HAIKU MASTERS Talk Session in Kyoto, JAPAN
～Experience it for yourself! Connecting the world together through Photo Haiku～
November 18th, 2017 at Doshisha University
In November, we traveled to Japan’s old capital of Kyoto for a special haiku event, and we were lucky enough to get there just in time to enjoy some beautiful autumn foliage. The event venue was Doshisha University, a school founded in 1875 with a campus that features four buildings that have been deemed national treasures.
Our special guests for this event include author Hisafumi Iwashita, who also is featured in HAIKU MASTERS in Kyoto, and Stephen Gill, leader of Hailstone Haiku Circle and Kyoto resident. Stephen is known for creating the unique cirku haipho art form, a combination of photography and circular English haiku.
The event wouldn’t have been possible without the help of Doshisha’s SIED (Student Staff for International Events at Doshisha) and the student support and exchange division. [SIED Members: Shogaku Tei, Ami Matsumura, Yuka Endo, Naoto Juda, Momoka Nakamura, Karin Mihara, Marin Mihara]
Our Panelists’ Photo Haiku
Our four panelists showed off their own photo haiku creations.
A last whiff of earth
Kit Pancoast Nagamura
sayoshigure higashinotoin uchisugite
On a late autumn night
shiratama ya utsuru kokoro ni terasu kage
On a reflecting heart
I reach out for
The comfort of an old soul
PHOTO HAIKU Team Battle!
Four teams joined our photo haiku competition; one team from Doshisha University and three from Stephen Gill’s Hailstone Haiku Circle. The theme for the competition was “Kawaii (Cute) Kyoto”. Each team had 3 minutes to present and explain their work to the judges and audience members. Even though it was some participants first time to create photo haiku and one team actually had a member call in sick at the last minute, all of the photo haiku were wonderful representations of kawaii Kyoto.
Blush covers her face,
I can’t look away.
shinnen no sawagi no ato no yuki no uta
after New Year’s bustle,
the song of snow
tsudoeru wa kinkyujian haru no koto
urgent business to manage -
rumours of spring
Team MAIKO Haan took away the judges’ award while Team Buddha was the winner of the audience award. Congratulations to everyone who took part in the competition!