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Results of the 26th ITO EN Oi Ocha New Haiku Contest There were 16,445 entries in the English Haiku division of this contest. (All divisions combined featured entries from 43 different countries.) We would like to introduce the winning pieces of this English Haiku division.
Special Award
Even birds
Walking gingerly
On ice
Yukie Yoshida   Age: 27   Nationality: Japan
Author
In winter, a bird walked on a puddle of frozen water, taking utmost care with each step so as not to fall. Birds have wings and can fly in the sky, but this one seemed to have forgotten it was a bird.
Evaluation
The poem is based on an observation of the natural world. Even water birds such as ducks can slip and lose their balance when walking on ice. Though the scene is somewhat humorous, the author watches fellow beings with affection and a sense of solidarity. The haiku uses the adverb “gingerly” effectively and is easy to understand.
«Tsunehiko Hoshino»
Honorable Mention
I have grown older
inside the bathroom mirror
is my mother's face
Natsumi Sakai   Age: 15   Nationality: Japan
I am leading a cow
But it doesn't want to follow me
We begin to run together
Taiki Yamaguchi   Age: 15   Nationality: Japan
Winter night creek
duck family
shove and push
Kentaro Watanabe   Age: 15   Nationality: Japan
Home of a friend
Mysterious fragrance
It was different from my home
Yuga Watanabe   Age: 16   Nationality: Japan
the blue sky
becomes near
on horseback
Tamami Ota   Age: 16   Nationality: Japan
birthday card
my son cannot read
grandma's writing
Anna Maris   Age: 44   Nationality: Sweden
a flock of sparrows
chatter soundlessly
air conditioning
Kit Nagamura   Age: 55   Nationality: Japan
inching
onto the frozen lake
spring moon
Helen Buckingham   Age: 55   Nationality: England
library fly
at rest on
hamlet's soliloquy
Roberta Beary   Age: 60   Nationality: America

Judges’ Award

Tsunehiko Hoshino
I get up early
to leave my footprints
in the snow
Kaho Kureya   Age: 16   Nationality: Japan
Evaluation
The author is thrilled by the idea of a world blanketed in white the following morning upon seeing falling snow. The author wakes up early to set foot and inscribe their existence on snow untouched by others. The haiku radiates youthful energy and forward-looking attitude.

Adrian Pinnington
in the moonlight
jellyfish waver
sea of summer
Sena Nakamura   Age: 17   Nationality: Japan
Evaluation
The haiku paints a scene of a warm, moonlight summer night. The brilliantly chosen word “waver” evokes the soft movements of jellyfish in the sea. The repeated “s” sounds in “sea of summer” create a warm and calm sensation.

Sponsors’ Award

Haiku International Association(H.I.A)
spring breeze
in the schoolyard with its nose bent
a paper airplane
Daniela Capota   Age: 47   Nationality: Romania


The 26th 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
Kaori Ekuni, Writer
Tota Kaneko, Haiku poet
Hideho Kindaichi, Japanese linguist
Momoko Kuroda, Haiku poet
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
Sankei Gakuen
Mainichi Bunka Center
Yomiuri Culture
Japan Educational Exchanges and Services
Japan Educational Press Co., Ltd.