Carpe Diem's Kukai ...

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

There were several CDHK-family members who asked me to create a special page for our Kukai. Well .... I think this is what I can do. I will explain how Kukai works and on this page I will also publish the submitted haiku here and of course the winner and runner-up haiku of every Kukai.

A Kukai is a haiku-contest in which participants can submit all new never published earlier haiku (a maximum of three)  inspired on a given theme. After the closing time the participants, who submitted haiku, are be given an anonymous list of the haiku submissions. The participants than have the opportunity to be the juror by giving points to three of the submitted haiku, 3 points for the best, 2 points for the second best and 1 point for the third best haiku. Of course they may not give points to their own submitted haiku.
After the judging, I (your host) will gather the points and will announce the winner here at our Haiku Kai. Of course it is possible that we have a tied score, if that's occurring than I will ask another haiku poet to give points too.

The winner of the Kukai is given the opportunity to make an e-book of his/her haiku with a maximum of 30 pages and he/she will be the featured haiku poet in the month after the kukai. Our runner-up gets an episode of Carpe Diem Tokubetsudesu.

We have had nine kukai already, the first was "Wisteria", the second was "Summertime", the third was "juxtaposition",the fourth "Peace of Mind", the fifth "winter", the sixth "time", the seventh was "new life", the eighth was "prayers", and the nineth was the special kukai in tribute for Jane. The tenth kukai was "autumn" and today (March 18th 2017) the judging starts for the eleventh kukai "cherry blossom".

The Chery Blossom kukai had 9 contestants who have written a total of 25 haiku themed "cherry blossom".

Cherry Blossom Vancouver (photo by Eviatar Bach)


Hereafter you will find the anonymous list of haiku which were submitted for our eleventh kukai "cherry blossom"

There are a few rules which I will give here:

1. As from this kukai on it's also granted to give points for the haiku if you haven't submitted haiku;

2. You may not give points to your own submitted haiku;

3. You have to give six (6) points following the sequence:

3 points for the best haiku, 2 points for the second best haiku and 1 point for the third best haiku

4. If you have done the judging than please email your points (together of course with the number of the haiku to which you have given points) to our email address:

Please write "judging kukai cherry blossom" in the subject line.

5. You have approximately two weeks to send me your judging, so please take care that you have judged the haiku before April 1st 2017 10.00 PM (CET). If possible try it within one week, but that's not necessary ...

1. a spring blush
lightly colors her cheeks
old cherry tree

2. pink rain
on a windy spring day
cherry blossoms

3. departing train
a cherry blossom touches her cheek
held by a teardrop

4. even the young boys
wear pink in their hair
blossoming cherry trees

5. at the gate a pink sakura
settling in my grandma's palm
-a beautiful smile

6. sakura snow
your white hair
turning pink

7. blossom viewing
amid cascading flowers
butterflies rise

8. pink trees
match the hue of your lips
air scented with youth

9. old gardener
still sees her smile
in cherry blossoms

10. a lone dewdrop
lingers on the blushing petals
a blackbird' s song

11, what a way
to return home again
-cherry blossoms

12. pink boats sail
drifting slowly down river
cherry blossoms

Cherry Blossom Viewing (woodblock by Hirosighe)
13. embowered blossoms
form a pink and white aisle
for newlyweds

14. standing still
hoping to wear a crown
of falling blossoms

15. pink sakura blush
spring’s kimono falls to earth
silk snatched by a breeze

16. swirling confetti
nature celebrates rebirth
cherry blossom time 

17. sweet scented river
covered with flower wasen
spring is departing

18. Fragrant moon 
adorned with cherry blossom -
wedding in the sky

19. Transparent petals
in the sunlight –
fragile cherry blossom

20. Moonlight -
under the cherry blossoms
brilliant petal path

21. silent night
whispers caught in pink plumes
become the wind

22. clouds of pink
like cotton candy
melting in blue

23. the tree is bare
then, a splash of pink -
 ah, sakura!

24. so fragile
the first cherry blossom
starts to bloom

25. in the moonlight
the Sakura looks more fragile -
the spring breeze

Good Luck!

Chèvrefeuille, your host.

Chèvrefeuille, your host


  1. What an amazing collection: I think everyone is a winner here!
    Shows how much you have taught us over the past years.
    Thank you for giving us all a chance to read. And what a lot of extra work for you to arrange this competition.

  2. Very interesting indeed. Very hard to chooe. Am getting down to a small group but don't want to rush it! This is a very good contest, Kristjaan.

  3. I'm so happy to see how the participation has grown! A fantastic collection and hard to choose just three! :-) Bastet

  4. What a collection! Thank you for putting this together. I agree with Bastet -- it will be difficult to choose just three :)

  5. Larger participation! This is great!

  6. Amazing collection! It was a tough task to select just 3.
    I wish everyone best of luck & I loved reading all Haiku.
    Thank you dear Chèvrefeuille for putting it all together.

  7. What a beautiful collection, Kristjaan, and not an easy feat to choose from...they all stir something in the reader...well done!!

  8. I agree with eveyone. Very high standard. Difficult to choose. Thank you for this competition.

  9. Wonderful lines ! All are winners !

  10. a cluster of winter sparkles...a delightful compilation

  11. Very difficult to choose as all were so inspiring! Bravo to all who entered!

  12. A superb collection, Kristjaan, it was hard to choose.

  13. Do we have winners yet, Kristjaan?

    1. I will publish the results tomorrow November 16th.

  14. When are we judging the autumn kukai, Kristjaan?

    1. I will try to publish the judging list this upcoming weekend.