Introduce Yourself In Japanese With 5 Easy Lines

August 31, 2021

Whether you are a student, tourist, or a new employee, learning how to introduce yourself in Japanese properly can significantly affect how the locals will treat you. In the Japanese culture, self-introductions are called 自己 紹介 (じこしょうかい) or Jikoushoukai, and they are deemed as an essential step in order to establish yourself among the locals. The word jiko refers to the English word "self," while shoukai can directly be translated to "introduction." In this post, we will walk you through how you can prepare for this (may it be for formal or casual encounters) so that you can connect better with the locals when the time comes.

Planning to go on a trip or to work in Tokyo? Whenever we meet someone for the first time, most of us merely do say hello and follow it up with the name right away. However, that is not the case for Japanese people as they view introductions as a form of respect, and it reflects your enthusiasm in getting to know or working side-by-side with the locals. Of course, you as a foreigner are not expected to be fluent in Japanese but having some knowledge on how eve the basic greetings work can earn you an extra brownie point.

Before we go on a deep dive on the basic structure that you can use, allow us to give you a few tips that you must know while introducing the Japanese people.

  • To say your name in Japanese, do remember that the family name comes first, followed by the second name. This means that if your name is Kevin Smith, your introduction should start with Smith, followed by Kevin.
  • It is considered polite or 丁寧 (teinei) whenever you introduce yourself if you discuss one or two of your major strengths. Never go beyond that number, as the locals may view it as a form of arrogance. Remember: Japanese people are always humble, and they even follow up their achievements with some of their flaws.
  • Whenever a person asks you about your occupation or 職業 (shokugyoo), you do not have to follow the Western standard where you discuss your role, company, duties, etc. In Japan, the only response they are looking for is simple, like "I work at an office or I work for + Company Name."
  • Instead of the traditional handshake when you are done with your introductions, the Japanese standard that you have to remember is that they bow instead. Bowing or お辞儀 (ojigi ) is a form of respect for the Japanese people. According to the locals, the angles by which you bow will express the level of respect you have for the other person. As a rule of thumb, always bow at least 15 degrees and remember to put your hands in front of you (left hand on top of right hand).
  • If you intend to provide your business card or 名刺 (meishi) after introducing yourself, always give out with two hands and make sure that you are not covering any words. If you are in a business group, always give your card to the one with the highest authority first.

Now that you already have an idea of the basic etiquette when introducing yourself in Japanese let's now discuss the 5 basic lines that can help your crush that introduction like a pro.

 

Introduce Yourself In Japanese

Introduce Yourself In Japanese

Are you looking for a surefire way to introduce yourself to your Japanese colleagues? Aside from mastering the basic greetings in Japanese, you are expected to go beyond and completely describe who you are to the people you meet. Of course, it doesn't always have to follow all these lines, but our list here is perfect to use if you want to sound polite for a formal and casual introduction.

Japanese Greetings

Japanese Greetings

If you have a friend or colleague who will introduce you to other Japanese people, it would be wise to always start your introduction with a simple greeting such as those listed on the table below.

EnglishJapaneseRomaji
Nice to meet you始めましてHajimemashte 
HelloこんにちはKonnichiwa
Nice to meet you, everyone!みなさん、はじめまして。Minasan, hajimemashite
Hello, everyone. Nice to meet you. みなさん、こんにちは。はじめまして。Minasan, kon'nichiwa. Hajimemashite
Good morningおはようござい ます。Ohayōgozaimasu
Good eveningこんばんはKonbanwa

Stating Your Name - なまえ

Once you have stated your basic greetings, you can now move on and start to say your name in any of the ways below.

EnglishJapaneseRomaji
Please call me Annaアンナと呼んでくださいAnna to yonde kudasai
My name isと 申 し ます / 名前 はTo saru shimasu / Namae wa
My name is Annaあたしの名前はアンナですAtashi no namae wa Annadesu
My name is MichaelマイケルといいますMaikeru to īmasu
I am私 はWatashi wa
I'm MarkマークですMāku desu
The name is Mark, but everyone calls me Marky.名前はマークですが、誰もが私をマーキーと呼んでいますNamae wa mākudesuga, daremoga watashi o mākī to yonde imasu.
I am Anna.私はアンナです。Watashi wa Annadesu

Describing Your Nationality - こくせき

Aside from stating your name, it is totally normal if people will ask where you are from or your nationality. To properly answer this, you can use any of the following expressions below.

EnglishJapaneseRomaji
I come from から 来 ま したKara ki ma shita
I live in私は住んでいますWatashi wa sunde imasu
I am from America私はアメリカからですWatashi wa amerikakaradesu
I am from the United States.アメリカから来ましたAmerika kara kimashita
I am an American私はアメリカ人ですWatashi wa amerikahitodesu
I am from Tokyo私は東京出身ですWatashi wa Tokyo shusshin desu

Sharing Information About Your Occupation - しょくぎょう

Introducing yourself in Japanese - Sharing Information About Your Occupation

Traditionally, the Japanese have a set of words to describe every job but with today's modern occupations, it is allowed to use Japanified terms. Japanified (also known as wasei-eigo) refers to the mixture of English terms in a sentence.

EnglishJapaneseRomaji
I'm an office worker私はサラリーマンですWatashi wa sararīmandesu
I'm an English teacher私は英語の先生ですWatashi wa eigo no senseidesu
I am a graphic designerグラフィック - デザイナー - ですGurafikku dezaina desu
I am a student私は学生です。Watashi wa gakuseidesu
I am a nurse私は看護師ですWatashi wa kankoshidesu
I am an engineer私はエンジニアです。Watashi wa enjiniadesu
I am an accountant私は会計士ですWatashi wa kaikeishidesu
I work at a bank私は銀行で働いていますWatashi wa ginkō de hataraite imasu
I work at a company私は会社で働いていますWatashi wa kaisha de hataraite imasu
I work at a hospital私は病院で働いていますWatashi wa byōin de hataraite imasu

Finishing Your Self Introduction

Introduce Yourself In Japanese - closing

While you can always just end with thank you in the Japanese language, you can also make use of the following classic lines below.

EnglishJapaneseRomaji
Please be kind to meよろしくYoroshiku
Please be treat me wellよろしく お願い し ますYoroshiku onegaishimasu
Please be kind to me (formal)どうぞよろしくおねがいしますDouzo yoroshiku onegai shimasu
I'm happy to meet youお会いできてうれしいですO ai dekite ureshii desu
I'm very honored to meet youお会いできて光栄ですO ai dekite kouei desu
Nice to meet youどうぞよろしくDouzo yoroshiku
Nice to meet you (informal)よろしくねYoroshiku ne

As we reach this part of the article, we hope that you were able to learn all the basic self-introduction lines that you can use at school, work, online, or for casual interactions. Suppose you enjoyed this post and would like to learn more about the Japanese language and culture. In that case, we highly recommend that you read out other related posts like how to greet using the Japanese language, the basic sentence structure, and how to say I love you; like a real native!

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