Sunday, April 26, 2009

一期一会


Hi Hi sisters .... I hope you had a relaxing weekend. I read an enlightening post in Chinese Baidu by YJ影之国 about '一期一会' which triggered me to look a bit more into this phrase. Wondering what I am talking about? Just to refresh your memory, remember sometimes Yong Joon would include this message in his autograph?


He used it quite a few times during his visit in Japan, especially to people whom he personally knows of. 一期一会 (pronounced ichi-go ichi-e) is a Japanese expression meaning 'one chance in a lifetime'. It dates back to the rich culture of Japanese tea ceremony (chanoyu) symbolizing each tea meeting (chakai) is a unique experience. Through the calm settings and formal rituals of chanoyu, the host and guests accomplish a spiritual harmony and appreciation for tea. This unique hospitality which may not be recreated again is being treasured as 'ichi-go ichi-e'.


My poor memory only supplies me with 2 incidents of Yong Joon writing 一期一会 : one is to the Japanese reporter after their April Snow interview in the Tokyo Grand Hyatt (still locating that picture). The other one is he wrote in this hotel (which one?) guest book during his secret visit to Gosireh in 2007. I think to Yong Joon, every meeting he has with every person is so precious and unique to him. He probably realizes that in his present position, it is highly unlikely that he will be meeting with the same people under the same circumstance again. 一期一会 reminds people to treasure every moment and give all of ourselves because that could be the only chance, the only meeting we have. When we think about the wonderful people we meet in our daily lives, is that also 'ichi-go ichi-e'?


Pictures from BYJgallery by daisukibyj

26 comments:

bb said...

hey jaime!

i was thinking about you today. good to 'see' your entry, coz i would assume you're okay :)

and... just in case anyone wants to refresh his or her memory, wuri yong joon did say in a 2006 interview that his fave quote is ichi-go ichi-e.

jenny said...

Dear Jaime

Is great to hear that but I think our prince always used the correct phrase, quote, words & etc at the right place and time. He actually is a good role model.

Sometime we heard about the sudden passing of our loved one and friends, in that moment we will said in our mind life is really very short. Therefore we should treasured our meeting with whatover, cause it could be after this meeting we will never see them again. This is true cause I experienced before.


Take care

Jenny

Anonymous said...

Dearest Jaime and Bae sisters:
What a beautiful phrase for a revelation of the moment!
1. Knowing Bae Yong Joon as artist and man, even only from afar, reading and writing about him is ichi-go ichi-e.
2. Knowing and interacting with dear Jaime, BB and other Bae sisters to me, is also ichi-go ichi-e.
In Zen Buddhism, this is a moment of satori, that cannot be recreated and therefore treasured all the more.
Sarang Hamnida,
josephine pasricha

jaime said...

Thank you princess for the link to his interview, It's always great to re-read your old post. brings back all these good memories :)

love .... jaime

jaime said...

Dear jenny,

I totally understand what you mean. Remember when Yujin first learned about JunSang's death, she ran out of the classroom and kept saying, 'What should I do? I don't remember JunSang's face!' Unfortunately there are times when you realize you are never going to see that person again, but you can't remember (no matter how hard you try) how your last meeting was and what were the last words you spoke. Hopefully we still have a chance to do better next time! Hope you are feeling fine!

love ... jaime

jaime said...

Dear Josephine,

Thanks for saying what is in my heart. I feel the same way, knowing Yong Joon and the BYJ family is truly ichigo ichie. Every time I say goodbye to a sister (especially the overseas ones), I really don't know if I will ever see them again. Please take care!

love ... jaime

gosijo said...

Hello Jaime,

Like bb, I was hoping to find a post today as a clue wrt your state of wellbeing. Glad to "see" you and happy to read this lovely post.

So strange how I was going through "the usual fantasy" yesterday, thinking about what I would say to him if ever we met by chance, one on one, and the notion of "we will likely never meet again" was uppermost in my mind. Not in a sad way but meaning our words had to count. Well, mine anyway, because he gets a chance to include his messages in greetings.

yudi said...

Dear Jaime,

This is a real inspiring quote. “一期一会”, once in a life time, it reminds me the precious of the people we meet every day, the precious of the things we do every day, and the precious of the life itself. I think Yong Joon has this mentality not only to the people he met, but also to the things he did. This is why he excels on everything, and this is why he inspired so many people.

yudi

jaime said...

Dear gosijo,

thanks for checking on me, I am doing ok, thanks. hehe, I like your thoughts of the chance in meeting the prince one on one, have a feeling you'll be really impressed. Sweet dreams!

love ... jaime

jaime said...

Dear yudi,

Yes, I totally agree with you. He is a wonderful inspiration, a big motivation for us to pursue our own dreams. Thanks for dropping me a comment. Please take care!

love ... jaime

BBJin said...

Hi jaime and all...
Long time not talking to you all!
Miss all of you. In fact I have read nearly daily but did not give any comment.
So busy currently!!!

Mis YJ too much as well!Thanks Jaime and bb for your blog sharing with all updated info.

All the best wishes to you all.

Hi yudi, thanks for your visit.

With love!

Anonymous said...

Hi Jaime,

So sorry we missed each other in your neighborhood.

You know what? My very first post on Quilt was on this 'Ichigo Ichie' At that time, I as a person who has learned 'way of tea' for quite a while, was very happy to know HRH used this phrase. Just recently I found a story about Yong Joon's encounter with a Joon bear artist Joan. I think I will translate it into English.
Have a nice 'Golden week holidays!'.

cloud nine

vegas said...

My Lady Jaime!

I'm very happy to see/read your posts. I hope you are feeling better. Seeing your posts lets me know you are doing ok.

I love this phrase " ichigo ichie". It's something we can all appreciate in our lives.

Continue to rest and take good care of yourself.

Hyds said...

Hello Jaime! How are you? Thanks for writing about this phrase. It must truly mean so much to him. I am still wondering when that chance of a life time would be..
have a lovely weekend.
Love,
hyds

Anonymous said...

Dear Jaime and Bae sisters:
I hope to God that all is well with you. God is touching you right now with good health from the tip of your hair down to the tips of your toes. In the mighty name of Jesus Christ,
Sarang Hamnida,
josephine pasricha

myoce said...

Dearest Jaime,

I miss you...
Thank you so much for this post, it's the first time I know about it...but they are precious words and very true.

Hope you are doing well.
Aja, aja, fighting !!

Much love, myoce

jaime said...

Hi BBJin,

I am so sorry for my late reply. Thank you for dropping by and leave me a comment. Have a wonderful day!

regards ... Jaime

jaime said...

Hi cloudnine,

Yes, I know you must understand this so well. Chanoyu is such a deep culture and I so wish I have the chance to learn about it.

love ... jaime

jaime said...

Dear Lady vegas,

Thank you for your kind concern. Yes, I feel better these few days. Keeping my fingers cross. Hope everything is well with you.

love ,... jaime

jaime said...

Dear Hyds,

So sorry to reply this late. I hope your 'once in a lifetime' will realize too. Hehe, any plan of going to Korea? I think the probability of that Ichigo Ichie is higher there, u agree?
best of luck!

love ... jaime

jaime said...

Dear Josephine,

Thank you so much for your concern and encouragement. I think your prayer really works, I feel much better all of a sudden, as if I am back to my old self. My faith in God just keeps growing stronger, thank you so much. Please also take care!

love ... jaime

jaime said...

My dear myoce,

Thank you so much for missing me and I am so touched. I am actually feeling better the last few days and start to blog now. I miss all of you too but I have to restrain myself from going too crazy, hehe :)

Me too, I learn so much since I know about Yong Joon and you precious sisters. I feel so grateful everyday. Haven't checked your wonderful blog lately, will do that very soon. Please take care!

love ... jaime

yudi said...

Dear Jaime,

I am so glad to see you out again, I checked your blog every day, and actually several times a day these few days, kind of missing you. It is so good you are getting better.

yudi

jaime said...

Dear yudi,

So sorry for being 'lazy', I miss you sisters too :( Thank you for checking me out, You are really nice! hehe madam, I am reporting to work now!

love ... jaime

dp said...

I got teary eyes while reading this entry. Thank you for sharing this quote and its origin. How special... when I get a chance I will share with you my 'ichi-go ichi-e' of how i came across BYJ, and then your Blog - which has colored my days.

jaime said...

Hi Hi dp,

Thanks for reading this post. I love to read about your encounter with Yong Joon and us :) Please share when you feel like it.

regards ..... Jaime