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Introducing yourself (Exchanging Business Cards)

When introducing others or themselves, the Japanese usually use family names or full names. However, children and young people usually make informal introductions among themselves using first names (which in Japanese comes second). It is usual to exchange name cards (めいし) when adults are introducing each other. This avoids the trouble of explaining which kanji are used to write the names, and also give other important social information.

To find out more about the importance of exchanging めいし, check out Michael Gakuran’s blog here.

Watch the following videos for instruction on “HOW TO” exchange めいし.

The Japanese people have specific expectations and instructions on how to give and take business cards when introducing themselves.