In May, 2013, the Akita International Haiku Network held the 2nd Japan – Russia Haiku Contest with the help of JAPAN CENTER IN VLADIVOSTOK, providing three language sections for haiku submission: the Japanese section, the Russian section, and the English section. As a result, 624 haiku were submitted as follows:
304 haiku were submitted for the Japanese haiku section from 4 countries : Japan, Russia, Romania, and Ukraine.
62 haiku were submitted for the Russian haiku section from 8 countries : Russia, Japan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Lithuania, and Serbia.
258 haiku were submitted for the English haiku section from 39 countries : Japan, Croatia, United States, India, Romania, Serbia, Germany, New Zealand, France, Poland, Russia, Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Indonesia, Philippines, United Kingdom, Austria, Brazil, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, Mongolia, Montenegro, Bangladesh, Belarus, Colombia, Ghana, Hungary, Jamaica, Macedonia, Malaysia, Netherlands, Latvia, Lithuania, Switzerland, and Ukraine.
the wings of a new butterfly
flapping the morning
Ken Sawitri (Indonesia)
Published for the 1st time in Akita – the Land of Poetry 『詩の国秋田第６号』 5th Volume, the yearly pamphlet of Akita International Haiku Network, on April 4th, 2014
Translated into Japanese by Hidenori Hiruta