Japanese Calligraphy: love

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.

Love:  愛

In Japanese culture, the concept of “love,” or “ai” (愛), is a nuanced and profound sentiment that encompasses a range of emotions and expressions. Rooted in the principles of respect, harmony, and interconnectedness, Japanese expressions of love often emphasise a deep understanding and appreciation for the well-being and happiness of others. This extends beyond romantic affection to encompass familial bonds, friendships, and even a reverence for nature. The traditional idea of “omoiyari” embodies the selfless consideration and empathy that underpins love in Japanese relationships. Love is often portrayed as a quiet and enduring force, celebrated in art, literature, and poetry that evoke the beauty of fleeting moments and the transience of human existence. The concept of “wabi-sabi” also finds its place here, emphasizing the beauty in imperfection and the acceptance of the ephemeral nature of love. In Japanese culture, love is an intricate combination of emotions, values, and connections, where authenticity, loyalty, and the mutual pursuit of shared well-being form the foundation of this profound sentiment.

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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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