Japanese Calligraphy: wabi

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.

Wabi:  wabu (侘)

Wabi is a Japanese aesthetic and philosophical concept that values simplicity, describes the experience of our inner world, the feeling of refinement in sober, quietness, solitude, nostalgia.  It is often associated with Shinto, Zen Buddhism and has influenced various art forms, including tea ceremony, flower arrangement, and pottery. Wabi emphasises the beauty of natural materials and embraces the transience and feeling moment, seeing it as a reminder to appreciate the present moment. It also promotes the idea of living a simple, humble, uncluttered life, finding joy in small and ordinary things. Wabi is a concept that encourages individuals to feel its beauty in simplicity and natural authentic state of life in any objects.

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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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