Business cards, meishi, 名刺

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Meishi is a business card which is used when you introduce yourself to a stranger. 

名刺は初対面の人に自分を紹介するときに使うものです。

Business cards, meishi, 名刺

In the business world, it is indispensable.

ビジネスには必需品です。

Business cards usually include one's name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address.

名刺には普通、名前、住所、電話、Eメイルアドレスを書きます。

The most important element of meishi is what organization you belong to and what status you have in it.

最も大事な要素は、どういう組織に属して、どんな地位にいるかです。

It is only a card, but it tells a lot about you to strangers.

Business cards, meishi, 名刺

たった一枚の紙ですが、初対面の人にはあなたを知る重要な手がかりとなります。

When did people use meishi?  There are a lot of theories about the origin.

名刺の起源には諸説あります。

One theory says that meishi goes back to  the Tang dynasty of ancient China(between the 6th and 9th centuries.)

一説によれば、古代中国、唐の時代にさかのぼるということです。

A man visited somebody's house. 

ある人が誰かの家を訪問しました。

When he found the resident of the house was away, he sticked a bamboo into the ground. A paper with his name written was on the stick. He wanted the resident to know his visit with it.

その家の住人が不在だったのを知り、自分の名前を書いた竹木を地面に突き刺して、自分の来訪を知らせたとのことです。


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