Cities of Green Leaves Ginko no Kukai

Poetry Park – Phalen Lake

As a blogger inspired initiative to honor
the spirit and sacrifices of the people
in Japan’s stricken Tohoku region,
we are pleased to announce

Cities of Green Leaves Ginko-no-Kukai May 14 and 15, 2011

We encourage everyone
to join in an international nature walk
to be held May 14 and 15
followed by an international haiku contest.

We invite you to walk with us on those days, collaborating with like-minded poets and bloggers in combining their skills and talents, enter your haiku in a peer judged contest, and take the opportunity to offer aid and support to our friends in Japan in a consensus of thought, well wishes and kinetic energies to occur simultaneously around the globe.

It’s no surprise the kukai’s topic will take its cue from Sendai, Japan’s annual Aoba Matsuri Festival, an event held originally to honor the city’s founder, Date Masamune. The date has now become an annual celebration with thousands of visitors, a parade, sparrow dance, taiko drums and tree lined streets as part of the festival each year to rejoice in the arrival of spring’s new greenery and rebirth.

You may choose any place to hold your ginko walk in your vicinity, as long as it holds the attributes to inspire many to compassionate action in the beauty of poetry, and the celebration of the renewing power of nature’s seasons.

The address to submit your poems will be posted here this third weekend of May. Please return often until then for further updates and poetry. We look forward to walking with you!

Charitable Donations

Architecture for Humanity

Japanese Red Cross Society

Ngo Jen Official Website

Salvation Army in Japan

Participating Blogs

Area 17

Charlotte D’s Writer’s Blog

Green Tea and Bird Song

Haiku Bandit Society

Hailstone Haiku Circle Icebox

Red Dragonfly

Word Pond

please join us!

(click on highlighted text for more info)


I thought this fund-raising, poetry-creating competition was a great idea from Willie at the Haiku Bandit Society and I’m going to try and come up with a haiku-walk of my own (hoping for a lovely late autumn day) though the haiku community of my hometown is tiny, so it might take some rousing to get some extra numbers out there!

3 thoughts on “Cities of Green Leaves Ginko no Kukai

  1. Sounds brilliant. It’s been a while since I wrote a haiku, but the walk will be great. Up and down the Yarra is one of my faves. It always has a deep and old tranquility to its lazy drawl down to Port Phillip Bay. Thanks for the spirit displayed in this post Ashley. Inspiring.

    • My pleasure, Alec, wish I could take more credit! Willie has a great thing going, and I’m keen to give it a shot this coming weekend. And I’m really excited about the idea of the peer-judged comp, should be interesting too. Yeah, the Yarra does have a sludgy tranquility, huh?

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