Past General Announcements
The 2017 Tokutomi Memorial Haiku Contest
Enter the oldest USA-based international haiku contest of traditional Japanese haiku.
Win a Prize! $100 $50 $25 to the top three haiku.
- In hand-deadline of May 31, 2017
- Haiku must be in English.
- Haiku must have 17 syllables in a 5-7-5 pattern.
- Haiku must use only one kigo from the contest list. Haiku with more than one recognized kigo will be disqualified.
2017 Contest Kigo List
- New Year: first morning
- Spring: tadpole, departing spring
- Summer: midday nap, flea
- Autumn: school begins, harvested fields
- Winter: winter cloud, early plum blossoms
Can be found here.
Call for 2017 YTHS Anthology Submissions
The Yuki Teikei Haiku Society invites its members to contribute to the Society’s annual anthology, which will be edited this year by Phillip and Amy Kennedy. The in-hand deadline for submissions is July 1, 2017.
Email to: email@example.com
Subject Line: 2017 Anthology
In the body of the email, please include 6 to 10 haiku. You may submit haiku that have appeared in the Society’s newsletter GEPPO or haiku that are unpublished. Provide your name, city, and state (or country), as you would like them to appear.
Hard copy submissions with the above information may be sent to:
Phillip and Amy Kennedy
250 Forest Ridge Rd. #59
Monterey, CA 93940
Winter Holiday Party, Pot Luck and Haiku Exchange
at the home of:
Al and Patricia Machmiller
6116 Dunn Ave.
San Jose, CA 95123
on December 10, 2016 from 5-9 PM. Phone (408)373-5024 for directions and more details. Newcomers welcome. Please bring a dish(no peanuts please) and a haiku (25-30 copies) to share.
Jane Reichhold (1937—2016)
It is with great sadness we report the passing of Jane Reichhold. She was a great friend to YTHS and to the world of haiku. In 1991 when Yuki Teikei needed someone to take over the editorship of GEPPO, Jane very generously volunteered; she served as editor until 1993.
Jane was born Janet Styer in Lima, Ohio. Over forty books of her haiku, renga, tanka, and translations have been published. Her latest book by Kodansha USA, was Bashō: The Complete Haiku. Another recent book was A Dictionary of Haiku, Second Edition, containing about 5,000 haiku which is available through Amazon.com. As founder and editor of AHA Books, Jane also published Mirrors: International Haiku Forum, and she co-edited with her husband, Werner Reichhold, Lynx for Linking Poets from 1992–2014. Lynx went online in 2000 on AHApoetry.com, the website Jane started in 1995. For many years she and Werner resided near Gualala, California.
Jane was a creative, exuberant, and prolific writer; here are a few of her many haiku from From the Dipper . . . Drops, Humidity Productions (Gualala CA, 1983):
no guests today In the spring sunshine a fly swatter lies across the strangeness of his perfectly the Sunday papers normal thumbnail In my garden Caught on a grape leaf the apples on this still bent tree enough raindrops to water are still not mine. a sparrow floating islands carry the sum mer’s heat their own clouds of mist swallowed up by the gap migrating whales in the watermelon
Friends of Jane shared these haiku:
shocked by her death legendary golden rose a friend I longed to know— their love for each other on a broken stem mid-summer fog Altair and Vega lingering fragrance Carolyn Fitz Patricia J. Machmiller Eleanor Carolan
At every biennial HNA meeting there is a session memorializing poets who have died since the last meeting. This year there were many names of people well known and dear to YTHS members. After the formal presentation there was an opportunity for audience members to call out names of poets who had earlier passed away.
A special exhibit, Shining Wind: Forty Years of English Haiku, was on display April 3rd to April 19th, 2015 at the Japanese American Museum, 535 N. 5th St., San Jose, CA. Thursdays – Sundays 12 – 4 PM (see the 2015 Society Events page for more details). This exhibit was a lively look at the Yuki Teikei Haiku Society teaching English speakers a traditional Japanese poetry form: haiku.
A 1975 Japantown start-up by the husband and wife team, Kiyoshi and Kiyoko Tokutomi, YTHS has blossomed into a vigorous society centered in San Jose, but with outreach to many other US states, and other countries, including: Canada, Australia, and Japan. Today members celebrate a long list of accomplishments including: a bi-monthly newsletter, an annual members’ anthology, a regional saijiki, an annual haiku contest, and an annual Haiku Retreat.
At the 2012 Retreat YTHS hosted the great physicist and haiku poet, Dr. Akito Arima from Tokyo. In each season throughout the year, YTHS members gather to write and exchange haiku: in May—a Teahouse Reading in San Jose’s Japanese Friendship Garden; in July—on the seventh day of the seventh month, Tanabata; in Fall— a moon-viewing party; and in December—a Winter Holiday Party. Come enjoy the merger of a graceful tradition with modern Silicon Valley life, as evidenced in the historical photos, artifacts, memorabilia, and haiku on display.
It is with profound sadness we report that Teruo Yamagata, born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1932, the President of the Yukuharu Haiku Society of Japan, and a long-time member of Yuki Teikei Haiku Society passed away on February 16, 2015 in Tokyo. As an engineer for IHI, Yamagata often traveled to the Bay Area where he meet with Kiyoko and Kiyoshi Tokutomi, founders of YTHS. He had the privilege of studying English under R. H. Blythe in 1948. He was awarded the Yukuharu SOSHUN Prize in 1977. He touched many lives in the haiku world, both in Japan and America. An article about Mr. Yamagata, that appeared in the twenty-fifth anniversary of Young Leaves, written by Patricia Macmiller, can be found here, YTHS has also honored Mr. Yamagata with his own Haiku Poets’ Page.
Cherry Blossom Stamp
Ki no Tomonori (c.850–c.904)
the light filling the air
is so mild this spring day
only the cherry blossoms
keep falling in haste—
why is that so?