Kyle Kurihara – an intern with the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC) in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, California – invites haiku poets from Australia and around the world to contribute work towards a project called Haiku for Peace, in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
International haiku poets can post their haiku directly onto the Haiku for Peace project’s Facebook event page, found here:
Non-Facebook users can send their haiku by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Haiku for Peace project members will transcribe work that has been received digitally onto post-it notes for display on a haiku wall at JACCC, starting this week and continuing until September 17.
After that date, copies of the haiku offered will be sent both to Hiroshima and to the Emanuel African Methodist Church in Charleston, South Carolina, the site of shootings in June.
Kyle asks for poets of all levels and backgrounds to show their support by writing a haiku about peace.
It is hoped that the haiku wall at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center will feature a variety of languages from people across the globe.
Currently there is representation from various states in the USA, as well as haiku from Ireland, the UK, Poland and Denmark.
Kyle Kurihara asks members of the international haiku community to also show their support by spreading this message to other haiku societies and related groups across the world.