Folding Your Way to Discipline: the art of origami in Japanese family

The Japanese family has long been known for its emphasis on order and discipline, particularly when it comes to raising children. In Japan, children are taught from a young age to respect each other, stay organised and follow certain rules. One of the ways to develop a discipline is about maintaining a clean and orderly home which is seen as a reflection of one’s character and values. Folding cloth, carrying a ‘Hankachi’ – our own fabric to dry hands, recycling of wrapping paper, efficient and compact storage of items while also reducing waste. Similarly, origami requires precision and attention to detail, reflecting the Japanese belief in the importance of meticulousness and quality. Both practices encourage kids to take pride in their work and strive for excellence in all aspects of life. In addition to promoting order and discipline, these traditions also highlight the beauty and creativity that can emerge from simplicity and minimalism.

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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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