Itoen The 33rd Itoen Oi Ocha New Haiku Contest The total number of submitted poems has surpassed 41 million! 2,000 award-winning works, including the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Award

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The 33rd Itoen Oi Ocha New Haiku Contest The total number of submitted poems has exceeded 41 million! 2,000 award-winning works, including the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Award
[Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Award] Saki Koyanagi, 10 years old, Kawanabe District, Hyogo Prefecture Snow falls one by one, the god of snow [Tota Kaneko Award] Yuna Sugiyama, 15 years old, Kanagawa Prefecture Yamato City Run as a night beast in autumn

Ito En Co., Ltd. (President: Daisuke Honjo, Headquarters: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo) has decided on the 2,000 winning poems of the “33rd Ito En Oi Ocha New Haiku Contest” to be posted on the “Oi Ocha” product package. I was.
This year, the 33rd time, we received 1,946,459 poems from 517,367 people from 64 countries both in Japan and overseas. Among the many submitted works, the one that was selected for the highest award of the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology was Saki Koyanagi (age 10) from Kawabe District, Hyogo Prefecture. is the god of
In addition, the Kaneko Tota Award was decided for Yuna Sugiyama (15 years old) from Yamato City, Kanagawa Prefecture.
The corona wreck is now in its third year, and there are many entries related to the coronavirus. It is a work that depicts the feelings of the time when “my heart burst open”, and although the influence remains, there are works that gradually change in daily life and mindset.
At the online prize-winning work presentation on October 30th, a total of 2,000 people, including the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Award, the Tota Kaneko Award, the grand prize works of each category and the final judges’ evaluations, and other winners of each category, will be announced. I’m here. The archive of the distribution video can be viewed at any time on YouTube. *Click here to watch (
Also, from November 3rd, we will start accepting applications for the “34th Itoen Oi Ocha New Haiku Contest”. For details, please check the New Haiku Contest website.
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“Oi Ocha” featuring the award-winning works of the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology

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Online presentation “Opening remarks (comment by Mr. Itsuki Natsui)” ■ Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Award Prize money: 500,000 yen
Prizes: Award certificate, 1 case of “Oi Ocha” with award-winning works, amount of award-winning works, collection of selected works [free speech]
Snow falls, one by one, the god of snow
Saki Koyanagi, 10 years old, Kawabe-gun, Hyogo Prefecture
It’s snowing. Each of these snowflakes is a crystal of six flowers, and they come down from the sky without a sound. On the way, they collide and overlap each other, and fall as large snowflakes. Seeing each falling snowflake as if it were the descent of God, like the will of Mother Nature, it seems that they hold it with both hands with a majestic feeling, or spread their arms and bathe their whole body in it. . Thankfulness melts into the wonder, and you feel silent. [Author’s comment]
This haiku was created with the image of snow in winter. It’s not a snowy area to begin with, but it rarely snowed, and the entire schoolyard turned white. While looking at such a scenery, I wondered why snow fell from the sky, and wondered if God was living there. [Image 3

33 Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Prize Mr. Koyanagi
■ Tota Kaneko Award
Prize money: 200,000 yen
Prizes: Award certificate, 1 case of “Oi Ocha” with award-winning works, amount of award-winning works, collection of selected works [free speech]
Become a beast of the autumn night and run
Yuna Sugiyama, 15 years old, Yamato City, Kanagawa Prefecture (selection)
On an autumn night, an impulse welled up in my body as if I was suddenly possessed by something. It may be an unknown impulse peculiar to adolescence. With a feeling that makes me want to raise my voice unintentionally, I run into the darkness of the night, feeling like a beast. He called it “running like a beast.” It may be a whole body and mind movement like the cry of young life.
[Author’s comment]
In October, I was able to go on a school trip that was postponed twice due to the influence of the coronavirus, and I wrote about that time. During the two-night, three-day trip in Kyoto and Nara, I was able to spend time with my friends. I ran around the room. It was like a beast running around without worrying about its surroundings. It was a lot of fun, so even after the lights went out, I was scolded by the teacher for running around, but that was also a good memory. [Image 4

33rd Tota Kaneko Prize Mr. Sugiyama
■ Grand Prize
Prize money: 200,000 yen
Prizes: Award certificate, 1 case of “Oi Ocha” with award-winning works, amount of award-winning works, collection of selected works “Free speech”
[Elementary school division (including infants)] Total number of applications: 492,423 haiku
Gears in the breast of the robot Wait for spring
Hiroki Matsuura, 10 years old, Kitauwa District, Ehime Prefecture (selection)
Animated robot dolls are placed in the corners of toy boxes or warehouses. Is it snowing outside? Now it doesn’t move, it’s just a single static object. When spring comes, they will start to move as children’s playmates by winding the screws of the gears on their chests. Until then, I will be quiet and patient, waiting for spring. [Junior high school students] Total number of entries: 495,549 haiku Winter galaxy in the city where a single father lives
Yuina Kurihara, 12 years old, Yame City, Fukuoka Prefecture
My father was transferred to a rural area, and now I live apart from my family. The winter galaxy in the night sky that you look up at is also hanging over the town where your father lives, so you may be looking up at this winter galaxy in the same way and thinking about your family. It must be lonely for fathers who live alone. The feeling of wanting to see you soon is reflected in the winter galaxy. [High school student division] Total number of entries: 799,630 Gypsum and Summer Class Alone
Miku Saito, 17 years old, Katsushika Ward, Tokyo
After school, I stay in the classroom and work on the plaster statue of the arts and crafts assignment. In this case, how do you receive the contents of “two people alone”? From the context, it can be read as a plaster statue and two people alone. I may have once called out to you like a buddy while I was making a plaster statue. This feeling made the summer classroom feel like a communion of life.
[General category A (under 40)] Total number of entries: 42,857 Praying mantis eye power unmanned direct sales store
Seiya Shibazaki*, 33 years old, Saitama City, Saitama Prefecture *Officially Tatsusaki
The unmanned farmer’s market is a small stall-like hut on the roadside near the fields. The vegetables there are fresh, probably picked in the morning. The praying mantis sees it as unforgivable to the creatures who prey on those vegetables. There is no sign of anyone coming yet. The praying mantis’s eyes are shining brightly, and it seems that it has just stepped out.
[General Section B (40 and over)] Total number of entries: 79,070 New Year’s card only for Uzumaki of two-year-old child
Yoshimi Matsui (58 years old) Fukui City, Fukui Prefecture
Judging from the author’s age, the two-year-old is probably a grandchild. The Uzumaki, a grandchild, added to my parents’ New Year’s card, expresses my heartfelt greetings even though I can’t write letters yet. It’s irresistibly cute, and you can take it like a word that doesn’t turn well on your tongue. I trace the handwriting to touch the voice. Feeling the swirl of life in the whirlpools. [English haiku section] Total number of entries: 33,941
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We pick wildflowers in search of our daughter’s name
Edward Huddleston, 29 years old, USA
While searching for a good name for a daughter who might be blessed, the two go out into the fields and pick pretty flowers. Whether you want to follow the name of the flower or just want to get some inspiration. The simple parental affection overlaps with the admiration for wildflowers, and the beautiful scenery makes for a deeply flavorful haiku. “Nonohana” is a season word for autumn, but since it was written by an American, it may be spring or summer. [New Haiku Photo Section] Total number of entries: 2,989
Leave the fluorescent lamp that is about to burn out
Manami Hayashi, 24, Kawanishi City, Hyogo Prefecture
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33rd New Haiku Photo Award
Focusing on the things that everyone experiences in life, such as moving pictures, and the things that should not be written in haiku, he expresses the subtle feelings at that time, and the critical points of whether or not to write a haiku even if you notice it. It’s a story that might be overlooked, but I could feel the richness of the author’s sensibility, or rather, his individuality, which he has put into several punctuation marks in his life. It is one of the techniques of haiku to leave such scenes in words, and the personality of the author who can leave an impression on people’s hearts is desirable. The photo may look mediocre, but in fact, it is quite nerve-wracking, and there is a trick in not showing the person’s face. The haiku and photographic details come in extremely delicate yet effortlessly and very smoothly.
* Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Prize ~ General Category B Grand Prize Selection and Evaluation Final Judge Mr. Atsushi Anzai
* English haiku section grand prize work (selection and literal translation) final judge Mr. Tsunehiko Hoshino
*Shinpei Asai, the final judge of the New Haiku Photo Category Award *All the ages of the winners are those at the time of application. [33rd ITO EN Oi Ocha New Haiku Contest Application Guidelines] ■ Application divisions (7 divisions)
“Elementary School Division (Including Infants)” “Junior High School Division” “High School Division”
“General A (under 40)”, “General B (over 40)”, “English Haiku” “New Haiku Photo Section” *Since the requirements on the left are partially different from those of other sections, they will be listed separately.
■ Application requirements (other than the new haiku photo section) ●Organizer
ITO EN New Haiku Contest Executive Committee
● How to apply
You can submit up to 6 haikus per person, in both Japanese and English, by postcard, fax (A4 size), or the Internet. Please specify the entry category and work, zip code, address, name, age, phone number, e-mail address, haiku group, school name, and club name (if you belong to one). Please apply.
●Application address
Postcard: 3-23 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8553
Person in charge of “Itoen Oi Ocha New Haiku Contest”
Fax: 03-3263-5668
● Application deadline
February 28, 2022 (Monday) postmarked on the same day / valid for transmission Awards (2,000 winners, 5,000 winners, total 7,000 winners)
Prizes: 1 person from the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Award (500,000 yen in prize money and a supplementary prize) from a Japanese haiku, 1 person from the Tota Kaneko Award (200,000 yen in prize money and a supplementary prize), 1 person from each category, a grand prize, total 6 people ( A prize of 200,000 yen plus a supplementary prize), 44 Excellence Awards, 11 Judges’ Awards, 10 Supporting Group Awards, 240 Prefectural Awards, and 1,683 Honorable Mention Awards, for a total of 1,996 people. It will be posted on the package of “Oi Ocha”.
Winning (Honorable Mention): 5,000 people regardless of category will be presented with a collection of works “Free Talk” that includes the works of 7,000 winners.
● Judges (in Japanese syllabary order, titles omitted)
Japanese haiku: Shinpei Asai (photographer), Atsushi Anzai (haiku poet), Seiko Ito (writer/creator), Hideho Kindaichi (Japanese scholar), Kyoko Kuroda (haiku poet), Itsuki Natsui (haiku poet), Miyuki Miyabe (writer), Kaori Muraji (guitarist), Kazuko Yoshiyuki (actress)
English haiku: Arthur Binard (poet), Tsunehiko Hoshino (haiku poet) ●Announcement
The 2,000 winning poems will be announced on October 30, 2022 on the ITO EN website. Applicants will be notified of the screening results by mail or email from the end of October. In addition, the 2,000 prize-winning poems will be posted on the package of the “Oi Ocha” series from around February 2023.
*The application requirements are as of the time of application, but due to the spread of coronavirus infection, the announcement has been postponed, so the “announcement” includes the schedule after the postponement.
■ Application requirements (new haiku photo section)
● Application period
1st: November 3, 2021 (Wednesday) to December 12, 2021 (Sunday) 2nd: December 13, 2021 (Monday) to January 16, 2022 (Sunday) 3rd: January 17, 2022 (Monday) to February 28, 2022 (Monday) *Five monthly prizes will be decided and announced after the deadline for each round.
* Winners will receive a prize notification by direct message. ● How to apply
・Follow the official account of the ITO EN New Haiku Contest ( on Twitter
・Post your own photo and haiku (limited to unpublished ones) with the hashtag “#new haiku photo #ooi ocha”
* Only 1 work (1 haiku + 1 image set) per submission
・ Individuals who have agreed to all the implementation requirements of this campaign
・Those who have a Twitter account (If you are under 18 years old, please apply after obtaining parental consent)
*Those whose accounts are private will not be eligible to apply. ●Award
New Haiku Photo Award: 5 people each time, 15 people in total, 1 case of “Oi Ocha”
-The following awards were selected from among the 15 works selected for the New Haiku Photo Award-
Grand prize: 200,000 yen for 1 person and a supplementary prize Excellence Award: 3 people, prize money of 50,000 yen and a supplementary prize ● Judges (titles omitted)
Shinpei Asai (Photographer)
*For details, please refer to the ITO EN New Haiku Contest website (
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About the ITO EN Oi Ocha New Haiku Contest
Haiku is highly valued for its own detailed promises (seasonal words, fixed forms, etc.). But there are many great phrases that don’t live up to this promise. Expressions that are not bound by conventions are easy for beginners to work on, and at the same time, you can compete with veterans in the same arena for “expressiveness”. The “Ito En Oi Ocha New Haiku Contest” eliminates creative restrictions as much as possible, allowing you to freely express yourself in a five-seven-five rhythm.
In addition, ITO EN’s “Oi Ocha” is loved by many people all over the country, and its packaging can also be used as media. “Oi Ocha”, which was born in 1989, is ITO EN’s Japanese tea beverage brand that was developed with the aim of allowing customers to enjoy delicious green tea anytime, anywhere. I thought it was suitable for Oi Ocha. We believe that opening the packaging of our own products as a place for presenting short sentences is a new cultural activity that matches the present age.
The number of submitted works, which was 41,373 in the first contest, has now reached approximately 41,650,000.
Recently, there has been a growing interest in haiku among junior high and high school students who had little contact with haiku until now, as well as among the younger generation. is becoming established. The 33rd competition received applications from 1,042 elementary schools, 974 junior high schools, 1,123 high schools in Japan, and 3,173 overseas groups in total. By the way, about one out of every four high schools in Japan is working on the New Haiku Contest.
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