If you don’t speak Japanese, let us translate for you. The four characters you see above refer to an idiom that roughly translates to “once in a lifetime” or “one meeting, one moment.” It is the cultural concept of treasuring a unique moment and the unrepeatable essence of that place in time.
It reminds us to cherish any gathering or event we’re part of because, while we may find ourselves in that same location with those same people again, that unique experience will never be repeated. Each moment is a once-in-a-lifetime experience…ichi-go ichi-e. As you gather with friends and family this weekend, pause and appreciate that moment. Treasure the space, the people, and the circumstances that made it possible.
Cherish the space that makes your gathering possible
Appreciate the unique personalities and life experiences gathered together.
Be thankful for all the things that took place to get you where you are right now.