Mukai Farm & Garden
Submission deadline: 4/24/2021

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

  • Heritage Award: Most eloquent portrayal of the history or some other aspect of the Mukai Farm & Garden
  • Nature: Most elegant and poignant depiction of some aspect of nature
  • Social Justice Award: Shedding unique insight on social equity
  • The Young Poet Awards: Best haiku for 1) Children (grades K-6) and 2) Young adult (grades 7-12)
  • People’s Choice: Most popular haiku
  • 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 “Simply what is happening in this place at this moment.” Last year’s Haiku Festival drew 250 entries from all over the world, from people aged five to ninety-five.

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 Register of Historic Places as one of the few surviving Japanese farmsteads in the US. The Haiku Festival and Contest is a way to channel the power of poetry to express appreciation of Japanese culture.

For the haiku contest, there will be a limit of three entries per person. Entries must be submitted electronically on the form accessible on Mukai’s website. All haiku will be displayed throughout the Mukai Farm & Garden property through the month of May.

Between April 24 and April 30, visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorite haiku for the People’s Choice awards online or at the Mukai Farm & Garden kiosk.