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The 8th World Haiku Association Conference

Tokyo, Japan


An infinite dialog, driven by haiku

The Japanese verse form haiku has long since transcended national borders and found favor throughout the world. This year poets and haiku composers from fourteen countries and regions gathered to share their pleasure in creating and savoring haiku in a variety of ways. Readings of work by the poets and haiku composers taking part were given in their native languages and with English translation. Participants also heard talks on haiku activity in such locations as the Arabic-speaking countries, Denmark, France, Mongolia and Vietnam, and from a female haiku composer a report of deep interest on how haiku are received by women in different countries. There was also active dialog on the poetic form in a wide range of approaches, including haiku and gogaku (classical Japanese court music), haiku and pictures, haiku and film and music, haiku and dance, rakugo (traditional Japanese storytelling) and haiku, and haiku and proverbs. Now that it has spread throughout the world, haiku is sure to go on to extend its infinite possibilities and join the hearts of people everywhere.


15-19 Apr. 2015


Meiji University Liberty hall (Tokyo)


14 (including regions)


Related Program: 

Exhibitino “Haiku of the World”


1 – 30 Sep. 2015


Meiji University Liberty Tower Library (Tokyo)



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