Last year, poets from 96 countries and territories submitted 5,303 photo haiku to the NHK World TV web-based programme Haiku Masters.
The photo haiku is a relatively new form of visual literature. Each month the Haiku Masters production team calls for entries from around the globe via social media to which renowned Japanese haiku poet, Michio Nakahara, applies his perspicacity and artistic sensitivity to interpret the entries. At the end of each episode he singles out one contributor to receive the title Haiku Master of the Month.
Episode 12 of the award-winning show was a special, review edition in which guest Koshio Kumura, haiku poet and Professor of English Literature at Nihon University, joined sensei Michio Nakahara and his co-host Kit Pancoast Nagamurato.
The three poets took a look back on some of their favourite pieces over the past year to define what makes a great photo haiku. I was extremely honoured to have had three of mine featured in this beautifully shot, informative programme.
Unfortunately, it is no longer possible to view the episodes.