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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Invitation to the 13th International Monthly Kukai April, 2013

Akko Beach
Photo by Rita Odeh, Nazareth, Israel
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Invitation to the 13th International Monthly Kukai April, 2013


Dear Friends, Welcome to the 13th International Monthly Kukai

Please bookmark our blog: https://rita-odeh.blogspot.com

The topic for the April 2013 edition is a little different.
We invite you to get inspired by Rita Odeh's photograph above taken at Akko Beach on March 2013 .
Send one haiku inspired by this image.
(You may describe the photo or provide a parallel image to it.)

The International Kukai editors have not selected a kigo word that must be included, but please remember, one of the identifying hallmarks of haiku is the use of kigo. On-line sijiki are available at these links:
• The five hundred essential Japanese season words Selected by Kenkichi Yamamoto and translated by William J. Higginson and Kris Young Kondo
• Japanese Haiku - a Topical Dictionary at the Univ. of Virginia Japanese Text Initiative a work-in-progress based on the Nyu-mon Saijiki by the Museum of Haiku Literature in Tokyo, most translations by William J. Higginson and Lewis Cook
• The Yuki Teikei Haiku Season Word List from the Yuki Teikei Haiku Society (Northern California)
• World Kigo Database Gabi Greve's project supported by the World Haiku Club
• Season words from the Shiki mailing list kukai
o Spring season words
o Summer season words
o Autumn season words
o Winter season words
Print sajiki resources are also available:
• Haiku World: An International Poetry Almanac by William J. Higginson, Kodansha International © 1996 ISBN 4-7700-2090-2 (An international haiku saijiki with over 1,000 haiku and senryu from poets in 50 countries covering 680 seasonal topics)
• The Haiku Seasons: Poetry of the Natural World by William J. Higginson, Kodansha International © 1996 ISBN 4-7700-1629-8 (a companion book to Haiku World discussing the development of haiku, and the importance of the seasons and kigo to haiku)
• The Haiku Handbook: How to Write, Share. And Teach Haiku by William J. Higginson with Penny Harter, Kodansha International © 1985. ISBN 4-7700-1430-9

The first place winning haiku in the 13th International Kukai will be displayed as Haiga on the Photo and posted in the blog at the end of the contest by April 30, 2013.

Submission deadline — Noon, EST, (UTC-4)Thursday, April 4 — Sunday, April 14, 2013.
Voting deadline — Noon, EST, (UTC-4)Sunday, April 14 —Wednesday, April 24, 2013.
Results will be up-loaded to the blog no later than, Tuesday, April 30, 2013.

Participants may submit ONE entry. Submit only the haiku; do not create a haiga entry.

Do NOT enter any haiku previously published, work-shopped or shared.

All haiku entries should remain anonymous until we post the results.

Participants may vote as long as they have submitted an entry to the kukai.


1) Address all Kukai correspondence to: international_kukai@yahoo.com

2) PLEASE use the exact subject "April Submission" for the subject line.

3) Please sign your all submissions, ballots and commiunications with your name, your city, and your country of residence. Examples:

Rita Odeh: Nazareth, Israel (IL)
John Daleiden: Phoenix, Arizona United States (US)

4) Write your entry in the body of the email. Attachments are not accepted.
5) Haijin who enter the kukai will automatically be sent a ballot with the voting instructions shortly after the kukai closes at noon on the 10th of each month.

Enjoy the new Challenge...!

Co-editors: Rita Odeh and John Daleiden


  1. Lovely reading You and Yrs again and again.
    Kisses and Blessed Be¡

    1. We are honored by your visit and feedback, Daniel.