I hope this email finds you in good health in spite of the pandemic we are living through.
thought you might want to know that the Genjuan International Haibun
Contest has decided to call it a day with this year's Contest, so there
will be none in 2022. The reason is simple (unconnected with
coronavirus!): neither judges, nor officer wished to go on. It has
always been hard work and with no revenue from entry fees, an act of
charity attempting to better connect Japan with the rest of the world of
haiku. This has continued for 13 years (incl. the forerunning Kikakuza
Contest). Other things must be done instead. If you have or know of a
suitable newsletter or webpage, it might be nice for your readers to
read know this news in advance.
a final act, the Hailstone Haiku Circle (based in Kansai, Japan), which
has been running the Contest for the past 8 years, has just published
an anthology of awarded pieces from the last 4 years (+ judges'
comments, judges' haibun, new trans. of Kyorai, Basho, Kikaku,
and illustrations by Buson and Taiga). It can be ordered from overseas
sales officer, Hitomi Suzuki here: firstname.lastname@example.org