Ichigo Ichie: Embracing joy in transitions

Ichigo Ichie: Embracing joy in transitions

By Kimine Mayuzumi Ichigo Ichie (一期一会), a Japanese proverb, is a concept that I often share with my readers and audience. Translated as “one encounter, one lifetime,” it encapsulates the idea that each meeting is unique and exists in its own space and time – an irreplaceable moment. Embedded in the Japanese tea ceremony, this concept encourages us to treat the unique quality of each experience as a precious treasure. There was a moment last…

The Japanese stone that holds wisdom: Embracing life’s uncertainties

The Japanese stone that holds wisdom: Embracing life’s uncertainties

By Kimine Mayuzumi In the journey of life, we often stumble upon precious gems that shape our perspectives and guide us through the stormy landscapes.  Today, I’d like to share with you one such gem. It’s a simple stone with a profound message, and the story behind it. It’s my hope that this message will resonate with those of you facing tough times and provide a source of inspiration, as it did for me. The…

3 essential lessons ‘busy’ academics can learn from the Japanese tea ceremony

3 essential lessons ‘busy’ academics can learn from the Japanese tea ceremony

By Kimine Mayuzumi This piece was originally published on January 29, 2016 and updated on May 15, 2023. Ichigo ichie (一期一会 ), the Japanese proverb that translates to “one encounter at a (life) time” – is more than just a saying; it’s a philosophy that teaches us to cherish the uniqueness of each and every moment.  This principle is especially important in the context of Japanese tea ceremonies, where the procedure is rigid and complicated.…

What advice I would give to my past self struggling in life transitions

What advice I would give to my past self struggling in life transitions

By Kimine Mayuzumi Life transitions are inevitable in human life. They may include career shifts, relocation for work and/or living, major changes of physical/mental status, loss of income, and loss of a relationship or a family member.  Because of the pandemic and what it brought, it may be accurate to say that everyone experienced some level of transition recently. We were forced to adapt to the situation and learn a completely new way of living…

This is how I incorporate “lazy” and “slow” practices into my pedagogy

This is how I incorporate “lazy” and “slow” practices into my pedagogy

By M’Balia Thomas I am a teacher educator within the field of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Each spring semester, I teach a TESOL methods course required by our Department. The course is designed to prepare preservice teachers (undergraduate education majors) to work with learners of English as an Additional Language. While my Department offers multiple TESOL classes for our students, most will have time and money to take only one such…