Japanese Calligraphy: cove

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.

Cove: 江 e

In Japanese culture, the concept of “cove” holds a profound significance that extends beyond its natural and geographical connotations. A cove in Japanese, is more than just a sheltered inlet along the coastline; it encapsulates a harmonious blend of tranquility, beauty, and introspection. Symbolizing a haven of serenity, coves are often depicted in traditional art forms such as ukiyo-e prints, capturing their ethereal charm and the delicate interplay between land and sea. This notion of a cove extends metaphorically to represent moments of respite amidst life’s tempests, where one can seek solace and self-discovery. Just as the physical cove offers protection from the crashing waves, the concept metaphorically illustrates the cultural emphasis on finding balance, seeking refuge, and appreciating the hidden gems within life’s intricate tapestry. Whether in artistic expressions, literature, or everyday life, the Japanese appreciation for coves mirrors their profound understanding of the delicate equilibrium between nature, self, and society.

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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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