Azumi Uchitani, Mgmt Consultant, Creating conscious leadership with Japanese ancient Wisdom
She has 25 years of experience in International Business Development in Japan, Europe, and the States. Her strength is to help organizations develop business and solve issues and hurdles arising from the cultural difference between Japan and Europe.
“Culture” is essentially anything that gives a person a sense of belonging to the group. Food and art are prime examples of how groups differentiate themselves. The less obvious (and harder to understand) examples include shared experiences, common practices, and the individual’s relationship to the world. Culture is what distinguishes “us” from “not us.” Not every member will have every characteristic, but everyone will know these distinctions. Japanese culture is complex and profound, distinct from most other cultures around the world.
[00:35] About Azumi Uchitani
- She has 25 years of experience in International Business Development in Japan, Europe, and the States.
- Her strength is to help organizations develop business and solve issues and hurdles arising from the cultural difference between Japan and Europe.
- She is also a professional artist, writer, and speaker.
- Her art and poems are exhibited in Nomadworks, New York.
[04:30] What brought you to Europe?
- I came to study and experience.
- My subject was English Literature, Intercultural Communication.
- In order to really feel and understand a different culture, you need to spend time.
- I go back to Japan, but my base is in Europe now.
[05:44] What does it mean to come from a strict traditional family?
- Our family is from the Prefecture called Wakayama. It is South of Osaka.
- My family was really strict, and we had to follow family protocols.
- It was very difficult for me as a child to fit in, as I was adventurous.
- As I grew up and moved out of Japan, I understood the real essence and teaching of what I had learned.
[09:49] When did you realize you have something to offer about the cultural gap?
- In order to do business development, the work ethics are different, and in daily communication, you feel that communication and cultural gap.
[11:38] What does it mean to be a Corporate Marriage Expert?
- When there is a merger or a joint venture, it is about human relationships.
[12:13] Top two things you want to share about Japanese culture
- Don’t be afraid of silence: When we speak in the Japanese language, there is a certain moment of silence. We just note, and we connect with our spirit and heart.
- We have ambiguity and indirectness.
[18:52] Is your YouTube Channel, the result of your traditional upbringing?
It is a result of two things:
- My traditional upbringing, especially on my mother’s side.
- From all the questions, I received through my work.
[22:32] What do you mean by elevating moment, and why is it so important?
- An elevating moment or Being in the moment.
- There is a philosophy called Ichi-go Ichi-e: This Moment now comes only once in a lifetime.
You can connect with Azumi Uchitani- LinkedIn
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Azumi Uchitani (1971, Wakayama, Japan) is an Intercultural business consultant, keynote speaker, spiritual teacher, writer and artist.
As a bridge between Japan & Europe, delivering lectures workshops and creative works. Her mission is to bring “Inner Peace”, the gift of Japanese ancient wisdom, to our modern society. She is a founder/ director of Japanese Salon Art & Culture, based in Bussum, The Netherlands.