Japanese Calligraphy: ‘to transmit’

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.

To transmit:  伝

In Japanese culture, the concept of “伝” (den) carries a special meaning, combining the essence of transmission, continuity, and the intergenerational flow of knowledge and traditions. Originated from the rich history of Japan, “den” signifies the passing down of wisdom, skills, and cultural heritage from one generation to the next. This concept is evident in various aspects of Japanese life, from the revered practice of martial arts and tea ceremony to the masterful craftsmanship in traditional arts like ikebana and calligraphy. The term “den” extends beyond formal education, capturing the informal sharing of stories, values, and experiences that shape family bonds and societal values. It also embodies the respect for lineage and the duty to honour and preserve ancestral wisdom. As a pivotal component of Japanese identity, “den” encapsulates the profound connection between past, present, and future, serving as a vessel through which the spirit of the culture is perpetuated and enriched.  Combined with another Kanji character 統” (tou),  it forms a meaning of tradition, 伝統 (dentou).

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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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