Mukai Farm & Garden Launches First Haiku Festival and Contest

During April 2020, the Mukai Farm & Garden on Vashon Island will sponsor its first Haiku Festival, a juried competition for people of all ages to submit their haiku poems to compete in the following categories:

  • Heritage Award: most poignant portrayal of the history or some other aspect of the Mukai Farm & Garden
  • People’s Choice: most popular haiku
  • Funny Bone Award: most humorous haiku
  • The Young Poet Awards: top haiku from children (grades K-6) and young adult (grades 7-12)
  • Other categories that may occur to the jurors

Haiku is a poem of three lines, with the pattern of 5-7-5 sounds, or syllables. Matsuo Basho, Japan’s most famous poet described haiku as, “Simple what is happening in this place at this moment.”

“During these times of corona virus-induced uncertainly, we at Mukai wanted to find a way for our community to continue to create together,” said Rita Brogan, President of the Mukai Farm & Garden Board.

“We are sponsoring our Haiku Festival and Contest to entertain people of all ages and poetic abilities, to develop an appreciation for Haiku, and that allows us to reflect and share.”

Vashon’s Mukai Farm & Garden is a place that nurtures awareness of Asian-Pacific culture and history. The former strawberry farm has been listed on the National registry of historic Places as one of the few surviving Japanese farmsteads in the US. “In many ways, the Mukai property embodies the Japanese experience in America,” said Ms. Brogan. “The Haiku Festival and Contest, gives us a way to channel the power of poetry to express our appreciation of Japanese culture, our shared life on the island as well as to invite people to visit our lovely gardens in April – all while practicing ‘social distancing'” she added.

The deadline for entries is April 30th. entries must be submitted electronically here.  As entries come in, they will be posted on our website and later displayed (with appropriate distancing) in Mukai gardens. Between May 1st and May 9th, we encourage visitors to vote for their favorite haiku for the People’s Choice awards online or at the Mukai Farm & Garden. Judging will occur on May 10th and awardees notified that day.

According to context rules, all entries must follow the haiku convention of 17 syllables. Please include the name, contact information and age (optional) of author.

Although there is NO Entry fee, donations are welcome and Haiku participants are encouraged to join Friends of Mukai.
Corona Virus Pandemic has halted our ability to hold events and meetings – an important source of the revenue necessary to build accessible facilities, maintain our grounds and programs. Your gift will help us sustain the Mukai Farm & Garden during these challenging times.

Click the button below to view the haiku submitted. It may take a few days for your haiku to be posted after submission.