Thursday, December 25, 2008

Whoa 0o0

I just received this...

Dear Jenny,

Merry Christmas! Congratulations!!!

Thank you so much for sending us your lovely Haiku for the Anne of Green Gables Symposium December 7, 2008.

Your haiku was selected in the top 11 and was read aloud twice to an audience of about 800 people. Your "angel hair" haiku was also placed on display and many people enjoyed your imagery.


We will send you a certificate and a prize as soon as we can.

In March we will be putting together a haiku book to raise money for an orphan scholarship fund.

We will post some Haiku news as soon as we can on

Thank you so much for your haiku, Jenny.

Best wishes,

Yuka, Yo, Mayumi, and Craig
100th Anniversary of Anne of Green Gables Kyoto University of Foreign Studies Haiku Committee

Anne of Green Gables 100th Anniversary
Haiku Contest Special Award Winners

For Haiku in Japanese: The Hanako Muraoka Award


-朽木 久子

For Haiku from Canada: The Lucy Maud Montgomery Award

How close the moon
flowering apple trees

by Terry Ann Carter

For the International Award, from Romania: The President Tetsushi Horikawa Award

A girl dresses
her doll for the ball

by Vasile Moldovan

The Eight Other Winners of the 100th Anniversary of Anne of Green Gables Symposium Award:

These eight haiku are not ranked in order of merit. They are all given equal respect and appreciation.

- (青木 籌子, Japan)

More freely
I want to run like Anne
in wheat fields
- ( Asuka Takahashi, Japan)

- (西村 清美, Japan)

Chilly breeze
glides through angel hair
autumn clouds
(Jenny Ang Lu, Taiwan)

- (大井 亜紀, Japan))

Rising sun
Anne saw such a scene?
Morning cold
- (Ayaka Kimura, Japan)

- (梶原 由佳,Japan)

Wild rose
and apple scented geranium
"kindred spirits"
- (Terry Ann Carter, Canada)

Dear Kindred Spirit Hakuists,

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for entering the Anne of Green Gables 100th Anniversary Haiku Contest.

452 lovely lovely poems in Japanese and in English were received from seven nations by e-mail, fax, letter and postcard. As the Haiku were received, the poems were displayed in the entrance hall of the main building of Kyoto University of Foreign Studies. The Haiku were placed on ovals of coloured paper and hung by red and green string on an Anne Christmas tree. Other Haiku ovals were displayed nearby on artists' easels with photographs which Anne Executive Committee students took while on an Anne of Green Gables Seminar on Prince Edward Island in September 2008. The haiku on display were changed every day.

The Haiku display was moved to Morita Hall for the December 7 Symposium. Following the symposium, the display was moved back to the main building until the end of classes in 2008. We will try to display all of the haiku we have received. Students and teachers gather every day to read the haiku on the way to and from classes. Thank you everyone!

The Anne of Green Gables Student Executive Committee selected their favourite Haiku. They showed these Haiku, and the complete set of all the entries, to the two poets who were our Judges, Professor David McMurray of Kagoshima International University and Professor Kishio Sakamoto of Kyoto University of Foreign Studies. 11 Haiku were selected by the judges and were read aloud twice each during the Anne of Green Gables Symposium on December 7 to an audience of about 800 people. The applause was electrifying from this large gathering of enthusiasts.

Three special guest judges selected their favourite haiku, one from Japan, one from Anne's home - Canada, and one from Romania for three special awards - The Hanako Muraoka Award, The Lucy Maud Montgomery Award,and the Kyoto University of Foreign Studies President Tetsushi Horikawa Award.

The three special judges:
Miss Eri Muraoka, the granddaughter of the first Japanese translator of Anne of Green Gables, Hanako Muraoka.

Ms. Kate Macdonald Butler, the grandaughter of Anne of Green Gables author,Lucy Maud Montgomery.

Professor David McMurray,the author of the International Hakuist, an International Herald Tribune/Asahi Newspaper column.

The 11 winners will soon be receiving certificates and prizes from the Anne Haiku Contest Committee.

Each of the 452 entries has been read, appreciated, and is being displayed. Thank you, everyone. Thank you! Thank you! We are truly kindred spirits!

Best wishes from the Anne 100th Anniversary at Kyoto University of Foreign Studies Team

Merry Christmas everyone!


Thunderthud said...

Congratulations for being recognized as a literary lioness.

Booyah! said...

growl... hehe

Ying li said...


Booyah! said...

hey katri!
long time no see!
what's up? :D