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Cuban girls will compete in international Haiku contest

Havana, April 24 (Prensa Latina) Cuban girls Wendi Carballo and Sonia Concepción will compete in the International Haiku Competition for World Children, organized in this capital by Jal Foundation and the Embassy of Japan in Cuba.

As reported today by the diplomatic mission of Tokyo in Havana, yesterday at the José Antonio Díaz Peláez Experimental Center of Visual Arts, the awards for the national event were presented, which included the participation of 84 infants.

Present at the ceremony were Yokobayashi Naoki, chargé d’affaires a.i. from the Embassy of Japan, and the visual artist Jorge Braulio Rodríguez, who taught a Haiku workshop in this cultural center in Havana’s Vedado.

Last December, the Municipal Directorate of Culture of Plaza de la Revolución municipality, the Japanese Embassy in Cuba and the José Antonio Díaz Peláez Experimental Center of Visual Arts organized a Haiku workshop.

On that occasion, the initiative to teach Cuban children this form of Japanese literary art was applauded by the Japanese diplomatic representative.

Likewise, he urged the participants to take part in the International Haiku Contest for the Children of the World, scheduled until January 15 of this year.

The haiku is a type of short Japanese poetry. The poem must be composed of 17 syllables, written in three verses of five, seven and five syllables, respectively, according to specialists.