Hello everyone! I’m Riki Bongen, a junior in biology at the University of Illinois. I also study Tea Ceremony and give tours at Japan House.
When I was asked to write blog posts for Japan House, I was honored and very excited. However, as I actually sit down to write my first one, it’s a bit overwhelming. This is my opportunity to share my love for Japan House as well as my knowledge of Japanese arts and culture with the world. I have to do it right. Once this is posted, there’s no going back. Sure, I’ll write more posts, but this one will be beyond any editing. The moment will be gone.
Thus, I have decided to write about the Japanese saying, “一期一会,” (pronounced ichi go ichi e). It means “One time one meeting”. It is one of my favorite concepts that I’ve learned at Japan House. Practically, it tells us to appreciate every moment for itself. Even the things we do every day (such as making a cup/bowl of tea) have meaning in a different way each time we do them--we must recognize that. This phrase motivates us to do everything with our whole heart. No moment will ever come again so we must make the most of it!
So, I will make the most of my posts here and do my best to share with you what I know of Japanese traditions and the happenings of Japan House.