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Should i design namecard this way 2012/4/23 22:59
Hello

I am thinking the way how to write my name in the namecard.

Should i use this:

Top: Kanji
Middle: Romanji
Bottom: Katakana

My name written in three different ways.

Is this a good way, or does it suggest that if you can't read it in kanji or romanji, the last option is katakana for those who are uneducated?

Am i overthinking this? What do you suggest?
by mauna (guest)  

Re: Should i design namecard this way 2012/4/24 13:50
Are you Japanese? If yes: Kanji
Foreigner? If yes: Hiragana

If you want, you might add an English version to the backside
by blubb (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Should i design namecard this way 2012/4/24 14:11
You don't need three lines.

First: your name in your language
Second: katakana



by Jay Key (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Should i design namecard this way 2012/4/24 19:10
Is it bad to have a western name in kanji too?

I thought it was nice to select the kanji for a western name also.

This way i could have 3 lines.
by mauna (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Should i design namecard this way 2012/4/24 20:57
It depends on what you want a namecard for. If it's for business, having some made-up kanji for a non-kanji name is unprofessional - it just looks childish.
by Umami Dearest (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Should i design namecard this way 2012/4/26 10:58
(1) Your name as it is in your language (alphabets) and
(2) katakana
...will be sufficient.

Actually if you are not Japanese, arbitrarily selecting kanjis to go with the sound of your name is simply being playful, and can look childish, as Umami Dearest said.

By the way, it's "romaji", not "romanji." And "romaji" is a romanized Japanese writing. On your business card, it would be better to simply state your name in your language, and katakana.

What I mean is, for the name "Phillip," for example, you would want to have
Phillip (your language)
フィリップ (katakana)

If you say "romaji" for the name "Phillip," it would be "Firippu." You would not want to have that on your card anyway..
by AK rate this post as useful

handwriting on the spot 2012/4/28 21:40
mauna,

Assuming you are either from Europe or the Americas, a lot of people either just have the original spelling, or the original spelling and katakana.

Then as they hand out their name card, they scribble the kanji version of their name on the edge of the card.

It's more charming that way ;)
by Uco (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Should i design namecard this way 2012/4/29 06:23
What are you talking about? "A lot of people" scribble the kanji version of their Western name on their namecard? You must hang out with a strange set of people - most foreigners don't even have kanji for their names (unless they have a Chinese or Japanese family name).
by Umami Dearest (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Should i design namecard this way 2012/4/29 13:02
Umami Dearest,

Point taken. Maybe they just want to charm me ;)
by Uco rate this post as useful

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