Childhood Traditions: Exploring Boys’ Day in Japan

In this lecture we will delve into the theme of childhood, a topic of major importance for Japanese traditions and celebrations. With a particular focus on the iconic Boys’ Day festival celebrated in May, we uncover the rich cultural significance and symbolism surrounding childhood in Japan. From the elaborate displays of koinobori (carp streamers) to the revered samurai dolls, we examine how Boys’ Day festivities reflect values of courage, strength, and familial pride. Beyond the festival, we will examine broader cultural aspects of childhood in Japan, exploring traditional customs, educational practices, and societal expectations. Through a blend of historical insights, cultural anecdotes, and visual presentations, this lecture offers an exciting journey into the world of Japanese childhood and its enduring impact on the nation’s cultural identity. 

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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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