Meet Me at the Fair! Sakura Days Japan Fair


Since our time in Japan, my husband and I have been dying to go back. During our 6 months in Yamanakako, we fell in love with the land, the people, and the culture, which is why I was so excited to get involved with the Sakura Days Japan Fair here in Vancouver! It advertises itself as a fair that, "celebrates all things Japan, from Japanese food, performances, to arts and culture." Any opportunity to immerse ourselves back in the culture, we're up for!

Initially, I offered to do a spoken-word performance of my haiku but the organizers approached me and asked if I would be up for hosting a haiku workshop too! How could I refuse? I can't wait to dive into haiku with everyone at the fair and to share my love of all things Japan (I've even dusted off my kimono which I definitely don't get enough opportunity to wear!) 

We're 2 months away from the big day and preparations are furiously underway behind the scenes. I can't wait to see you there!


Sakura Days Japan Fair, Vancouver | April 13-14, 2024

Join me at the Sakura Days Japan Fair in Vancouver this April for a two-day celebration of Japanese art, culture, food, and more! I will be hosting a 30-minute haiku workshop at 1PM during the festivities at the Experience Japan Tent, and performing two spoken-word pieces of my haiku from the Floral stage (situated by the VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Center) on Saturday, one at 11:50AM and the second at 2PM. 

Here's the official write-up of the workshop: Join Vancouver-Island-based poet, Sophia Conway, as she leads an interactive workshop introducing the ancient Japanese poetry form of traditional haiku. Hear the poetry of the old Haiku Masters; Bashō, Buson, Issa, and Shiki, and practice writing your own! This is a fun and introductory class for all ages.

More information about the event itself here! 

Workshop Resources

Haiku Society of America

British Haiku Society

Haiku Canada

Irish Haiku Society

Australian Haiku Society

African Haiku Network

The Haiku Foundation

Haiku International Association 

About Haiku [The Poetry Foundation]

About Haiku [The Academy of American Poets]

The Haiku Masters [World-in-Words]

Recommended reading on Haiku [Graceguts]