One interesting aspect of Japanese meishi (name-card) etiquette is that entertainers never give them out. It took me a while to figure out that one. Several interviews with musicians I thought had begun inauspiciously when I handed the artist my meishi only to receive nothing in return.

What am I, chopped liver? I thought in my paranoid way, until I understood that for celebrities, their face is their calling card. Meishi are for the hoi polloi.

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