Thirteenth Annual Japanese Poetry Contest Awards

The awards for the Thirteenth Annual Japanese Poetry Contest have been announced. The awarded poems were taken from hundreds of submissions reflecting the strength and creativity of UHM’s Japanese program. A pdf of the winning poems can be viewed and downloaded via this link. The the Sen Soshitsu Poetry Prize, was given to Justin Kanda in JPN 402. His poem is copied below:

のばす手の
隙間から落ち
なくす愛
海の水にて
洗う傷跡

The Literature Faculty Haiku Prize was awarded to Brissa Yamamura:

日本のそぼ
よく分からない
えがおだけ

The Perry Ishigaki Choko Haiku Prize was awarded to Yuta Yamada:

桜見て
大切な時
友だちと

The Perry Ishigaki Choko Poetry Prize was awarded to Natalie Chew:

「かくれんぼ」
ゆきがある
しろうさぎはしる
みえますか

There were also individual winner at the different level divisions. Chalei Maduli was the winner at the Japanese 100 level:

大地震
次は日本に
良い波を

Devin Kamita was the winner at the Japanese 200 level:

「かなしい十二月」
くろいふく
たくさんのひと
十二月のてんきは
さむくて、くらい
食べ物が多いけど
だれも食べたくない
みないたむ
かなしくいう
「どうしてもう
ぼくのゆうじん
早くしぬ」

Alia Aihara was the winner at the Japanese 300 level:

気がついた!
愛することは
雪みたい…
美しいけど、
早く溶ける

Finally, Stacy Takeshita was the winner at the Japanese 400 level:

「見えない」
目を覚ました瞬間から
雪が降っている
二台の車
血液
人が地面に横たわっている
母と父が見えた
母と父が声をあげて泣いている
大衆の方へ手を振る
どうして誰も私が見えないの?

Congratulations to all of the winners!

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