Business cards, meishi, 名刺

by Masaki

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


Business cards, meishi, 名刺

In the business world, it is indispensable.


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


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


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

Business cards, meishi, 名刺


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


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


A man visited somebody's house. 


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.


29 Jun 2017

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