Yokai: Supernatural Entities in Japanese Culture

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Join us for a night of story-telling when Azumi Uchitani will take you on a  journey into the intriguing world of yokai, the supernatural entities deeply ingrained in Japanese culture. Enjoy rich folklore as you discover the realms of these mystical beings and their diverse forms and characteristics, from mischievous tricksters to benevolent protectors and everything in between. During this lecture, we will also explore the cultural significance of yokai in Japanese society, their embodiment of fears, desires, societal beliefs and how they have influenced various aspects of Japanese culture, from art and literature to festivals and traditions. Prepare to be immersed in a world of mystery, wonder, and supernatural intrigue as we explore the realm of yokai in Japanese culture.



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Speaker: Azumi Uchitani

Azumi Uchitani is an Intercultural business consultant, keynote speaker, writer, artist and founder of Japanese SALON art & culture, based in the Netherlands. She is a two-times TEDx speaker, appearing Dutch TV and media and delivering talks to an international audience in Europe and in the US. Azumi is on a mission to build an essential bridge between Japan and Europe, helping global leaders discover Japanese ancient wisdom beyond culture, teaching how to apply its wisdom in everyday life, act with inner peace and create conscious leadership and fulfilling life. Azumi decodes the complexity of Japanese culture, tradition, philosophy, spirituality and unspoken rules into a simple essence of wisdom. She was born into a traditional spiritual Japanese family and raised with the teachings of Shingon Buddhism and Shinto. The spiritual and cultural practices, such as tea ceremony, flower arrangement, calligraphy have always been a part of her life, besides that, her grandmother was a kimono maker. Her insights, a series of talks are available on her YouTube channel ‘5 minutes on Japanese Wisdom’ on YouTube.


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