" Despite a successful international academic career as a renowned
mathematician, with professorships in Australia and the US, as well as
his native Croatia at the University of Zagreb, it is primarily as a
Japanologist and haiku poet that Vladimir Devide is now remembered.
was not only one of the world's most celebrated haiku poets, but a
tireless promoter of Japanese culture. If Croatia is now considered a
Haiku "superpower", with more poets practicing the art per capita than
any other nation, it is largely thanks to his efforts.
member of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Vladimir Devide has
won a number of awards and honours, including the Le Prix CIDALC
(1977), the Prize of the City of Zagreb (1982), and for his work as a
promoter of Japanese culture, the Japanese Order of the Sacred Treasure
Vladimir Devide died in August 2010, and this competition pays tribute to his vision and passion for haiku."