Each Moment Only Once


12 1/4″ W x 43″ H Japanese Scroll
by Master Japanese Calligrapher Eri Takase


Each Moment Only Once in Japanese is 一期一会 which is read ichigoichie

The four-character idiom ichigoichie meaning “Each Moment Only Once” is composed of the word 一期 (read ichigo) meaning “once in a lifetime” and the kanji (read ichi) meaning “one” and (read e) meaning “meeting”.

ichigoichie is one of the central themes for the Japanese Tea Ceremony. ichigoichie reminds us that each encounter, each meeting will ever happen only once and so it is to be cherished.

The concept of ichigo ichie dates back to Sen no Rikyu and took the modern form with Ii Naosuke’s Chanoyu Ichie Shuu. In their book Tea in Japan: Essays on the History of Chanoyu include the quote:

Great attention should be given to a tea gathering, which we can speak of as “one time, one meeting” (ichigo ichie). Even though the host and guests may see each other often socially, one day’s gathering can never be repeated exactly. Viewed this way, the meeting is indeed a once-in-a-lifetime occasion. The host, accordingly, must in true sincerity take the greatest care with every aspect of the gathering and devote himself entirely to ensuring that nothing is rough. The guests, for their part, must understand that the gathering cannot occur again and, appreciating how the host has flawlessly planned it, must also participate with true sincerity. This is what is meant by “one time, one meeting.”

Translations You Can Trust: We want you to be as happy with the Japanese translation as you are with Master Takase’s beautiful art. So we have made it easy to confirm the translation for yourself by simply clicking on Each Moment Only Once (ichigoichie) which links to the independent Jeffrey’s Japanese English Dictionary.

About The Art: This beautiful hand brushed scroll by Master Takase is personally created at the time of your order and proudly bears her seal and signature. We exclusively import this high-quality scroll with brown silk borders and fine Japanese paper from one of the finest scroll makers in Nara Japan. This is not a print but is hand brushed to match the sample as closely as possible. This is a personal work of art that is designed to last generations.

Delivery: The scroll is completed and shipped within 1-3 business days and arrives ready to display.