RAWALPINDI – In connection with 60th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between Japan and Pakistan, Rawalpindi Arts Council in collaboration with the Embassy of Japan and Pakistan Haiku Society organised a Haiku Mushaira, informed council’s spokesman on Thursday.

Toshi Kazu Iso Mura, Counsellor, Embassy of Japan along with Naheed Manzoor and Resident Director Waqar Ahmed honored the graceful event as chief guests while famous poet of the country Iftikhar Arif presided over the Mushaira.  Haiku legend, Yosa Buson, was remembered in a befitting manner by the 13 renowned Pakistani Haiku poets as they recited their beautifully embellished Haikus.

In his address, Toshi Kazu Iso Mura, Counsellor Embassy of Japan, said that Haiku was a form of Japanese poetry that dates back to the 17th century and it was the most precise, compact and condensed poetry originating in Japan.

“Haiku, one of the most important forms of traditional Japanese poetry, still remains popular in modern Japan, and in recent years its popularity has also spread to many countries including Pakistan” he added.

Toshi Kazu further said that people o Pakistan and Japan stood together in miseries. Resident Director Waqar Ahmed said that diplomatic relations between Pakistan and Japan not only established on economic grounds but also have deep relations on cultural level that is why Japani Haiku has become integral part of Urdu literature.

He further added that Pakistan looks Japani cultural respectively and ready for more cooperation at any level. Abid Sial, Ali Muhammad Farshi, Asghar Abid, Ayesha Malik, Daud Rizwan, Khawar Ejaz, Naseem o Sahar, Qayyum Tahir, Rafiq Saddelvi, Sarfraz Zahid, Sharf ud Din Shami and Shaukat Mehdi presented their haikus.   

A large number of people including famous critic Dr Rawish Nadeem and many literary groups from Rawalpindi, Islamabad participated in the mushaira.