Japanese Calligraphy: 梅 Ume
This is a series of workshops designed to explore Japanese culture through the art of calligraphy and language. We will meet bi-weekly, slowly moving from season to season and uncovering new characters, rituals, concepts and beliefs deeply rooted in Japanese lifestyle. Each event we will centre around a new symbol: we will learn its meaning, discuss a poem about it, meditate and experience the power of the concept through calligraphy practice.
The 4th winter session will focus on character 梅 Ume (Plum blossom) and explore The Art of Ume. Ume is known as the flower of February which starts blossoming at the end of winter in Japan. It is a special flower that has been a popular theme of Japanese paintings and poetry for centuries. The plum blossom is one of the three set of Japanese symbols of celebration along with pine 松 and bamboo 竹 with brings luck and prosperity. Ume symbolises perseverance and hope, as well as beauty, purity, and the transitoriness of life. The plum blossom also stands for the principles and values of virtue.
About the series:
During the short meditation you will be invited to a moment of alignment between your body and soul, to find a channel through which you can listen to your inner voice. This approach helps to concentrate and sense the power of now.
This calligraphy session doesn’t have a goal to master the technique or achieve excellence in the process. Instead, what you are more likely to gain after this session is a state of peace, a feeling of wholeness, a sense of alignment.
For the more immersive experience, please, prepare calligraphy tools before the session: we will use calligraphy ink, a brush and several sheets of paper. If you already have them from previous events with Azumi Uchitani – you can continue using them. If not – you can order a calligraphy kit online or purchase items at your local art store.