What Makes Us Human: Unique Emotions in Japanese Language.

Are we limited by our own languages? – Perhaps! Every language has untranslatable words, claiming something very important to its community, giving it a distinct name. The Japanese language has a number of unique words explaining special states of mind or emotions which have no equivalent in English. Influenced by authentic history and religious philosophies, these words created a new world of emotions often-times unregistered by English-speakers. In the end, if we have no name for it, we can’t record and recognize the slightest tone of the emotion we experience.

This talk will bring you a small selection of words expressing human feelings in a very Japanese way. Get ready to connect to an intimate part of your own feelings. Words like yūgen, natsukashii, omotenashi, giri, akogare or wabi-sabi have subtle shades of meaning. We invite you to see what makes us human and to experience delicate states of mind.

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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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