ichi-go ichi-e mean? In our lifetime, there are many people we meet,and then many people we leave. Life is such a repetition of encounter and parting. I believe 一期一会 (Ichigo ichie) is one of the most famous proverbs many Japanese like. Recently, I talked about this with one of my lang8 friends. This is a kind of Japanese proverb, which originally came from the tea-ceremony 茶道 master, 千利休 (sen no rikyu). 一期(ichigo) means one lifetime. 一会(ichie) means meeting once.