Genjuan International Haibun Contest 2021 Results


Grand Prix

A Mead-Hall of the Mind by J Hahn Doleman (USA)

An (Cottage) Prizes

Wintering Grounds by Marietta McGregor (Australia)
The Departing by Manoj Nair (India)
Call to Prayer by Matthew Caretti (USA)

Honourable Mentions

Donnybrook Graveyard by Glenda Cimino (Ireland)
Bells on New Year’s Eve by Akihiko Hayashi (Japan)
Afternoon Memories by Margherita Petriccione (Italy)
Morning Zoo by Jennifer Hambrick (USA)
Great Horned Owl by Margaret Chula (USA)
Village Clean Up by Diarmuid Fitzgerald (Ireland)

Judges: Akiko Takazawa, Stephen Henry Gill, Sean O’Connor

Officer: Junko Oda

This year we had a record field of 139 entries from approx. 20 countries. For the first time, our entries came in by email, and not everyone stated where they live. Warm congratulations to all awardees, who will in due course receive certificates, judges’ comments and (the top four only) prizes. The 2021 prize-winning pieces will be available to read…

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きつねうどん Kitsune Udon – Udon with 油揚げAburaage Deep Fried Tofu Pocket

Kitsune is a fox. Another one of my favorite foods in Japan was Kitsune udon. Kitsune means fox in Japanese, and according to folklore, foxes love aburaage 油揚げ the deep-fried tofu pockets that top thick chewy noodles made from wheat to make a hot soup. I ordered Kitsune udon every time because it's meatless. Here's a … Continue reading きつねうどん Kitsune Udon – Udon with 油揚げAburaage Deep Fried Tofu Pocket


World Kamishibai Forum Webinars on YouTube

When I attended the Kamishibai for Peace seminar in Tokyo in November 2018, I had the great pleasure of meeting Walter Ritter of Write Out Loud San Diego as well as Oakland Public Library Children's Librarian Erica Siskind. Walter has since created the World Kamishibai Forum series of seminars on YouTube that discuss Kamishibai around … Continue reading World Kamishibai Forum Webinars on YouTube

‘Endings & Beginnings’ Hailstone Online Reading Meet – some highlights


Sun. 7 March 16:00 (JST). 14 Hailstones and special guest, Michael D. Welch, came together to read haiku, senryu, cirku, tanka, haibun and haipho. Each poet was given up to 5 mins. The share-screen function proved useful in allowing us to see the words that were being read. Host, David McCullough, had collected most things in advance and made a pdf file to use. It was also good to be able to appraise visual material like photo haiku or illustrations explaining haiku (e.g. seasonal flowers). The theme was introduced by chair-for-the-day, Tito, who first read us an excerpted translation by Nobuyuki Yuasa of Kikaku’s account of Basho’s Final Days, Basho-o Shuenki, including his death and funeral and the beginnings of the Basho School 蕉門 — for endings invariably lead to beginnings, and vice versa.

なきがらを笠に隠すや枯尾花 (其角)

A hat to cover
the body of our master,
withered pampas leaves…

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