The postcards are in for the 2017-2018 World Children's Haiku Contest! This year's theme was "Living Things."
This contest, open to children around the world ages 15 and under, is organized by the JAL Foundation as one of the ways that they encourage international exchange. Every two years, children are invited to submit a haiku and a drawing, and the grand-prize winning works are published in the picture book anthology "Haiku by World Children." So far over 680,000 poems have been submitted from 52 countries and regions around the world. "It is our wish," says a statement from JAL Foundation, "to spread the joy of creating haiku to children around the world, nurture their sensitivity, deepen their understanding of Japan and Japanese culture, which gave birth to haiku, and promote international exchanges."
The Haiku form of poetry is marked by "short descriptive verse, [which] captures a moment in the poet's life, or simply expresses the beauty of nature." (JAL Foundation)
The contest is sponsored by Japan Airlines, in cooperation with Haiku International Association, Pentel, Gakken, and with support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Agency for Cultural Affairs in Japan, Japan Foundation, and Japan Committee for UNICEF.