Result of the Fourth Japan-EU English Haiku Contest
September 2, 2013
1. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and the European Union (EU) hosted the Fourth Japan-EU English Haiku Contest on the theme of "Rainbow" from June 3 to August 1.
2. The total number of entries was 710: 185 entries from Japan and 525 entries from the EU member states.
3. After careful examination, Ms. Misato Oi and Mr. Giorgos Paximadis were awarded First Prizes on the Japanese and EU sides respectively. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan will invite Mr. Giorgos Paximadis to Matsuyama City, which is considered to be the birthplace of modern Haiku in Japan. The Delegation of the European Union to Japan will invite Ms. Misato Oi to Belgium, the home country of European Council President Mr. Herman Van Rompuy, an avid haiku poet himself as well as the place where several EU Institutions are headquartered.
4. Five honorable mentions were also selected in each section. Those who won honorable mentions will be offered commemorative gifts from Matsuyama City or the EU.