Japanese Calligraphy: unification

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.

Unification:  統

In Japanese culture, the concept of “統” (tou) embodies the notions of unity, organisation, and harmonious governance. This kanji reflects the cultural focus on bringing disparate elements together to create a cohesive whole. “Tō” is evident in various aspects of Japanese society, from the structured order of traditional arts such as ikebana and bonsai to the meticulous arrangement of gardens and architectural spaces. Moreover, the concept extends to leadership and governance, highlighting the importance of effective coordination and collaboration in achieving societal balance. “Tō” is a reflection of the sophisticated web of relationships and the pursuit of collective well-being, where maintaining harmonious connections between individuals, communities, and nature plays a central role. The concept of “統” underscores the Japanese cultural values of unity, synergy, and the artful orchestration of diverse elements to create a harmonious and flourishing whole.

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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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