2012 Event


Haiku Contest and Awards Assembly 2012


9 June 2012

 On 9 June, the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations, together with the United Nations International School and the Northeast Council of Teachers of Japanese, held a student Haiku Contest for 2012 and an Awards Assembly at the United Nations International School (UNIS).


 About 1500 poems in Japanese and English were submitted this year by students from elementary school to high school, as well as some teachers who participated in the teacher’s division. Of them, 140 were specially selected to be on display for 2 weeks at UNIS.


 Ambassador Jun Yamazaki attended the Awards Assembly, which opened with a chorus by the Studio School students, and also gave a speech about Haiku and its cultural importance. Awards were given to the top 3 winners of each of the 8 divisions, and each winner received specific comments from one of the two judges.



 <Poems written in English:First Prize>
○Elementary School Division
      She walks through the
      darkness of the tunnel

                                       Leah Watson


○Middle School Division
      public library
      the shy boy
      wipes dust off a book

                                     Abby Shannon


○High School Division
      black tie
      black suit
      cold father

                     Cruz Kaye Shinako


○Teacher Division
      on mounds
      of pearly hail
      a hemlock cone

                             Mr. Geoff Van Kirk



<Poems written in Japanese:First Prize (translation by Mr. Hiroaki Sato>

○Elementary School Division
       A firefly flies
      glows on my palm
      the color of the moon

                                     Andrew Ammar


○Middle School Division
      Burning forests
      Irritable storms
      Summer’s anger

                              Julien Kridelka


○High School Division
      A bird flies
      over a black field
      at midnight

                      Raphael Barnes


○Teacher Division
      The tsunami goes:
      a small photo
      with a nail scratch

                               Mr. Kazuo Tsuda


A chorus by the Studio School students at the opening ceremony

Ambassador Yamazaki at opening ceremony

Students read their prized haiku in front of audience
All awarded Students on the stage

People looking at prized haiku exhibition

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