2019 Haiku Expo
The 5th annual Arizona Matsuri Haiku Expo Japanese poetry contest is now accepting your entries and invite participants young and old to submit their Arizona inspired haiku, in English and/or Japanese. We are very grateful to the record number of participants from all across Arizona who entered the past four years with some really terrific Arizona-inspired haiku poetry. Thank you!
The 2019 Winners selected - Download the free eBook collection
Thank you for participating in this year's Haiku Expo poetry contest. We have selected over 100 Outstanding and 200 Honorable Mention haiku from over 1000 entries from all across the State. Thank you to all who participated and congratulations to those who have been selected as winners. Even if your haiku was not selected your participation is greatly appreciated and we would like to encourage all to continue composing haiku that capture and convey a concrete image that you experienced and share it with others through this annual haiku expo or other means.
The 2019 Outstanding Haiku were on display February 23 -24 at the Matsuri festival in Heritage Square Park and both Outstanding and Honorable Mention Haiku winners have been published in a freely downloadable eBook which is available below. All the winners have been notified by email and listed here.
Thank you to everyone who participated.
Educator's are encouraged to send us an email and learn how to get your students involved next year. Contact us here.
To learn more about haiku, review the Reference Guide, Lesson Plans and the freely downloadable eBooks below.
Poetry is an integral part of Japanese culture. Poems were originally written in Chinese, using forms and styles brought home by courts people and scholars returning from Chinese cities. As Japan developed its own writing syllabries, a new class of poetry, waka, began to be written entirely in Japanese.
Probably the most familiar waka style known outside of Japan is haiku, with its poetic structure based on measure, or rhythm, instead of the use of rhyming words.
Haiku poetry typically contain a reference to images of nature. The poems use simple concrete images of things we can see, smell, taste, touch, or feel. The best haiku poems reveal the essence of a thing so clearly that the reader can experience the momentary scene or insight that inspired the author.
Teachers are encouraged to download the Reference Guide and Lesson Plans and get your students involved in showing their creative talents with creating Arizona inspired haiku poetry.
Download the eBook by clicking on the image.
Note: The PDF file can be viewed with the freely available Adobe Reader for Windows PC's and Preview on Apple computers. Most smartphones and tablet computers can also open this eBook.
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