::::: Haiku Contest Results :::::

The Results of Kaji Aso Studio’s International Haiku Contest 2018

This program is supported by the Consul General of Japan in Boston

Kaji Aso Studio has been happy to see such an international participation in our annual haiku contest. This means that Japanese cultural is being understood by more and more people. We are encouraged by your participation and hope that you will continue to write haiku and think of Kaji Aso Studio as your supporter.


first frost
a storm window snaps
into place

First prize -
- Brad Bennett, Arlington, MA


the horses’ field cropped to dust lingering heat


Second Prize -
- John Barlow, Lancashire, UK

circles of lichen
I thought we would have
more time


Third Prize -
- Debbie Strange, Manitoba, Canada



Senryu Award

creature comfort
an old recliner
left in the alley

- Peter Newton, Winchendon, MA

Haiku Honorable Mentions


on my snow shovel
a faint crescent moo

- Brad Bennett Arlington, MA


the only colour
in this dazzling light
winter finches

- John Barlow, Lancashire, UK


the dawn flight of a tawny owl snow gives way to rain

- John Barlow, Lancashire, UK


frost heaves

- Scott Mason Chappaqua, NY


waits out the window and
startles you
autumn’s full moon

- Anh Nguyen, Cambridge, MA


hunter’s moon
my father’s name faded
on the Menin Gate

- Cezar-Florin Ciobîca, Botosani, Romania


  cold morning-
in the blue bowl

- Campbell Mann, Boston, MA


a triple-skipped rock
early light
on the harbor

- Hannah Mahoney Cambridge, MA


dune shack
another nor’easter brings
it to the brink

- Michele L. Harvey, Hamilton, NY


last day of summer
the pocket jingle
of chosen shells

- Michele L. Harvey, Hamilton, NY




junior year abroad
my daughter brings home
an Irish accent

- Alan S. Bridges, Littleton, MA


newfangled word my grandmother used

- Alan S. Bridges, Littleton, MA


the only time
i relax
dough rising

- Sarah Paul, London, UK