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

The Results of Kaji Aso Studio’s International Haiku Contest 2019

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.


the crack
in a tiny blue egg

First prize -
- Ann Magyar, Brighton, MA


lilac the scent almost ready


Second Prize -
- John Soules Wingham, Ontario, Canada

polar vortex…
our footprints not
where we left them


Third Prize -
- Debbie Strange, Manitoba, Canada



Senryu Award

Times Square chestnut vendor
dad’s accent
returns with the change

- Marita Gargiulo, Hamden, CT

Haiku Honorable Mentions


where the foxes make their dens trails in spring dew

- John Barlow, Lancashire, UK


calmed by weeding
the indisputable fact
of dirt

- Elizabeth Hart, Beverly, MA


hometown visit—
farm stand blueberries
stems still attached

- Scott Mason, Chappaqua, NY


Maine tidal pool
hermit crabs outnumber
my toes

- Frank Hooven, Morrisville, PA


a tuft of moss
the shortest day

- Peter Newton, Winchendon, MA


dusty spade
that one you gave me...
scent of rain

- Douglas Obenhaus, Sabattus, ME


harvest home
the organ grinder's
uneven hand

- Roland Packer Hamilton, Ontario, Canada


caught without an umbrella-

- Lawrence Rungren, Stoneham, MA


it’s not a sickbed
and I’m not sick—
deep winter

-Tom Sacramona, Plainville, MA


the galvanized tin
of the sugaring buckets

- Tom Sacramona, Plainville, MA




cabin fever—
fetching the kettle
before it screams

- Brad Bennett, Arlington, MA


latchkey kid
playing all the parts
in the sitcom

- Peter Newton, Winchendon, MA


costumed tour guide
Colonial dress
almost covering her tattoos

- Lawrence Rungren, Stoneham, MA