No Encounter is Ever Wasted

四字熟語(Japanese idioms)「一期一会」英語訳(English translation)

When you are really appreciative of, inspired by and connected to someone or something through this and that chance meeting, you say…

「一期一会」 ichigo ichie

No encounter is ever wasted. You know, just make the best of every encounter with care and commitment.
 donna deai mo ichigoichie dakara. sono deaiwo taisetsuni shinaitone

期:period, chance
会:encounter, meeting

Originally referring to desirable attitude at the tea ceremony, it indicates that you must serve tea to this person whole-heartedly, believing that you will never see this person again or there will be no other ceremony exactly the same as the one you have today. Take every encounter as a once-in-a-lifetime chance.