Japanese Calligraphy: ‘marriage’

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.

Marriage:  結婚

In Japanese culture, the institution of marriage, or “kekkon” (結婚), holds deep-rooted significance, embodying the values of tradition, family, and societal harmony. Marriages are often seen as a union not just between two individuals, but between families, connecting lineages and fostering a sense of continuity. The process of courtship and marriage is often approached with a sense of deliberation, guided by considerations of compatibility, family reputation, and shared values. Traditional Shinto wedding ceremonies, with their elaborate rituals and symbolic gestures, underscore the spiritual and cultural dimensions of marriage, emphasizing the importance of divine blessings and the harmonious blending of energies. Moreover, the concept of “ie” (家), or family, carries substantial weight, with marriages often seen as a means of continuing family legacies and maintaining social order. Over time, while modern influences have brought changes to marital dynamics, the core values of respect, mutual support, and the pursuit of shared happiness remain integral to the enduring institution of marriage in Japanese culture.

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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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