Japanese Calligraphy: sabi

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.

Sabi: sabu/ j-aku (寂)

Sabi is another Japanese aesthetic concept that is closely related to wabi, but with a greater emphasis on the beauty of ageing and decay. Sabi values the patina and weathering that comes with time and use, whether it be on a building, a piece of furniture, or a work of art. It is often associated with the idea of impermanence and the passage of time. Sabi also emphasises the beauty of simplicity, but in a way that is more rugged and weathered. It is not just about finding beauty in the natural materials themselves, but also in their history and the stories they tell. Sabi encourages individuals to appreciate the beauty of things that have been around for a long time and to see its natural state and scars as a source of character and beauty.

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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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