Kikakuza Haibun Contest ’09-11 anthology available

 An anthology of decorated haibun from the three years that the Kikakuza International Haibun Contest has been held is now available to anyone attending Hailstone events and seminars this autumn. Price ¥1,000. If you live abroad and would like one sent, kindly make contact via the comments button below or on the Publications page at this site (via link at top right). Or you may contact either of the compilers direct. There may be a small postage charge added. All contestants have already been sent their own copy of the book. It contains 33 contemporary haibun (from 11 countries) + 4 classical haibun translations, judges’ comments, and a Tohoku Earthquake solo shisan renku by Sosui.

 The Contest is to continue this autumn and winter under the new name of the Genjuan International Haibun Contest with rules and deadline unchanged. Full details are given on the page entitled ‘Genjuan Haibun Contest Guidelines’ (see link at top right). The famous haibun Basho wrote while residing at the Genju Cottage in Shiga (幻住庵記) in 1690 is translated into English in this publication.


6 Responses to “Kikakuza Haibun Contest ’09-11 anthology available”

  1. I’m afraid I have been most negligent in offering a heart felt thank you to Mr. Yuasa for providing everyone who participated for the last three years in the Kikakuza Haibun contest a wonderful collection of the winning entries. It is greatly appreciated. Also thank you to Mr Gill for all his efforts contributed to the project. Lastly ; congratulations to Melissa for her poignant piece.

  2. I just spent a very enjoyable afternoon reading this collection whilst listening to the ever falling rain outside my window. It’s a wonderful selection and i shall be recommending it to everyone I know!

  3. Received my copy here in South Africa, thanks so much! :-))

    xx, moi

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  5. I took the anthology with me on a train journey the other day, thinking to read through the 78 pages in a couple of hours. It took much longer than that, because of the nature of haibun which leave one in contemplative thought. Most require re-reading, at least once if not several times. The best linger in the mind.

    Being prize-winners, the entries all have merit though there are the occasional pieces that leave one puzzled as to their virtues. One trait I personally find unsatisfying is when the haiku repeats what has been said already in the prose. I also think the prose should be poetic, rather than humdrum. In this respect having the judges’ evaluation was most illuminating. A worthwhile and, I think, possibly unique chance to see the qualities that distinguish the excellent from the mundane. I found it a bit awkward however to have the evaluations all lumped together at the back as it made cross-referencing difficult. Perhaps consideration could be given in any future volume to having the evaluations in the same section as the winners to which they refer?

    In all, this was a delight to read, and I have put it aside with a view to looking at it another day. The addition of Basho’s Genjuan and Rakushian pieces, not available anywhere else I think, makes it a valuable item indeed. My thanks to the compilers.

  6. For those interested in learning a little more about the content of this anthology, I have now posted a review on my site:

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