A haiku begins with an idea and is completed through the process of polishing.
This is a concept that has been cultivated in the world of Japanese haiku,
but it applies to any human poetry, no matter what language it is written in or what form they take.
The rainbow itself has a curve.
The idea that the rainbow curves the sky is an original and impressive viewpoint.
Furthermore, this haiku is composed using minimal words.
It must have been the result of much scrimping and polishing.
This year has been a year in which I have felt the absurdity of our current situation even more keenly than usual:
Russia launched a war of aggression against Ukraine in February, and Covid-19 continues to rage around the world.
Any sober and sensible person, no matter which country he or she lives in (and that includes Russia),
must have been pained by these events.
Perhaps reflecting this, there were many haiku poems about war, hunger, and various other unjust tragedies.
I hope that next year will bring smiles to the faces of the oppressed people of the world, especially children,
and that the number of such positive haiku submissions will increase.
I’m delighted to receive the prestigious Basho-an Award.
It’s a great honor to be awarded at such a distinguished competition,
open to a large number of poets from all over the world.
It’s a great and undeserved honor that my name is associated with Matsuo Basho,
which is the unparalleled monument of the haiku world.
Thanks to the prestigious jury, especially since I was awarded twice.
Thanks to the generous organizers of the contest, who made possible the spiritual meeting of
haiku creators from around the world.
The meeting with the readers follows, because the haiku unites creators and readers
from the entire world in a good and beautiful way.
One of my biggest regrets is that I didn't get to visit Japan,
but I come to terms with what it offered and continues to offer to my mind and my soul.
I love Japan because it gave me haiku.
Japan is dear to me for everything it has offered and continues to offer to the whole world,
its great and unique culture and civilization.
I’m part of the prestigious haiku community in Romania, with outstanding achievements in the field.
I’m grateful to this community for my poetic augmentation.
Thank you Basho, thank you Japan !
Bombs falling ...
a girl looks for her doll
among the ruins
The Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 cruelly destroyed the peaceful lives of Ukrainian citizens.
I think that this haiku was created with heartache over this hardship.
The words "bomb," "girl," "rubble," and "doll" are used to depict the sadness of war as a single scene,
adding a vivid impression to this haiku.
I hope that peace will come back to all of Ukraine and the whole world, even a day sooner.
I imagine the couple outside with the poet standing and watching their current partner,
who has just left their side after watching the fireflies dance.
He is now doing something the poet finds endearing, such as stooping to observe or trying to catch one.
The poet has enjoyed the conversation and being with their partner so much that they are wondering whether perhaps
he is the man they are destined to be with.
The weaving mate-attracting dance of fireflies, with them seeming to cease to exist when suddenly their light goes off,
resonates very well with the modern experience of dating and love.
Thank you very much for this amazing news!
I would like to thank the contest judges and coordinators whose dedication to the craft of haiku made this contest possible.
It is an incredible honour to have my poem selected for a Basho-an award,
and I feel deeply privileged to have my name listed among the many esteemed poets whose work I admire.
Thank you again for this wonderful recognition!
Please refer to the PDF for all the results of the selection by each electorate "Basho-an Award"(one haiku)and "ten winners"(10 haiku).
Entry Rules for The 5th Basho-an International English Haiku Competition
This contest is for anyone, regardless of experiences and nationalities.
All submissions must be received between August 10 and November 10, 2022. (Japan standard time)
Entries must be submitted via form, using the entry form available in the website of this contest.
A participant can send one piece of Haiku in each entry form. However, each participant can enter up to 10 Haiku by sending multiple entries. (We will appreciate it if the Japanese translation is attached to the Haiku, though it is not required.) A seasonal word is not required. Each haiku piece should be written in 2 to 3 lines.
The entry must include the participant’s name, current address, gender, age, and e-mail address. (Gender and age are optional.)
The haiku must be original and unpublished work.
Errors in spelling English Haiku will be corrected by the office.
The haiku work should not counter public order and morality.
Submitted work cannot be altered nor returned.
No entry fee is required.
Winners will be notified via e-mail at the end of December, 2022.
Awards will be announced on the contest’s website and on Koto-ku Culture and Community Foundation’s newsletter “Culture Navi KOTO”.
In addition, winning pieces will be published in the “42th Sigureki Haiku Competition’s Selected Haiku Anthology” in October 2023.
Personal information submitted in application is strictly used for this competition’s purpose only.
A prize winner’s submitted pen name (or name) and hometown will be made public.
(Information such as age, gender, address details and email address will remain confidential.)
The copyright regarding the announcement and publication of the award-winning works, including the secondary use, remains with the Basho Museum.
Kai Hasegawa (Haiku poet, Haiku critic)
Naoko Fujita (Haiku poet, Supervisor of haiku circle and journal “Shurei”, Councillor of Association of Haiku Poets)
Dhugal J.Lindsay (Haiku poet, Marine biologist)
Each of the three judges awards a “Basho-an Award”.
Each of the three judges will choose ten other winners.
Koto-ku Culture and Community Foundation