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This Japanese title can be translated as "for this time only," "chance meeting," "one meeting, one opportunity," "never again," or "one chance in a lifetime."
The characters literally mean "one time one meeting" - of course, the Kanji characters have meaning far beyond a direct translation like this.
Some might use this proverb to talk of an opportunity that presents itself just once in your life. It could also be the single chance-meeting with your true soul mate. Basically an expression for any event that might happen once in a lifetime.
This is primarily a Japanese title, however, there is also a Traditional Chinese (and old Korean) version of this proverb. Just the last character is different.
The traditional form was used in Japan before WWII and in Korea prior to 1900. This title is somewhat known in China.
If you want the older traditional form, just click on the character to the right.
Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your once in a lifetime search...
If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese
|Simple Dictionary Definition|
|ichigoichie / いちごいちえ||
(yoji) once-in-a-lifetime encounter (hence should be cherished as such)
|isseichidai;isseiichidai(ik) / issechidai;issechidai(ik) / いっせいちだい;いっせいいちだい(ik)||
(noun - becomes adjective with の) (yoji) once in a lifetime; the first and last occurrence (event, experience) of one's lifetime
|isshouichido / isshoichido / いっしょういちど||
(adj-no,n) (yoji) once in one's life; once in a lifetime
|senzaiichiguu / senzaichigu / せんざいいちぐう||
(yoji) once in a lifetime (opportunity); (a golden opportunity that may) happen only once in a thousand years
|goshouisshou / goshoissho / ごしょういっしょう||
(yoji) extremely important or once in a lifetime (request); only once in one's lifetime
|goshouisshounotanomi / goshoisshonotanomi / ごしょういっしょうのたのみ||
(expression) extremely important or once in a lifetime request
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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Once in a Lifetime||一期一會|
|ichigoichie||yī qī yī huì|
yi1 qi1 yi1 hui4
yi qi yi hui
|i ch`i i hui
i chi i hui
|In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.|
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.
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