Matsuyama Declaration

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Matsuyama Declaration[1][2][3][4]was announced in September 1999, reviewing the prospect of world haiku in the 21st century, and the shape that the Haiku must then take. Coordination Council of Matsuyama Declaration (Head of the secretariat is Gania Nishimura) was held in Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture, on July 18, 1999 and the draft of the Declaration was created. At the Shimanami Kaido 99 International Haiku Convention[5] on September 12, 1999, the Declaration was officially announced. The proceeding of the Convention covered live on the internet to the entire world by Shiki team in Matsuyama Information Handling Chamber and was also broadcast on BS Forum “Declaration of Haiku Innovation” on October 2, 1999.


The Declaration consists of the following 7 parts:

  • 1. Matsuyama - The Place
  • 2. The Spread of Haiku throughout the World
  • 3. Why Did Haiku Spread Throughout the World? The Heart of Haiku
  • 4. The Problems of Teikei (fixed form) and Kigo (season words)
  • 5. The "Shadows" and "Echoes" in the Works of the Leading Poets of the World
  • 6. Trends Toward Internationalization, Universalization and Localization of Haiku
  • 7. Let's Give Poetry Back to the People / A World Poetry Revolution in the 21st Century


The Matsuyama Declaration of 12 September 1999 is a statement made by the following people:

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