Business cards, meishi, 名刺

by Masaki - Japan Licensed Guide
(45) Reviews

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。

Did you like my article?

You can send me a message to get a customized itinerary and quotation for an unforgettable experience. Let's explore Japan Together.

I'll be waiting for you, so please check my profile and get your trip plan now


29 Jun 2017

Masaki

Licensed Guide
(45) Reviews

Tours by Guide

Kyoto Westside Story : Walk Along Samurai Roads

(45) Reviews
by Masaki
8h $ 243 up to 6 people

Walk along Emperor's Roads in Nara

(45) Reviews
by Masaki
8h $ 243 up to 6 people

Walk Exciting, Dynamic, Exotic Osaka

(45) Reviews
by Masaki
8h $ 243 up to 6 people

Day Trip to Hiroshima from Kyoto or Osaka

(45) Reviews
by Masaki
9:30h $ 270 up to 8 people

Plan your trip to Japan with Masaki

Chat with a local tour guide who can help organize your trip.
Send a message

Recent Tour Reviews

“ An excellent guide with a thirst for adventure! ”

Excellent
1 month ago Traveler: Sandra -   Tour Guide: Masaki

Masaki was a wonderful and accommodating guide who was able to put together 2 days of off -the-beaten track adventures to Yuasa and Tsukigase. For us, traveling to a different country means meaningful interactions with locals and their way of life and this was encapsulated in our 2 days with Masaki. He was detailed oriented and meticulous. We couldn’t have asked for a better traveling compani...
read more

“ Kyoto-Arashiyama, Ryoanji, Gion ”

Excellent
1 month ago Traveler: John -   Tour Guide: Masaki

We can’t thank Masaki enough for his personalized tour. He was knowledgeable about the sites we visited and led us through some very cool zen exercises while at Ryoanji temple. He provided us with some spectacular photos after our tour and when we are concerned about emergency alerts regarding flood conditions, he reached out to us to provide helpful advice. In the end he was more than just a tour...
read more

“ A Magical Experience ”

Excellent
1 month ago Traveler: Vanessa -   Tour Guide: Masaki

My 16 year old daughter and I spend a day with Mr. Masaki and we couldn't have asked for a better introduction to Kyoto. We chose Mr. Masaki because of his background as a history teacher, superior english skills and great reviews. He was the greatest guide we could ever imagine - thoughtful, educational and perfect in every way. We learned so much, saw all the most wonderful spots - we left the ...
read more

“ Excellent Guide, New Friend ”

Excellent
2 months ago Traveler: Ben -   Tour Guide: Masaki

My family spent months planning to squeeze Kyoto, Nara and Osaka it to 2 days, with Misaki’s help we made that happen. He was kind, informative, organized and a pleasure to talk and walk with. I’d love to spend a month with him and his depth of knowledge. He was excellent at making things fun. He kept my children (11-20yrs) involved and engaged.
read more

“ Superb Guide! ”

Excellent
2 months ago Traveler: Anna -   Tour Guide: Masaki

With Masaki, you can really get the local's insights on so many things. Even on locations, he will teach you the insider's scoop, places to specifically go... never a dull moment with him! English is exceptional! He has lots of creative suggestions in mind.
read more

“ Excellent experience ”

Excellent
2 months ago Traveler: Ken -   Tour Guide: Masaki

Masaki was so knowledgeable about the Osaka area (we had a fantastic day in and around Nara). We wanted to do some things off the beaten path and he was able to deliver a memorable experience. Very flexible when we wanted to change the plan. Thorough knowledge of English and a a great communicator. We recommend without hesitation.
read more

“ Excellent knowledge about Kyoto history and a perfect explainer ”

Excellent
2 months ago Traveler: Madelena -   Tour Guide: Masaki

We had the most wonderful day in Kyoto with Masaki. He was extremely prompt and efficient in his response upon initial contact. I let him know what my husband and I wanted to see, and within hours, I had a spreadsheet detailing every step of our trip, including how we would be traveling, duration for each part (whether it be walking,taxi, along with any expenses we may incur. It was an extremely w...
read more

“ Masaki is Excellent ”

Excellent
3 months ago Traveler: LESTER -   Tour Guide: Masaki

We a ( Mature Couple) had two days with Masaki,One Day in Osaka on a tour suggested by Masaki including the Castle, Hosan-ji Templea and a traditional Tea ceremony. the second day was a tour to Nara (Masaki's home Town) which involved visits ToIkoma-Gun. Huryuji Tempe,Todai-ji Templ , Ganjo-Ji Shrine . Masaki is an Excellent guide , He does not waste any time, He found great value local Restura...
read more

“ Great day in Kyoto ”

Excellent
3 months ago Traveler: Christine -   Tour Guide: Masaki

Masaki was a pleasure to spend our first tour in Kyoto with. So full of history, and interesting information. We enjoyed our time together very much. He even emailed us pictures of our day together. Thank you for making our time in Kyoto so special.
read more

“ OSAKA, KYOTO, NARA GIUON ”

Excellent
4 months ago Traveler: Celestine -   Tour Guide: Masaki

As soon as I booked my tour with him, he was very warm,he made suggestions as to how we can make the most of our very limited time in Osaka. He communicated very well in English, he was willing to accommodate my requests and made sure that everybody was comfortable during our trip. He came up with different itineraries for me and my family. I trusted him to show Japan and he delivered over and bey...
read more

Related cities