About Us

The Japan Centre aims to distribute and offer in Belgium less known Japanese arts and disciplines, with specific attention for authenticity and the underlying Japanese philosophy.

Through these disciplines the Japan Centre wants to acquaint you with valuable norms and values of Japanese society that can help you on your life path to a happier and more balanced life.

Respect

Respect is the true basis of Japanese society. Respect for people, for nature, for everything around us.

Respect for people is reflected in the way people interact: the respect for the elderly, the sensei (teacher), parents and mentors. This is an important part of many Japanese disciplines and martial arts.

Respect for nature is found in disciplines such as Ikebana (flower arranging), but also in folk traditions as Hanami (watch the cherry blossoms) and Momiji (the autumnal colors of the maples).

An important consequence of respecting everything around us, is that you live with attention to your surroundings. This way of living is a tried and tested remedy against the modern pressures and the feeling of not being in control of one's own life.

If you take every step on your life path with attention, you will see opportunities you can act upon, for which you otherwise would be blind by the nervous pursuit of a distant goal.

Symbol

As a symbol for the Japan Centre, we chose the turtle, which plays an important role in creation myths of many cultures.

In the west, the turtle stands for taking your time, persevere and then slowly attain victory (eg. fables of Aesop).

In the east, the turtle stands for long life and happiness, and in Japan it is represented by the minogame - a mythical creature that is part turtle and part dragon. The long tail of the minogame refers to the seaweed growing on the back of very old turtles and is another reference to a long life.

So if connect east and west, you get a long and happy life by taking your time to live your life the way you want it.

This is the vision and way of life that the Japan Centre wants to spread .

 
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