Hanami zake  benchi no ue no  gakuto kana

 

 

Herel, I refer to one of ideas of what haiku is.

 

Claire Gardien, a French poet, gave us his idea through exchanged mails.

 Claire Gardienさん 9月25日 8:15 報告

Hello Hidenori,

Could-you tell me, please, why “haiku” is called “hai” (ku) ?
If “hai”, means “crazy” as I think it does, why “hai” or why “crazy” ?
I (personnally) don’t see haiku as something crazy !
Or, does-that mean “humour” (as, past times haikins had humour)?

Thank you to tell me if you don’t mind about it.
I don’t come often on Fb, that’s why I rarely comment photos…

Thanks anyway,
Claire

Hidenori Hirutaさん 9月25日 20:30

Hello, Claire, this is a very good question.

First of all, according to the dictionary of Chinese characters (explained in Japanese), “hai” has three meanings. One of them means “clowns”, afterwards “actors”. The second one means “fun” , or “joke”. The third one means “to wander”, or “to walk right, and sometimes walk left”.
Secondly, “haiku” comes from “haikai, or comic in English” , which was a popular style of Japanese verse originating in the sixteenth century.
As opposed to the aristocratic “renga”, “haikai” was known as the “low style” linked verse intended for the commoner, the traveler, and those who lived a more frugal lifestyle.
Last of all, I would like to refer to “haiku” some day.

Best regards,
Hidenori

Claire Gardienさん 9月30日 11:01 報告

Hello Hidenori,

And, thank you for your nice/ interesting answer.
I can’t help viewing Bashô’s “hai” smile when reading what you wrote ! This “hai” seems to be the correct, good adjective to qualify these sixteenth century’s poets meetings after some lapse of time ; was-it a good way to celebrate some new meeting than to write linked verse together ? It seems so… Anyway, humour is the top word qualyfing “haikai”… “renku”.
Thank you to tell me too, that “haikai” means “renku”. I thought it only meant (or, was an older form) of “haiku”.
I was wondering to; what was the diference between “renga” and “renku”. So, thank you, I can imagine better now.
Can you (and other Japanese people involved in the haiku genre), have that humour spirit they seemed having (although not always writing comic things… The death poems, for instance ? Or, even, when Bashô says that the carps are crying at the end of spring in “te Narrow Road to the North”. This is quite an other world, nowadays.
Here, the sixteenth century was Ronsard and the Rose. It was Montesquieu’s horse travels too, and especially abroad ; his lessons on how to be a good traveller and visiter abroad (particularly interesting when comparing to some narrow to-day’s points of view.
Well, if you have any questions on here, literature, poetry, please ask !

Best regards (and a nice dry autumn),
(“First snow on Mount Fuji”, that was a kigo on Gabi Greve’s pages!
It’ dry, here, but light is declining now.

long summer evenings
when crickets song ang bats fly
(the) butterfly’s last dance…

Claire

Last of all,

In celebration of the coming of the New Year 2011, we hold International Haiku New Year Festival 2011 .

 

This festival is aimed at welcoming the New Year 2011, reciting haiku.

 

Let’s share haiku!     Let’s recite haiku!

 

What is it?

 It is an online festival designed to give our readers an opportunity to share the Japanese short forms of poetry with each other, and enjoy writing, reading, and reciting haiku. 

 

When is it?

We are happy to announce that the Festival with run from January 1st – 3rd 2011.

 

Where is it?

On the website of Akita International Haiku Network

 

How do I get involved?

Please give us a comment on this site, saying that I would like to send two haiku.

Please send the comment by December 23.

You will receive an e-mail from Hidenori Hiruta with his e-mail address.

We sincerely hope that you will enjoy our online festival on the Internet.

 

The next posting ‘Haiku by Tad Wojnicki (2)’ appears on Decembber 18.

― Hidenori  Hiruta