Philosophy in a Tea Cup: an ancient art of Japanese tea ceremony

Sansui kai (third-Wednesday-meeting):

Japanese tea ceremony is not a religious act but it is highly influenced by Zen philosophy and has a lot of meaning and cultural value. Its elegance and delicate preparation goes all the way back to times of samurai and humble monks and gives us insights on what is cherished in Japanese culture. It is believed that meeting a guest is a possibility that may never repeat itself in the future. Sharing a tea has a spiritual meaning of savoring the moment, realizing its transiency, enjoying the inner peace and bonding with a guest. It has a symbolic significance and is one of the major principles of Japanese hospitality. Join us for this fascinating talk and learn how a simple act like tea making can help you to slow down, absorb the imperfection of what is in life and take a moment to rebuild your own sense of balance.

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Azumi Uchitani, expert of Japanese culture
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SPEAKER – Azumi Uchitani

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. |

This event is recognised as an Official Event of Japan-UK Season of Culture!

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