Winter gives the wonders of Japan a special kind of magic. It transforms onsens into paradises, cuisine into heart-warming fuel, and Japan's beautiful sceneries into ethereal dreamscapes.
Japan's wintertime beauty has inspired countless haikus, some of which became revered literature.
Consisting of only 3 lines, the haiku is the world's shortest form of poetry. The first and last lines feature 5 syllables, while the second line features 7.
Many Japanese poets see the haiku as the perfect way to distil the beauty of the four seasons. Here's a winter haiku by famous poet Matsuo Basho (1644 - 1694), translated into English:
Now’s your chance to experience these haiku-inspiring winter sceneries – with our Winter in Haiku Quiz Contest! Our contest winner will enjoy a free trip for 2 to wintertime Japan — including a pair of domestic tickets!
All you need to do is guess the right attraction to each of our 3 winter haikus and submit all 3 attractions in your Winter Wanderlist with an interesting caption!
The contest runs from 18 September to 30 September, so start guessing now!
Create your Winter Wanderlist on Contest page
Search for the 3 correct attractions using the haiku’s keywords
Save the 3 correct attractions to your Winter Wanderlist
Caption, submit, and share your Wanderlist
JAL is holding a haiku contest too – for kids! The 15th World Children’s Haiku Contest starts 1 October 2017. Time for your kids to unleash their poetic chops! To learn more about submission guidelines, visit http://www.jal-foundation.or.jp/contest-e.html.
My most exciting W-I-N-T-E-R time activity in Japan is:
W: Wearing a Kimono as I stroll under the glow of
I: Illuminations lighting up the streets;
N: Not feeling hungry because
T: Toasty Nikumans fill my belly;
E: Exhausted no more thanks to the
R: Rejuvenating Onsen bath I had earlier.
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