Cultural Fusion: How Foreign Influences Shaped Japanese Culture

We’re excited to announce an upcoming event that delves into the fascinating integration of foreign influences into Japanese culture! Join us as we uncover the rich variety of cultural imports that have left an indelible mark on Japan’s history and identity. From language and cuisine to fashion and entertainment, we’ll explore the diverse array of influences that have shaped Japanese society over the centuries. Discover how Chinese characters were adapted into the Japanese writing system, how tea cultivation techniques were introduced from China, leading to the development of the traditional Japanese tea ceremony, and how Western styles of clothing and architecture were embraced during the Meiji Restoration. Through engaging discussions and captivating presentations, we’ll unravel the intricate connections between Japan and the wider world, shedding light on the dynamic process of cultural exchange that continues to define Japanese culture today.

Please, note:

  • the total duration of the event is 1 hour ( ~ 50mins lecture and 10mins Q&A)
  • the talk doesn’t require any prior training and anyone can join
  • This event will be recorded: the video will be available in 3-5 days after the talk
  • Guests can access all videos at a small fee; videos for members are free of charge
  • if you wish to become a member – please, learn about our membership plans


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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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