HAIKU MASTERS in an NHK WORLD-JAPAN TV program where we search for Haiku Masters from around the world.

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Selection Process

Selection of the "Haiku Master of the Month" on Each Episode

Our Haiku Masters & Selection Committee

Kazuko Nishimura

Born in 1948. Co-founder of Chiin and has received numerous awards from the Association of Haiku Poets, including the award for Best New Poet, Critical Reception Award, and the Association of Haiku Poets Award.
She is currently a member of the Association of Haiku Poets board of directors.

Michio Nakahara

Born in 1951. Nakahara has won numerous awards including the 13th Best Newcomer Award from the Association of Haiku Poets in 1989 and the 33rd Association of Haiku Poets Award in 1993.
Nakahara established “Ginka”, his very own Haiku society in 1998 and now lives in Chiba, Japan ridding himself of all digital devices.

Kit Pancoast Nagamura

Born in the United States, Kit has lived in Japan for more than 25 years.
A photographer, editor, and author of six books, Kit pens several columns, including "The Backstreet Stories" for the Japan Times, and has won various fiction and poetry awards, including a Major Hopwood Award, and a recent prize in the ITO EN Oi Ocha Haiku contest.

Toshio Kimura

Born in Tokyo, Japan, Toshio is a Haiku poet and a professor of English literature and comparative literature at Nihon University, Japan. An avid Haiku lover since his younger days, Toshio studied under the Haiku poet Jyushin Takayanagi when he was a college student. Toshio is a member of the World Haiku Association and his Haiku collections include In the Distance (2001) and Little Brier Rose (2010). He has also penned many books including Haiku in Drawing.

Marie Mariya

Marie Mariya is a Haiku poet, literary critic, translator, and serves as on the executive committee of Haiku International Association and as a member of the Association of Haiku Poets. Her writing includes a book of criticism, One Grain of Cosmos (shortlisted for A.H.P. Award for criticism in 2016) and a collection of Haiku that was shortlisted for the Haidan Award in 2014. Marie explores Haiku from an international standpoint. Her critical essays appear serially in major Haiku periodicals.

Megumi Moriyama

Born in Tokyo, Megumi Moriyama is a poet, English Haiku poet, and translator. She is the author of four full-length books of poetry, of which the fourth, Misaki Misakyoku was shortlisted for The Japan Poets Club Prize for New Poets in 2015. She was also selected as a New Poet by Gendaishi Techo, the major poetry periodical in Japan. Her poems and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. Megumi is a current member of the Japan Poets Association and a lecturer at Shukutoku University Extension Center.

Our Photographers


Born, raised, and resides in Kyoto. After working as a professional film developer, he started working as a cameraman. Opened his Instagram account in 2010. His work, which mainly features emotional photographs of famous places and landscapes from Kyoto, quickly gained popularity from photography lovers around the world, and his account was chosen as the 7th most recommended follow in Nikkan Ameba News’ Urepia Kenkyuu. Co-authored a dramatic photograph collection released by Impress for their Konna Shashin ga Toreru no ka! series.

Takashi Yasui

Takashi Yasui, founder of the photographic media RECO. Takashi started photography in 2010 and instantly gained a large following through Instagram where he met and collaborated with photographers in and outside of Japan. Turning professional in January, 2015, Takashi collaborates with corporate brands and artists continuing on his path to find his own style of photography.


Born in 1977, it was in the Okinawa Islands where Uruma was first exposed to the power of photography. After working as a photographer for a publisher specializing in underwater photography Uruma broke off on his own in 2004. In March, 2010, he embarked on a world-wide journey that lasted 1,021 days spanning over 103 countries. The name “Uruma” means “coral islands” in the Okinawan dialect.