NZJS Haiku & Shodo competition

NZJS Haiku & Shodo Competition 2018

Application Form for NZJS Haiku & Shodo Competition 2018

The NZJS Haiku & Shodo competition aims to provide an opportunity for learners of Japanese language to express their thoughts and feelings in a Japanese Haiku poem and to experience the traditional Japanese art of calligraphy.

Entry is open to high school students between Year 9 and 13 who are studying Japanese at schools throughout New Zealand (non-native speakers of Japanese).

Participants are required to compose a Haiku poem in Japanese, in the form of 3 lines consisting of 5, 7 and 5 syllables (one syllable typically corresponds to one Japanese Hiragana character), and write it on a long strip of paper vertically with a writing brush (fude) and ink (sumi). Half size of hanshi (Japanese paper for calligraphy) is recommended to be used. The participant’s name must be written in Japanese Katakana at the left side bottom corner. Haiku poems will be judged based on the content (creativity and interest), the use of Japanese language (expressions and accuracy), and the writing of the poem in calligraphy.

Winners will be selected by the Haiku and Shodo Committee. The judges’ decision will be final, and no correspondence will be entered into. Prizes will be sponsored by the Japan Foundation ( and the NZ Japan Society of Auckland Inc. The shortlisted participants will be interviewed by the NZJS council members both in Japanese and in English.

The selected overall winner (comprising Haiku, calligraphy and interview) will be able to participate in a one-week home-stay programme in Japan (date to be confirmed). Students’ haiku will be displayed in the foyer of the Consulate General of Japan in Auckland and also at Taste of Japan, held in Auckland in late August.


  1. Each individual must complete the following online application form: Application Form for NZJS Haiku & Shodo Competition 2018
  2. Haiku poems must be sent to the following address NO LATER than Friday July 27, 2018.  Schools may send students’ haiku in bulk or they can be sent by each individual student.

Haiku & Shodo Competition
The NZ Japan Society of Auckland
P.O.BOX 74063, Greenlane, AUCKLAND 1546


– This competition is only open to non-native speakers of Japanese
– Entries must be the writer’s original work, which has not been previously published. Students was create and write their own haiku

– Any entries received after the due date will not be accepted.
– Copyright for all entries passes to the New Zealand Japan Society of Auckland. (Entries will not be returned).

A visiting visa to Japan must be obtained by the winner if necessary.

For further information or inquiry please contact:
Adam Burden

Application Form for NZJS Haiku & Shodo Competition 2018

2018 Haiku Shodo Competition Report

The 2018 competition saw 28 entries from 11 schools throughout New Zealand. It was pleasing to see a larger number of schools compete this year. However, the number of entries per school was down on 2017, which resulted in a decrease in the total number of entries.

The competition, open to all secondary school students in New Zealand, required students to create a Japanese haiku written in calligraphy. Six students were shortlisted for an interview held in August, with the first prize awarded to the candidate who would best represent New Zealand and who would most benefit from the experience.

The winner of the first prize will participate in an all-expenses paid homestay experience, including a return flight ticket to Fukuoka, sister city of Auckland, later in 2019.

All of students’ submitted works were displayed at “Taste of Japan” at Auckland Museum, which attracted many visitors – both Japanese and non-Japanese. The prizegiving ceremony has also held here.

We would like to acknowledge the Japan Foundation and the Consulate office of Japan, whose continued support allow us to run the competition and the Fukuoka City Council for their support of hosting the first prizewinner. Special mention also needs to made to committee members and volunteers from the New Zealand Japan Society for their involvement in the competition.

Congratulations to all prizewinners and entrants. We look forward to hearing more of Yujin’s homestay experience in 2019.


GOLD AWARD (1-week homestay to Fukuoka): Yujin Park (Rangitoto College).

SILVER AWARD ($200 voucher): Alex Sun (Macleans College).

BRONZE AWARD ($100 voucher): Vivian Chang (Hillcrest High School).

Below: Yujin Park, Alex Sun. Vivian Chang


Winners’ Reports

The winner’s report 2018 – Yujin Park

The winner’s report 2017 – Tessa Brown
The winner’s report 2017 – Kim Magtibay

The winner’s report 2016 – Denbigh Kirkbeck
The winner’s report 2015 – Nain Alfante
The winner’s report 2014 – Edward Popham
The winner’s report 2013 – Andrew Saunders

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