Japanese Calligraphy: 茶 Cha (Tea)

This is a series of workshops designed by Azumi Uchitani 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.

We will finalise our spring season with the last calligraphy session and the character 茶 Cha (Tea). Early May is the time to harvest tea leaves. Around 2nd of May is Hachi Ju Hachi Ya – the 88th day from the first spring day according to the traditional Japanese calendar, marking the transition to the new season when the plants and flowers start sprouting and that includes tea leaves. This is the date when new tea leaves are harvested to make the finest grade Matcha tea. It is a ceremonial event and it is believed that drinking tea buds picked on the eighty eight day will bring all the energy contained in the new tea leaves for longevity. There is an old saying: ‘The tea leaves harvested on Hachi ju Hachi ya will keep us away from illness and give us a long life.’

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.

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GUIDE – 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.

http://www.azumiuchitani.com

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Refunds

Please, note that we issue refunds on tickets cancelled at least 24h prior the event.

If price is an issue…

We understand and respect different circumstances. If you are in a position that price is a barrier for you to attend this event, contact us directly and we will grant you a free ticket, no questions asked. We design these events to be as inclusive and as open to everyone as possible.

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