Ichi-Go, Ichi-E

It’s been a while since my last post on this group. I have been extremely busy, but that might as well need to stop. No matter what happens in life, I am so blessed to know that my life is given many choices in life. It’s a choice of life to be a full-time hotelier, then it’s a choice of life to be an educator, to do things that I like, to meet the people that I’d like to surround myself with.

I am entering the second semester as a university lecturer today. I will be teaching only one subject this semester, which is called “Service Quality Management”. As interesting as that might sound, how do we manage the quality of service when it is an intangible thing to have? How do we measure the quality of life? How do we define success?

This one time I invited a very good friend of mine to my apartment. We spent hours talking, had udon noodle dinner then ended up with me lighting the room with candles, and playing light instrumental music and we, both had one big cup of ginger and turmeric tea. My friend told me that, to him, this is the definition of success. I thought the same because if this is not considered success to us, to have quality time with quality people and things that we both enjoy doing, I don’t know what is.

I find it a bit of a nice coincidence when I was preparing for my today’s class, one of the first lesson slides started with an introduction to a Japanese idiom called “ichi-go ichi-e”.

Sharing from one blog post that I found on https://gokarate.net/

Ichi-go Ichi-e, is a Japanese idiom that describes the cultural concept of treasuring meetings with people. The term is often translated as “for this time only”, “never again”, or “one chance in a lifetime”. The term reminds people to cherish any gathering that they may take part in, citing the fact that many meetings in life are not repeated. Even when the same group of people can get together again, a particular gathering will never be replicated and thus, each moment is always once-in-a-lifetime.

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