Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Cities of Green Leaves Kukai 2011: Revisited

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Aoba Festival --
the yakuta's posh pattern,
sparrows and leaves




Here are the results for the Cities of Green Leaves Ginko No Kukai

A good turnout was had, and votes were well dispersed across the board. I'm not certain of the amount we raised for tsunami relief, although many pledged to contribute funds or their own personal time. Here are those charitable sites again:


Architecture for Humanity

Japanese Red Cross Society

Ngo Jen Official Website

Salvation Army in Japan


Thanks to our many friends in the global haijin community for sharing your poetry with us and helping to make this event a success.




9 points:




Under this bridge
weeds grow from the walls
an old flame

Paul Conneally / England









Spring’s beginning
a violet
the first to know

Lorin Ford / Australia





8 points




kite weather
the wind’s new music
on strings of light

Lorin Ford / Australia





6 points




After the tsunami
a dog comes home
from the sea

Rhonda Poholke / Australia









wide blue sky-
a lone swift traces
the curve of a cloud

Diana Webb / England




visiting each inlet
a monk’s sutra to the sea- -
bird’s return to north

Eiko Yachimoto / Japan





5 points




Suburban ginko
on every mailbox
a tree-cutting brochure

Tzetzka Ilieva




No more leaves
reflected in this pond
the moon

Rhonda Poholke / Australia









green river –
a sparrow flits
from leaf to leaf

Diana Webb / England






4 points




The sacred camphor tree –
The stream glares in the evening sun
Time and place all blur

Masako Fujie / Japan




the spring thaw
awakens primroses
valley dawn

Hidenori Hiruta / Japan









Spring evening
the moon
is my Yoko Ono

John Merryfield / USA



Writing the word
“haiku”
on a haricot bean

Tito / Japan



a breeze -
on the water
sky appearing . . .
under purple irises

Keiko Yurugi / Japan




3 points




spring walk –
four, five, six patches
on my dog’s back

Valeria Simonova-Cecon / Italy









Out of muddy water
iris in thick profusion –
see, the kami smiles!

John Dougill / Japan




Call it an iris or flag,
Elegance blooming
By the pond of singing frogs

Kyoko Norma Nozaki / Japan




Morning sunlight –
the first new leaves ;
on the pollarded Plane

Diana Webb / England




2 points




Thousand prayers drift down
Kashima grows stronger—
each sakura petal

Yousei Hime / USA









Imitating frog croaks
soon, they imitate me:
Green Festival Eve

Mari Kawaguchi / Japan




four bright planets
pulsing in the eastern sky . . .
solo ginko

Barbara A. Taylor / Australia




The rise of full moon –
the May darkness
of my mulberry tree

Eiko Yachimoto / Japan




Portable shrine
beneath a verdurous tree –
the roof decorated
with copper flying swallows

Keiko Yurugi / Japan




1 point




At Ota Shrine
iris bow their pretty heads
while frogs croak prayers

John Dougill / Japan











Rosanjin’s hometown
new green upon the mountains
celadon color

Sharnice Eaton / Japan




seasonal mood swings –
young tea-leaves
in Fukushima

Lorin Ford / Australia




Like a stranger to life :: who will not be renewed :: my green shall be split in two

Grant Hackett / USA



catfish ripples –
one turtle plunges,
one endures

Yousei Hime / USA




Peering through new maple,
sunlight falls on purple flags;
their green blades shake

Michael Lambe / Japan









old ginko tree-
tiny new leaves
a mountain welcome

shanna / USA




In Ota Shrine’s brooklet
tago-frogs welcoming visitors;
“comf, comf, comf!”

Hisashi Miyazaki / Japan




from my land
I walk with you
Japan

Rhonda Poholke / Australia




A single teacup -
winter’s icy breath
through skeletal trees

Barbara A. Taylor / Australia









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I give her
my last Pall Mall
blue geese in Fujisawa



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New Resonance 9


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bunraku

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wearing the face
of a tayu
talk about the weather




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snow woman
her dreams a strange imagery
when she sleeps alone


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garage sale
the Latino's child
makes the offer

zen garage sale
customers
no customers

garage sale
'Tales of Power'
at half the price







regretful
hanging up her beret
she slips into autumn






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taking a bite
from a bitter orange
january thaw



一月の解けしオレンジ味苦し

Ichigatsu no tokeshi orenji aji nigashi


(translation by Hidenori Hiruta)


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Wednesday, January 18, 2017






a desk top, too
becomes a work of art --
winter deepens









Thursday, October 20, 2016

Genjuan International Haibun Contest 2017






Genjuan International Haibun Contest 2017 Guidelines

Genjuan 幻住庵 is the name of the cottage near Lake Biwa where, in 1690, Basho lived for a time. His residence in this 'Vision Inhabited Cottage' was probably the happiest period of his life, and it was there that he wrote his most famous short haibun. The purpose of the Contest is to encourage the writing of fine haibun in English and maintain the connection between the traditional Japanese perception of haibun and what is evolving around the world. The judges are hoping that the Contest will continue to receive a warm response from all haibun writers. The award for the Grand Prix remains the same –
a fine, full-size replica of a Hokusai/Hiroshige ukiyo-e print and smaller gifts will be sent to the An (Cottage) Prizewinners.
The writers of all the decorated works will receive a certificate of merit. We sincerely look forward to your participation.

1 Subject:
Free.

2 Style:
No restrictions, but special attention must be paid to honour the spirit of haikai. This includes such features as the subtle linking of haiku with prose, omission prompting the reader's imagination, humour and self-deprecation.

3 Length:
In total, between 7 and 35 lines (at 1 line = 80 spaces; a 3-line haiku counts as 3 lines; the title, as 1 line).

4 Haiku/Title:
At least one haiku (no formal restrictions) should be included and each piece should be given a title, however short.

5 Format:
Print each piece separately on one sheet of A4-size paper (and use the reverse if long) and write at the bottom your name (and your pen name, if you have one) together with your address, telephone number,and email address. Your privacy will be strictly protected, and the judges will not see your names until the result has been decided.

6 Deadline:
All entries should reach the following address between 1 October 2016 and 31 January 2017. Please send your entries to:
Ms. Eiko Mori, 2-11-23-206 Jokoji, Amagasaki-shi, Hyogo-ken 660-0811, Japan.
Entries received after this date might not be accepted. Kindly avoid sending by express and using extra-large envelopes. Best write your home address on your envelope, too. We apologize for not being able to accept emailed entries.

7 Entry Fee:
None.

8 Restrictions:
Entrants can send up to three entries, but two is what we normally expect. They should be unpublished and not under consideration elsewhere. As we cannot return your entries after screening, please retain your own copies.

9 Questions:
All queries should be sent to the address above or by email to
moriemori55@yahoo.co.jp
Email Ms. Mori 2 weeks after sending your entries if you wish to have an acknowledgement of receipt.

10 Judges:
Nenten Tsubouchi, Stephen Henry Gill, Hisashi Miyazaki, Ellis Avery

11 Special Request:
The authors of the decorated works will later be requested to send us their pieces as Word-files by email. In this, we expect your cooperation.

12 Results:
The results will be posted on the Hailstone Icebox by May after awardees have first been notified by email. Later, the prize-winning pieces will be posted there on a dedicated page. Judges’ comments will, in due course, be sent to awardees, together with prizes and/or certificates of merit. Every three years, it is hoped to publish an anthology of the best Genjuan pieces.


Saturday, August 27, 2016





cicada song
all through the twilight --
the moon also rises



Tuesday, June 28, 2016




when I was just a boy
I counted to a thousand --
summer clouds




Monday, February 8, 2016





Bodhisattva relieving herself on crusted snow










a chilly night,
reading mayuzumi
to old bop tunes







scraps and notes
I neglect to throw away --
stiff wind, blowing snow



Sunday, February 7, 2016




a lonely child
makes the face of a monkey --
first snowdrops