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  • [JAPAN] Haiku Contest for otakus Features Hilarious Winning Entries

    One of Japan’s greatest contributions to literature is the haiku, a type of poem which has 17 syllables in a five-seven-five pattern. A contest was recently held in Japan for haikus (not to be confused with the volleyball manga, Haikyuu!!), and it was held for otakus and was called the  11th “otaku senryu contest.”

     otaku-poetry


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    The Top 10 winners received some very nifty cash prizes, and their poetry was all too hilarious, however, some of them hit too close to home. Here are the winners, as loosely translated by Rocket News 24 (Note that it’s nearly impossible to translate both the meaning and haiku format, so we opted to take some liberties with the 5-7-5 format in English.) (Note that it’s nearly impossible to translate both the meaning and haiku format, so they opted to take some liberties with the 5-7-5 format in English.):

    #1. 100,000 yen prize

    I turn off the computer
    The beautiful woman disappears
    Only my fat reflection fills the screen

    #2. 50,000 yen prize

    I have many hobbies
    But talking to people
    Is not one of them

    #3. 50,000 yen prize

    From my wallet
    A ten-thousand yen bill disappears
    Ah! And there goes another

    #3. 10,000 yen prize

    At the handshake event
    The hot guy gets two minutes
    Alas, I get five seconds

    #5. 10,000 yen prize

    The idea of buying something
    On the spot, spur of the moment
    Makes me laugh

    #7. 10,000 yen prize

    The year of Evangelion
    Came and went
    But the angels did not appear

    #7. 10,000 yen prize

    I always thought that
    Marriage was just
    Something that happened to everybody

    #10. 5,000 ($45) yen prize

    I want my hand
    To reach for the same book
    As someone else

    #11. Runner-Up

    (´・ω・`) (´・ω・`) (´・ω・`) (´・ω・`) (´・ω・`)
    (´・ω・`) (´・ω・`) (´・ω・`) (´・ω・`) (´・ω・`) (´・ω・`) (´・ω・`)
    (´・ω・`) (´・ω・`) (´・ω・`) (´・ω・`) (´・ω・`)

    #12. Runner-Up

    I couldn’t beat
    The boss of the level
    So I took a break

    #19. Runner-Up

    (Not a translation, actual submission minus parentheses.)

    I like Sukumizu (school swimming suits)
    Buruma (bloomers)
    Kneesocks

     Such poetry, much wow. That last one though…

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    Do you have any otaku-based haikus? show us in the comments below!

    Source: Rocket News 24


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