Japanese Calligraphy: Righteousness

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.

義 Gi: Righteousness

Rectitude or Righteousness is a loose translation of kanji Gi. The term stems from the times of samurai and Bushido, the collection of rules for Japanese warriors. Bushido shaped not only the characters of a brave samurai but it also contributed to the development of the country’s ethics and cultural values. Gi  is one of the basic principles that applies to samurai (a warrior) it’s an attitude to serve to the higher, to the family, to the community where you belong by making a moral decisions with compassion.

Years after the fall of samurai, the meaning of Gi has continued to be practiced in human relationship, in civil duties and in business. The idea of making moral decisions which can conflict with selfish needs or personal preferences, is still very powerful in Japanese culture. 

Join our next Japanese Calligraphy class with Azumi Uchitani and discover different shades and meanings of Gi in traditional and modern Japan.


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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