Japanese Calligraphy: Comfort

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.

Haiku of November – by Azumi Uchitani

冬の色 静けさの中 心地よく

Fuyu no iro    shizukesa no naka  kokochi yoku


Winter colours

Into the silence

In comfort

心地よい Koko Chi Yo I: Comfort

As the temperature outside drops, the need for a warm meal and a comfortable home rises. Understanding of comfort in Japan is closely connected to cycles of nature. And the word kokochiyoi has a very direct meaning: Koko (心, means Heart) and Chi (地, means Earth), so the idea of comfort literally means ‘a grounded heart’. 

Japanese gardens, meditation practice, tea ceremony or origami folding – Japanese culture offers countless possibilities to bring our attention to the moment and find roots and comfort in the mundane. 

Join the next Calligraphy class with Azumi Uchitani as she takes you on a journey seeking for comfort.


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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