Embassy of Japan Spring Haiku competition for webmagazine readers

In our last webmagazine, we launched a haiku competition with the theme of Spring and encouraged readers to send us their original English haiku following a three line, 5-7-5 syllable format. Thank you to all who applied. The JICC staff enjoyed reading through your entries and we are pleased to announce our top three favourites as voted for by our staff. (Winners will receive a small gift for their efforts - we will contact you via email shortly).

If our sakura haiku competition has whet your appetite, why not get writing for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (MOFA) Fifth Japan-EU English Haiku Contest? This year the theme is “Wonderful Encounter”. You can find more details about the competition here. The deadline for entries is 27 June. Good luck!

Competition winners (in reverse order):

  Third place:

Second place:

  The pink snow of spring
Petals drift down to the sea
Hanami is gone

by Lesley Lander
April shower falls
As sun rays flash through white clouds
Deep smell of rich eart

by Kevin Murphy

First place - Embassy Spring Haiku Competition Winner!

  now that spring has gone
a petal stuck to my shoe
is all I have left

by Sean Greer




Congratulations to all our winners and thank you to everyone that entered!