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Results of the 28th ITO EN Oi Ocha New Haiku Contest
Special Award
freshly mown grass
clinging to my shoes
my muddled thoughts
Gracie Starkey   Age: 13   Nationality: UK
Author
During my Japanese learning time, an English haiku poet came and held a workshop for us. We ended up all going outside together and walking through the school grounds to search for a theme for our own haiku. It was my first time writing a haiku and I really had no idea what kind of thing to write, and while discussing this with a friend as we walked across the lawn there just happened to be some grass on my shoes, and so I turned that situation into my haiku.
Evaluation
This is a very unique and fresh poem. After a squall has passed, the author is walking across a freshly cut lawn and some grass gets onto the bottom of their shoes. The subtly differently colored blades of grass create a random pattern on the bottom of the shoes. Thinking about life while walking across the lawn, the author happened to notice the pattern created on their shoes, and comes to think of it as reflecting their own complicated thinking. The expression “muddled thoughts” is especially skillfully used.
«Adrian Pinnington»
Honorable Mention
my pencil
and my eraser
battle on the desk
Nozomi Ishigaki    Age: 14   Nationality: Japan
Foggy bridge
a car
floats
Go Watanabe   Age: 14   Nationality: Japan
In the zoo
in a cage
in a dream
Kensei Nakayoshi   Age: 14   Nationality: Japan
summer vacation
on the wall of classroom
calendar has been tilted
Hirotaka Uzuka   Age: 14   Nationality: Japan
first snow
sticks to the window
of the ferris wheel
Sakura Miwa   Age: 17   Nationality: Japan
Like the salmon
swimming back home
I am here
Yoshiko Habara   Age: 29   Nationality: Japan
farmers' market . . .
among the vegetables
a cricket chirps
Kanchan Chatterjee   Age: 48   Nationality: India
mountain summit ―
back bent by the weight
of stars
Mark Brager   Age: 53   Nationality: USA
sea breeze
a sandpiper
rearranges itself
Roberta Beary   Age: 62   Nationality: USA

Judges’ Award

Adrian Pinnington
a leaf
falling through
a child's look
Zelyko Funda   Age: 66   Nationality: Croatia
Evaluation
On a day in fall, a withered leaf falls nimbly through the clear air, and enters the sight of a child who is looking up into the sky. This poem captures the coincidental moment of the child happening to be there just as the dead leaf falls, vividly depicting a scene from a gentle fall day.

Tsunehiko Hoshino
an aimless stroll
pockets that slowly fill
with small round stones
David Cobb   Age: 90   Nationality: UK
Evaluation
During a seemingly aimless stroll, at some point your pocket is full of beautiful, round stones. Picking them up has become something of a habit, with eyes and hands moving almost subconsciously. This is a deep poem, providing a connection as it does to the memories collected during a long and full life. The rhythmic expressions feature ringing S sounds.

Sponsors’ Award

Haiku International Association(H.I.A)
The proud rooster
Ignores the rain
He shines with his own light
Jody Wyatt   Age: 79   Nationality: USA


The 28th ITO EN Oi Ocha New Haiku Contest
Theme
Contestants may write about any subject they like. The poems do not need to include seasonal references or the other Haiku conventions. Contestants are encouraged to express themselves freely in the 5-7-5 form.
Panel Of Judges
Japanese Haiku divisions
Shimpei Asai, Photographer
Atsushi Anzai, Haiku poet
Seiko Ito, Writer, Creator
Tota Kaneko, Haiku poet
Hideho Kindaichi, Japanese linguist
Momoko Kuroda, Haiku poet
Miyuki Miyabe, Writer
Kaori Muraji, Guitarist
Kazuko Yoshiyuki, Actress
English Haiku division
Adrian Pinnington, Researcher in Japanese Classical Literature
Tsunehiko Hoshino, Haiku poet
Organizer
ITO EN New Haiku Contest Executive Committee
Supporting Organizations
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
Gendai Haiku Association (Gendai Haiku Kyokai)
Japanese Students Haiku Association
Haiku International Association (H.I.A)
NHK Gakuen
NHK Culture Center
Asahi Culture Center
Mainichi Bunka Center
Yomiuri Culture
Japan Educational Exchanges and Services
Japan Educational Press Co., Ltd.