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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
from a small window
small small world
my first flight
Tomomi Otsu   Age: 17   Nationality: Japan
Author
My first flight, heading to Canada, with the plane flying high above the clouds. When I saw the sea and land from the small window, my concept of the world being wide and large faded, and it actually felt incredibly small and relatable. That moment left a large impression and so I represented it in this poem.
Evaluation
Everyone feels nervous during their first flight, and excited about what kind of world they will see from high in the sky. When it actually comes to the fact, however, all they get is a very limited view from a very small window. This combination of expectant excitement and unexpected hit-and-miss in terms of what you actually see is represented frankly and directly, generating sympathy. The three repeats of “small” and use of words starting with F create a good rhythm and bring out the author’s feelings.
«Tsunehiko Hoshino»
Honorable Mention
When father's old motorcycle
hibernates in the garage
iwinter comes
Momoka Nakashi    Age: 12   Nationality: Japan
My stag beetle in the cage
Crawls out from the soil
It's already summer
Yuki Wakasa   Age: 13   Nationality: Japan
All sparrows
are wearing
their own down jackets
Yuka Kimura   Age: 17   Nationality: Japan
Beautiful dandelion
Growing it tore the asphalt
Like a hatching
Yuga Watanabe   Age: 18   Nationality: Japan
Sky and city,
I own the world
at 4 a.m.
Tomotsugu Goto   Age: 41   Nationality: Taiwan
morning sun
our shadows enter the church
first
Ajaya Mahala   Age: 51   Nationality: India
grape harvest
the morning chatter
of starlings
Polona Oblak   Age: 53   Nationality: Slovenia
moonlight . . .
rippled water
on rippled sand
Simon Hanson   Age: 60   Nationality: Australia
a fountain
above the flickering coins
leaves floating
Zelyko Funda   Age: 65   Nationality: Croatia

Judges’ Award

Tsunehiko Hoshino
first spring sun
along the railway tracks
fresh graffiti
Anna Maris   Age: 45   Nationality: Sweden
Evaluation
The gist of this piece is the “fresh” at the start of the third line, giving a surprising feeling to graffiti as it is hit by the slightly stronger sunlight of spring. Even graffiti, something normally considered a stain on the town, now offers vivid stimulation as part of the journey. While “first” and “fresh” overlap a little in meaning, used this way at the start of their lines they create an excellent rhythm of emphasis.

Adrian Pinnington
She walks to the door
Windshield wipers
waving goodbye.
Boris Steipe   Age: 56   Nationality: Canada
Evaluation
A piece that skillfully represents a complicated situation using just a small number of words. In the rain, the author is sitting in their car, watching a woman go back into the house. The wipers look as though they are waving goodbye. The parting of two people. That’s surely why the author is still in the car.

Sponsors’ Award

Haiku International Association(H.I.A)
migratory birds
key to the summer cottage
under the doormat
Marta Chocilowska   Age: 66   Nationality: Poland


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
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
Sankei Gakuen
Mainichi Bunka Center
Yomiuri Culture
Japan Educational Exchanges and Services
Japan Educational Press Co., Ltd.