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Haiku Corner 2022

 

Welcome to the Haiku Corner, an ongoing project of collaborative poetry

that brings together the UK and Japan through the creative power of haiku.


In Japanese poetry, kigo (季語) is the word or phrase used to indicate the season and it is often included in haiku to locate the poem in a particular time of the year. Haiku Corner was created in 2020 in response to the peculiar “season” we were all living in due to the covid pandemic, with the aim to be a creative outlet for members and friends to embrace haiku as a means to express their feelings and experiences during that time.

When we started the project, we could not have anticipated how far it would reach, with hundreds of entries from people of all ages coming in from all over the world – from the UK, Japan, India, China, Romania, Greece, America, and the Caribbean! We are very pleased that so many have been inspired; thank you to all participants for sharing their haiku with us.

In the third year of the project, our hope to build a haiku community hasn’t finished yet. We look forward to seeing Haiku Corner grow further and to receiving many more of your poems. Please find out below how you can participate in the Haiku Corner 2022.

Visit the pages of the Haiku Corner 2020 and Haiku Corner 2021 to read poems from previous years

*Image: Detail from 'Kocho bara' ( 黄鳥 長春, Bush warbler and roses) by Katsushika Hokusai, 1834 (circa) © The Trustees of the British Museum.

How to Contribute

  • We invite poets, writers and people of any age and expertise to send us their haiku by email, tag us or use the hashtag #JShaikucorner on social media. The weekly deadline is on Fridays at 12:00 noon (BST).
  Write your haiku and the hashtag #JShaikucorner:
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  • Every Monday we will select one haiku among those received the previous week and post it as the haiku of the week on this page and on our social media with the name or alias of the author.

  • Haiku sent must be original and belong to their authors as copyright holders. The Japan Society will not accept any responsibility for the content published. By sending their haiku, authors agree to its publication in our website and social media.

  • The Japan Society will not use any haiku published or received for commercial purposes and will follow the Privacy Policy and Terms & Conditions regarding the use of data and the website content.

  • If you need some tips and inspiration before composing your haiku, check out our short video How to Haiku with Haiku poet Paul Conneally.

How to Haiku: Beyond 5 7 5

Find more about how to write a haiku in our video with haiku poet Paul Conneally who introduces the key elements of haiku, illuminating some of the common pitfalls and misunderstandings of what haiku is about. Watch this short 6 minute piece to stimulate ideas, and see what benefits haiku can have for you and your loved ones.