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Friday, May 13, 2011

Join us in a global haiku walk for Japan

As a blogger inspired initiative to honor 
the spirit and sacrifices of the people 
in Japan's stricken Tohoku region, 
we welcome you to

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

We encourage everyone to join us in collaborating with like-minded poets and 
bloggers in combining your 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 

Choose any place in your vicinity to hold your ginko walk, 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.

Click here 
to send and submit your poems. Submissions deadline will be Friday, 
May 20th, 2011.

Send up to three haiku - your submissions will remain anonymous until we post 
the winner's results. Participants will be be able to vote on their favorites on 
this site when posted.

We encourage all participants to contribute to charitable relief for the 
residents of the Tohoku region of Japan. We've listed some organizations below.

Please, enjoy yourselves, and 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
ashley capes
Charlotte D's Writer's Blog
Green Tea and Bird Song
Haiku Bandit Society
Hailstone Haiku Circle Icebox
Issa's Snail
Red Dragonfly
Shiteki Na Usagi
Word Pond

please join us!
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