KIKUBARI - Azumi's Calligraphy from Japanese SALON Bussum to RITUALS stores worldwide.

Photo by Philippe Gallois at RITUALS ANTWEREP
Photo by Philippe Gallois at RITUALS ANTWEREP


"What is the art of attention in Japanese?"

 asked, my client, a publisher for Rituals Magazine.


The word I chose was KIKUBARI


気 “KI” :  energy of our life force

配り “KUBARI” : distribute


KIKUBARI is a Japanese word that describes the act of paying appreciative attention to the people around you without expecting anything in return.

KIKUBARI brings a subtle smile to the hearts of both the giver and the receiver.

It is a thoughtful gesture of giving and sharing the energy of love and kindness.

This is one of the beautiful values that I cherish and practice. It is all about love and kindness to people around yourself as well as ourselves. The Japanese Tea ceremony is one of the finest examples of KIKUBARI.

This gesture comes from our pure self and not from our mind. It is only possible when we have space in our mind and when we are not clouded by our thoughts.


Stillness - Inner Peace - Present.

When the mind is empty, we are fully in the now.


We can create these moments not only when we are meditating, but also any time, anywhere.

It is a practice that creates as much of these moments throughout our day.

It takes dedication and focus to master this practise and create "KIKUBARI" - distribution of loving energy, give appreciative attention during even the mosted heated meeting or arguments.  It is all about awareness and you will find amazing results to transform any situations. 


Now, back to Rituals Magazine, it was beautifully designed and I was very satisfied with how my calligraphy came out. Making Calligraphy is one of my favourite practices to create Inner Peace and to be in the now. It is with great gratitude that I have the freedom of sharing the beauty of KIKUBARI to the collective world.


The magazine is now available through Rituals stores internationally, KIKUBARI from my Japanese SALON in Bussum to the world :-) 


Calligraphy + Meditaion courses and Tea Ceremony workshops are availble in my Salon, as well as your location internationally.


Let us create Inner-Peace together.


With Love, 




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What are Japanese Business Rituals? - article for AKTEOS Nederland - Inter-Cultural Business Consultancy


Risk-averse, hierarchy, apply-rules, indirect, attention to the details, conflict avoidance….

These are some of the general Japanese characteristics that are embedded in their subconscious mind, influencing their behaviours.

Some are quite an opposite to the Dutch and I receive tons of questions about the Japanese business culture. Today, I share some Japanese business “rituals” that will be handy to know when you are welcoming your Japanese business relations to your office.


This article is written for AKTEOS Nederland B.V.. For the Dutch version, please click here.


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Haiku of the month - August








The sun

Creating light and shadow 

Making the harmony.



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Fragment of Japan - Love affair with nature

 "Japanese art"  -  I guess the first thing comes to your mind would be the famous woodblock prints of "Ukiyoe" "Painting of Floating World" of Hokusai or Hiroshige. Van Gogh and Monet were those who were mesmerised by the woodblock prints. There are incredible collectors and researchers in Europe. 


On the other hands, more traditional form, Byobu - Japanese Screens are less widely known but these are the art where the Japanese love affair with the nature can be seen and felt....


Byobu (屏風)Japanese Screens date back as early as the 8 th century, are less widely known here in Europe, although they are the "Rolls Royce" of the Japanese art.

In the 16th century, castle was decorated to display its wealth and power of the clan and the folding screen was one of the indispensable interior items that had the practical function as well as aesthetic value. 


Syogun, Daimyo,(Samurai families), Imperial families and wealthy merchants were the patrons of the grand masters, such as Kano Eitoku, (Kano family), Tosa family,  Hasegawa Tohaku.

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Tonight. 7 July - Japanese ancient rituals to make wishes....

7th July - Tanabata festival

Today is the day to make wishes.

Write your wishes on nice colored papers

Go wild and be with your wildest dream.

Let your thoughts out.

Let your dreams out.





On the 7th July in Japan, we celebrate Tanabata festival, known as start festival, one of the five traditional festivals to welcome the change of the seasons, do rituals of making offerings and wish for a good harvest, good health, and good life.


It has been taking place since the ancient time, recorded in the Heian period, the 9th century.


It originates from China. A romantic folk tale of lovers who can only meet once a year on the night of 7 July over the Milky way.

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