25 Apr

一期一会 (ichigo ichie)

Ichigo Ichie literally means “one opportunity, one encounter”, means “Treasure every encounter, for it will never recur.”

The term is derived from Zen Buddhism and concepts of transience, and it is particularly associated with the Japanese tea ceremony.
In the context of tea ceremony, ichigo ichie reminds participants that each single tea meeting is unique that will never recur in one’s lifetime, therefore, each moment should be treated with the utmost sincerity.
It can be applied to one’s daily life, “all we have is today, so let’s live it to the fullest.”

A Japanese friend told me, “It’s Forrest Gump!”. I was looking blank with my what-are-you-talking-about face. A few seconds later, the Japanese tile of that movie, Forrest Gump -ichigo ichie-, came up in my mind. There must be a reason for its naming, but I don’t recall what the movie was about..

5 Comments

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    Ivy
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    To Whom It May Concern:

    I really like your way of explaining the Japanese Tea Ceremony and its philosophy, can I use this explaination in my travel/cuisine site?

    Thanks,

    Ivy

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