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Friday, Nov. 13, 2009

Autumn has arrived, it is now time to reflect, at a haiku meet

Staff writer

With autumn leaves changing colors and the sunlight dimming, it's a good time to evoke some mental lyricism.

Haiku, a Japanese form of short poetry popular worldwide, will get you started.

The Haiku International Association (HIA), a nonprofit organization aimed at promoting haiku globally, will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its establishment with a symposium titled Haiku Worldwide — Present and Future on Nov. 28. The event, cosponsored by The Japan Times, will welcome haiku aficionados from overseas. The panelists include Lenard Moore, president of the Haiku Society of America; Annie Bachini, president of the British Haiku Society; Stefan Wolfschutz, president of the German Haiku Society; Marijan Cekolj, president of the Croatian Haiku Society; and HIA President Akito Arima.

Haiku Worldwide — Present and Future will be held from 10:30 a.m. at Ichigaya Arcadia in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo. Admission is ¥1,500 per person. The deadline for booking is Nov. 15. For more information, call (03) 5228-9004, or visit www.haiku-hia.com

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