Welcome to the Annual
Japanese Poetry
Contest Home Page

University of Hawaii
East Asian Languages and Literatures

1999 to 2005

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 Japanese Poetry Contest

The Japanese Poetry contest was started in the spring semester of 1999 by voluntary faculty of the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures and has since become an annual event.  The contest provides an excellent opportunity for our students to use the Japanese grammar and expressions that they have learned in class to express their individual feelings in a creative manner.  The contest also shows the  students that the Japanese language they are learning is not limited to the confines of the classroom, but it is a living language that can reach out to the world and be appreciated by all who understand Japanese.  The contest also creates a bond between the university and the community in Hawaii which helps sponsor the contest.

Depending on the year, we divided the entries into different divisions.  In the inaugural year, we divided the 54 entries into two  divisions, the beginning level and the intermediate level.  By the  fourth contest, the contest grew in scope to 167 entries and four divisions, the beginning level, intermediate level, advanced level, and tankadivision.  Prizes for the winners have been donated by various organizations and individuals in Hawaii, to whom we are very grateful.  The winning poems were read by the students on radios stations KZOO and KJPN, and articles about the contest were published in newspapers and journals such as The Hawaii Hochi, East-West Journal, and Ka Leo O Hawai'i.

For further information contact any of the committee members:

Gladys Nakahara [email: gnakahar@hawaii.edu; phone: (808)956-2084]
Masami Lachmann [email: lachmann@hawaii.edu; phone: (808)956-6851]
Misako Steverson [email: steverso@hawaii.edu; phone: (808) 956-2084]

To view Poetry Contest winners, contributors, winning poems, and articles select the following text link:


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University of Hawaii at Manoa

Department of East Asian Languages & Literatures, Moore Hall 382

1890 East-West Rd.,

Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A., 96822
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