Paul Conneally, haiku poet, introduces the key elements of haiku in this video, illuminating some of the common pitfalls and misunderstandings of what haiku is about.

This film was produced through workshops with two schools in the Cardiff area led by Paul and facilitated by the Japan Society. The project was also supported by the St. Fagans National Museum of History.

Watch this short 6 minute piece to stimulate ideas, and see what benefits haiku can have for your students.

 

 

We are now inviting schools in the UK to apply to be part of the Sakura Cherry Tree Project in the UK, a project to celebrate the friendship between Japan and the UK.

Schools interested in receiving and planting a cherry tree should apply by using the application form below by 28 February 2019. Trees will be supplied by the Sakura Cherry Tree Project, but planting and maintenance will be the responsibility of the applicant educational institution / school.

Download your application form here.

 

Background to the Project

On the 1st September 2017, UK Prime Minister Theresa May and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced in Tokyo that the years 2019-2020 would mark the Japan-UK Season of Culture. This season, with activity in both Japan and the UK, will celebrate the friendship of the two countries, and will provide an opportunity for people in both countries to explore each other’s cultures and technologies between the Rugby World Cup 2019 and Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Within the Japan-UK Joint Declaration on Prosperity Cooperation made by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Prime Minister Theresa May, the two leaders welcomed a proposal from the Japanese private sector to donate and plant thousands of Japanese Sakura cherry trees all across the UK as a symbol of our relationship .

Consequently, the Sakura Team was created, headed by Mr Sandy Sano of the Japan Association in the UK and supported by the Japan-British Society in Japan headed by Mr T Tsukamoto. The Sakura Cherry Tree Project aims to plant over 1,000 trees in 2020. Three varieties of Japanese sakura have been chosen by the Sakura Team based on such factors as the variation of colour, timing and historical significance. These are: Beni Yutaka, Tai Haku, and Somei Yoshino.

How to Apply

Please, fill out the application form and return it by Thursday 28 February 2019 to:

Cherry Trees for Schools
The Japan Society
13/14 Cornwall Terrace
London NW1 4QP
education@japansociety.org.uk

 

Last week the Education Team at The Japan Society were lucky enough to take a trip to Cardiff. In collaboration with St Fagans Museum, we organised a Ginko (or Haiku Walk) for local primary and secondary school students.

After a short introduction to haiku, students set off into either their school grounds or the grounds of St Fagans museum with nothing but a clipboard and pencil. All students and teachers had a great time enjoying the gorgeous weather, focusing on their surroundings, and writing their haiku!

A big thank you to everyone who took part, especially the schools, St Fagans museum, and our haiku poet and expert, Paul Conneally.

Keep an eye out for our new Haiku Educational Resources coming soon!

Exploring outside

Intro to haiku

Talking about Matsuo Basho

Reading haiku

Intro Session

 

 

Japan Society Activity Chest

On Tuesday 15 May we visited Cardiff to hold a workshop for local teachers interested in introducing Japan into their classrooms. The event was a great success, with lots of sharing of experiences and ideas, enthusiasm and motivation.

We were lucky enough to learn how we can incorporate Manga into our schemes of work (Ms. Chie Kutsuwada), we enjoyed trying  our hands at Haiku (Mr Paul Conneally), and even practiced ‘Radio Taiso’ with Mr Noel Thatcher! We were fascinated to learn more about school linking with Japan from Mr Iolo Evans.

We would like to thank everybody who participated and supported this event in making it a success.

Session on Manga with Chie Kutsuwada

Session on Haiku with Paul Conneally

Session on School Links with Iolo Evans

Session on Sport with Noel Thatcher

St Fagans National Museum of History

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We are pleased to announce the winners of the 15th World Children’s Haiku Contest. The Japan Society would like to thank everyone for their support of this year’s contest, which saw a record number of haiku. Entrants were asked to compose their own haiku on the theme of ‘Living Things’ and submit it with an accompanying illustration, for a chance to win a Canon digital camera.

We were extremely pleased to see a great deal of interest from teachers and pupils and it has been a pleasure to observe the high standard of entries received from schools across the UK. Many of this year’s entries were also accompanied by some excellent hand drawn images helping to bring their haiku alive.

The judging panel this year included representatives of Japan Airlines, The Embassy of Japan, The World Haiku Club and The Japan Society.

RESULTS

JAL Grand Prize winners

JAL Prize winners

Haiku entries from around the world are published at the JAL Foundation website here. This year’s World Children’s Haiku book will be available from November 2018. Please find more details about this from the JAL Foundation website.

 

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Supported by:

Young Poets Network

 

 

 


Tuesday 15 May 2018                     9am-4pm

National Museum Cardiff
Cathays Park
Cardiff CF10 3NP

Free – booking recommended

Are you a KS2 teacher living in the Cardiff area with an interest in Japan? Interested in introducing a Japan theme into your classroom? We at the Japan Society, with support from the Japan Foundation, are organising a free CPD event and would like to invite you!

With the Rugby World Cup being held in Japan next year, and the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, interest in Japan among students and teachers is growing. We are offering the chance to learn about and take part in stimulating, Japan-themed activities which you can take away and use with your pupils back at school.

This event will be held at the National Museum, Cardiff, and will run from 9am through to 4pm on Tuesday 15th May. Attendance is free and refreshments will be provided on the day.

To register your interest in this event please include your name, school, year group and language preference (English or Welsh) in an email to education@japansociety.org.uk.

Whether you have past experience with Japan or not, this event is open to everyone. We will be exploring a variety of Japan-related activities, and discussing different ways in which to incorporate these into your classroom. For more information please see the flyers (in English and Welsh) or email directly to the above address.

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JAL Grand Prize Top Winners

Pretty autumn leaf
No longer green
Falling down kissing the sweet earth
Red spotted armour
Scuttles away from the rain
Delicate creature
Herrings glide and swim
North sea crash against the wall
Fisherman catch fish

Jasmine Bayles (12)
Wolfreton School

Elsa Priest (8)
Great Walstead School

Rafe Dewsnap (7)
Gunton Primary Academy

 

JAL Grand Prize Winners

Stretches lazily
Purring in bright pink blossom
Tabby peering down
Seamlessly moving
Leaving paw prints in the snow
A burning red glow
Lilly pad floating
On the river of my dreams
What is my future?

Joshua Das (9)
Great Walstead School

Felix Dewsnap (11)
Gunton Primary Academy

Piper Baker (12)
Wolfreton School

 

Theme: LIVING THINGS

Prizes: A Canon digital camera for the winning students. Other prizes will also be awarded.

Applicants should be 15 years of age and under

Closing Date for entries: Monday 15 January 2018
(Deadline extended to Thursday 15 February)

Haiku originated in Japan and is the world’s shortest form of poetry, capturing a particular moment in the writer’s life or encapsulating a natural image.

For the chance to win the 15th World Children’s Haiku Contest, compose your own Haiku on the theme of LIVING THINGS and submit it with an accompanying illustration. The winning entries will be published in a haiku book with haiku from children living all over the world.

LIVING THINGS are all around us, but have you taken a moment to think about them? Perhaps the pigeons on the streets, the trees in the park, or your own pet will be the inspiration for your haiku. We look forward to receiving haiku and drawings showing us how children in the UK see the LIVING THINGS around them.

The first Haiku Contest was organised by the JAL Foundation in 1990 and one has been held every two years since then. Japan Airlines, with support and assistance from the Japan Society, is pleased to announce the 2017 Contest.

First Prize for 3 students: Canon digital camera

Entries should be submitted to the Japan Society by Thursday 15 February 2018. Judging will take place during February and winners notified shortly after.

Haiku Contest Rules and Entry Guidelines

Applications
• One entry per child (either typed or handwritten) on the theme of LIVING THINGS.
• Applicants must be the age of 15 and under on February 15th 2018.
• The haiku must be accompanied by hand-drawn or hand-crafted artwork on the same page, using A4 sized paper (21cm x 29.7cm) or letter sized paper (8.5inches x 11inches).
• Glue the application form on the back of the work.
• Schools must also fill in the United Kingdom Application Form for Schools.

Composition
• Any form of artwork (except photographs or digital images) can be submitted.
• Every entry must be the original and unpublished work of the child himself/ herself. Assistance by others (parents, other adults, siblings, or other children) is prohibited.
• The haiku must be presented in three short lines in English.
• All rights (for compositions and artwork) will be reserved by JAL Foundation.

Contest Results
• Contest results will be announced on the JAL Foundation website in June 2018.
• Haiku By World Children, Volume 15 will be shown in the entertainment program on Boeing 787 international Japan Airlines flights.

Please complete and attach the application form to the back of all entries. Pupils’ names and ages must be clearly marked on the reverse, together with the school name.

Entries from the same school may be parcelled together for submission. The parcel must include the United Kingdom Application Form for Schools.

For further tips and techniques on writing a Haiku please read ‘How to Make Haiku’ the JAL Foundation’s guide to writing Haiku. For inspiration on writing haiku you can read the winners and runners-up haiku from the 2015 ‘Morning’   2013 ‘Impression of Dreams’ and 2011 ‘Impressions of Festivals’ World Children’s Haiku contest.

If you have any questions regarding the competition please contact the Japan Society Education Team on tel: 020 3075 1995 or email: education@japansociety.org.uk.

Please send entries to: Haiku Contest, Japan Society, 13/14 Cornwall Terrace, London NW1 4QP.

For more information on the JAL Foundation or to enter the Haiku Contest from outside the UK, please visit the JAL Foundation website. Please note that the Japan Society can only handle entries from the UK.

Sponsored by: Co-sponsor: In Cooperation with:

Supported by:

Young Poets Network

 

 

 

Chloe Amies (9) Madley Primary School

Chloe Amies (9)           Madley Primary School

Anna Bailey (9)  Enmore Primary School

Anna Bailey (9)
Enmore Primary School

Ben Blaker (9)  Madley Primary School

Ben Blaker (9)
Madley Primary School

Har-Rai Chana (8) Lanesborough Prep School

Har-Rai Chana (8) Lanesborough Prep School

Megan Coates (14) Wolferton School

Megan Coates (14) Wolferton School

Jake Edwards (9)  Madley Primary School

Jake Edwards (9)
Madley Primary School

Jadey Elliot (12) Lady Manners School

Jadey Elliot (12)           Lady Manners School

Charlotte England (8)  The Granveill School

Charlotte (8)

Georgia Foote (14) Wolferton School

Georgia Foote (14) Wolferton School

Annabelle Fuller (15)

Annabelle Fuller (15)

Beatrice Gordon (13) Wolferton School

Beatrice Gordon (13) Wolferton School

Amie Gould (8)  The Granville School

Amie Gould (8)
The Granville School

Annie Guy (10)  St Cedd's Primary School

Annie Guy (10)
St Cedd’s Primary School

Elinor Henson (15)  Lady Manners School

Elinor Henson (15)
Lady Manners School

Emma Howard (8)  The Granville School

Emma Howard (8)
The Granville School

kesia Jakes (12) Longsands Academy

kesia Jakes (12) Longsands Academy

Amelia Jameson (9)  Great Malvern Primary School

Amelia Jameson (9)
Great Malvern Primary School

Zara Parker-Killean (14) Wolferton School

Zara Parker-Killean (14) Wolferton School

Hannah Lancaster (12) Lady Manners School

Hannah Lancaster (12) Lady Manners School

Georgia Mannings (12)  St Bernard's Catholic Grammar School

Georgia Mannings (12)
St Bernard’s Catholic Grammar School

Taylor Masters (12) Longsands Academy

Taylor Masters (12) Longsands Academy

Charlotte Marock (8) Highgate Junior School

Anujah Mohanathan (14) Newstead Wood School

Anujah Mohanathan (14) Newstead Wood School

Ella Moore (12) Longsands Academy

Ella Moore (12)    Longsands Academy

Keira Nunn (10)         Stanway Fiveways Primary School

Alex Rio (9)  Stanway Fiveways Primary School

Alex Rio (9)
Stanway Fiveways Primary School

Max Ryan (9) Lanesborough Prep School

Max Ryan (9) Lanesborough Prep School

Gabriel Sneath (8)             Fleckney Primary School

Archie Secrett (8) Lanesborough Prep School

Archie Secrett (8) Lanesborough Prep School

Nancy Smallwood (9) Madley Primary School

Nancy Smallwood (9) Madley Primary School

Ella Steans (13) 1

Ella Steans (13)

Frankie Stout (10)  Prince Rock Primary School

Frankie Stout (10)
Prince Rock Primary School

Sukhi Suresh (13) Newstead Wood School

Sukhi Suresh (13) Newstead Wood School

India-Amethyst Thakrar (12)

India-Amethyst Thakrar (12)

Sienna Wright (8)  The Granville School

Sienna Wright (8)
The Granville School

 

Millie-Mae Barber (12) Longsands Academy

Millie-Mae Barber (12) Longsands Academy

Aahana Jagtiani Chadha (8) Highgate Junior School

Aahana Jagtiani Chadha (8) Highgate Junior School

Harry Gupta (13)                  St Bernard’s Catholic Grammar School

Alex Kalogerakis (15) Wolferton School

Alex Kalogerakis (15) Wolfreton School

Eva Pellicci (8)  St Cedd's School

Eva Pellicci (8)
St Cedd’s School

Tanya Singh (12) Newstead Wood School

Tanya Singh (12)      Newstead Wood School

Francesca Wilkinson (15) Wolferton School

Francesca Wilkinson (15) Wolfreton School

 
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