Contest Introduction: Mizu No Oto - Every Image Has Its HaikusteemCreated with Sketch.

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furu ike ya / kawazu tobikomu / mizu no oto

an ancient pond / a frog jumps in / the splash of water

This famous haiku was written in 1688 by Matsuo Munefusa (松尾 宗房), better known as Bashō (芭蕉), namely “banana tree” (do you see a secret pattern here too, Bananafish Tribe?).

Bashō was the poet that gave haiku its complete poetic form, isolating the first part of a sequence in collaborative comic compositions called renku (連句), and giving it autonomous life and more dignity.

From the last verse of this haiku, comes the name of the new @bananafish contest:

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What's the purpose of the contest?

As in the Finish the Story contest, the main purpose of the Mizu No Oto contest is to have fun together, unleashing our creative potential, writing, reading, commenting and enhancing our skills; in this case poetical skills.

We’d like to create a haijin (haiku writers) community that fully explores the big potential of this short poetic form, too often considered minor or silly.


The tag

Mizu No Oto contest will be characterized by the tag:


It’s very important to use this tag in every submission post, since it makes them easier to find for curators and supporters!


How it works?

• Look at the image provided in the prompt post and let yourself be inspired by it.

• Write a haiku related to the prompt image. The haiku should be composed by 3 verses with no title. The 1st verse should be 5 syllables long, the 2nd verse should be 7 syllables long, and the 3rd verse should be 5 syllables long again.

• If you aren’t confident with English enough, you can write your haiku in Spanish, French, or Italian as well. Sorry, we can’t read more languages… yet.

• Post the haiku on your blog or in the comment section below the prompt post. If you make your own post, don’t forget to put the link to it in the comment section of the prompt post!


What do you win?

Mizu No Oto has a starting jackpot of 3 @steembasicincome shares:

• The best haiku chosen by Bananafish will be rewarded with 2 SBI shares for its author.

• Furthermore, the most voted haiku by the community will be rewarded with 1 SBI share for its author.

When the contest will be well established, the prizes will increase.


What are the Bananafish criteria of judgment?

There are some qualities that make the Bashō-fish smile mysteriously, sitting in lotus position under his banana tree:

• Kireji (切れ字), a sense or grammar cut between the 1st and the 2nd verses, or between the 2nd and the 3rd.

• Kigo (季語), an explicit or implicit reference to a season.

• Sabi (寂), the sense of the inexorable passage of time.

• Wabi (侘寂), the taste for frugal and natural things.

• Mono no aware (物の哀れ), empathy with nature and human life.

• Yūgen (幽玄), sense of wonder and mystery.

• Karumi (軽み), beauty in simplicity.

• Shiori (しおり), gentleness.

These aren’t strict rules, but elements of poetical sensibility that add value to a haiku, if present.


When Mizu No Oto contest will be out?

This contest will run weekly on @bananafish blog, every Friday around 1:00 PM, GMT -7 (Pacific Daylight Time).


So, dear potassiumholic friends, watch for the first edition of Mizu No Oto on Friday 7th September, and don’t forget #haikucontest tag! Spread the word!

Your humble Bashō-fish zen disciple


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I was going to miss it and I saw this one looking at me and rebuking 😅


It's Jodie Foster. She looking at you, like...I got something really off to say to you and you're just, ya know...walking away.

A bananafish
swims without fins.
Currents flow free.


Ovation! :-O Let's make it become our official haiku!


Indeed! This goes directly in the Friday post!


How long have you been holding it aside?
Awesome Rowan!


I, as the Pirate Cap'n of the Inter-Universal Union o' Pirates, cast my vote that this haiku branded and stamped with the Bananfish Tribe (anti-TM) Logo shall be the official haiku for the @bananfish family! Anywho me matey: time for me to set sail and make me a haiku!
Times up, death's comin' 'n' Jolly Roger.png


Ha ha, I just made it up now @marcoriccardi. Haiku are fun... I love counting the syllables ;-)

Only your raving mind could produce the Bashō-fish! XD Great concept, great vision (no I'm not talking to myself, it's @marcoriccardi writing this post). Let's throw the pebble in the pond and admire the waves!


Welcome to the contest @rosanita!

Perfect! I've never really explored the haiku form, excellent opportunity to get started :)


This will become a weekly exercise to learn haiku poetry together.. welcome on board and see you tomorrow!

I haven't tried this before. I hope my ideas flow for this new challenge ♥


Just have fun, we learn together 😉

Helping with a movie audition next couple of days. Hope to write a haiku during that time.


Movie audition.. cool!
I manage to scribble them at work on a post it usually but then I've to pay attention ti not let it around lol

I don't write haiku. It's not my accustomed form. But I'll do my best.


Sometimes I take it as a sort of puzzle to solve..

This should also be fun to try.


It is you'll see! 😁

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Wao! A challenge in this contest

Watching the posts flow
I notice "Haiku Contest"
Mind's trepidation

To my eternal shame I've literally tried constructing haiku only like once or twice before. But it just hit me, that while I've not the soul of a poet, this is excellent mental exercise!

Amateur expects nothing
His brain flailing and twisting
I'm motivated!

(I swear I'll improve)


First of all, your attitude is awesome.

But it just hit me, that while I've not the soul of a poet, this is excellent mental exercise!

It's true! It's an excellent brain energizer for a whole amount of reasons that we'll discover together 👍