A while back, DocHobo asked about some Japanese text that appears in the Ace Attorney series.
First is the sign on this room in a temple:
This sign says 一期一会, which is pronounced “ichi-go ichi-eh” and literally means something like “one time, one meeting”. It apparently comes from old Japanese tea ceremonies and has connections with Zen Buddhism. It sort of signifies that every encounter or event in life is a unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience.
If you’re interested, there’s some more info on Wikipedia here.
The iOS ports of the Ace Attorney games also upgrade the graphics, which makes stuff like the text on this lady’s clothing much clearer:
So another part of DocHobo’s question was: what does this text say?
…To be honest, I don’t really know. I can make out some individual characters, but I can’t seem to piece anything together that I can look up or research well. It seems to be your regular ol’ all-kanji Buddhist scripture, or at least meant to look like it. I actually have some examples tucked away in my closet somewhere, maybe I’ll dig them out sometime.
Anyway, if anyone does have more info on what the text on her clothes might be saying or what it might be from, let me know! There’s also the text in the back, but that seems pretty hard to analyze too. But who knows, maybe someone out there will recognize what it’s saying!