Haiku in Bulgaria
Bulgarian readers made contact with Japanese poetry through the French and German translations of Japanese poems. The first book of haiku, Palnolunie (Full Moon), translated from the original Japanese by Lyudmila Holodovich and Georgi Vasilev, appeared in 1985. The first collection of haiku by a Bulgarian poet, Dimitar Stefanov, appeared in 1988. The Bulgarian Haiku Club was founded in 2000 in Sofia, followed by the Haiku Club Plovdiv in 2004 and the Haiku Club Sofia (HCS) in 2005.