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Isse Ichidai (一世一代 – Something of One’s Life)

  • Isse Ichidai


    Today may be a very important day called 一世一代 (isse ichidai) for me.

    The four-character idiom, “isse ichidai,” means an important thing of your lifetime or an important event that it might never happen.

    Here, both 一世 (isse) and 一代 (ichidai) are words that mean a human life.

    Originally, this idiom was used for meaning that a kabuki (traditional Japanese drama performed by male actors) actor played a performance that he could do best in his last stage.

    Such a performance in the last stage is of course a very important event that could never happen again in the future.

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