6th Haiku poem contest ends

Poet Ha Thien Son, a Doctor of Philosophy in Ho Chi Minh City won the first prize at the 6th Vietnamese-Japanese haiku contest that ended in the city last week.

At the award ceremony of the contest

At the award ceremony of the contest

Three third awards went to poets, Xuan Truong from the central coastal province of Quang Nam, Nguyen Huy Hoang and Doan Van Tiem of Phu Tho nothern province.
The organization board also presented 8 enouragement prizes.
The Japanese Consulate in HCMC cooperated with the HCM City University of Social Sciences and Humanity to launch the 6th Vietnamese-Japanese haiku contest in August. The contest received 704 submissions from authors throughout the country.
The Vietnamese-Japanese haiku contest is an opportunity for Vietnamese people to learn more about the Japanese culture. It also aims to encourage the people of the two countries to learn about each other’s language and culture.
Haiku is not usually popular in Viet Nam except with those Japanese Language students from the University of Social Sciences and Humanity. This Japanese form of verse relies on brevity and simplicity to convey its message. An art form that dates back to the seventeenth century; haiku has developed from the Zen Buddhist philosophy of simplicity and the idea of perfection that excludes the extraneous.

By Phan Hoang – Translated by Kim Khanh

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