2016年05月03日

I'm doing research

Last week, my teacher asked me, "What does 'ichi-go ichi-e' mean?" I just answered, "It is related to tea ceremony. I'll explain the details in the next lesson. I'm going to do research on the topic during Golden Week."

The term, ichi-go ichi-e(一期一会), is derived from Zen Buddhism.
(一: one/once, 期: a period/time, 会: encounter/meeting)

Literally, ichi-go means a lifetime; ichi-e means one encounter. So this phrase can be translated as follows:
1) once-in-a-lifetime
2) Treasure every encounter, for it will never recur.
3) Live every day as though it were last.
4) Do your best on every occasion as it may be the last chance to improve yourself from it.

There are so many (どう)s in Japanese culture. For example,
茶道(sa-do): tea ceremony, 華道(ka-do): flower arrangement,
書道(syo-do): calligraphy, 柔道(ju-do): martial art without weapons,
剣道(ken-do): Japanese fencing, 弓道(kyu-do): Japanese archery,
棋道(ki-do): shogi or Japanese chess, 英語道(eigo-do): learning English.
Usually, "道(do)" is translated as "the way." It's far more than just learning skills. What does "do" really means? That's going to be the next topic.
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