Introduce Myself Essay In Japanese

Going to live in Japan? Better prepare yourself with a Japanese self-introduction, jikoshoukai, as you will inevitably have to go through this painful yet, necessary experience. Yes, in Japan, probably more than once and in various contexts, be it in school, at work or even some parties, you will have to introduce yourself. What should you say? How to condense everything about you in one minute? Do not be afraid, we will introduce step by step the way to give a successful jikoshoukai!

自己紹介
Jikoshoukai
Oneself+Introduction

A self-introduction always starts…

… With a salutation and the statement of your name. Whether you prepare to introduce yourself to a curious crowd of classmates or to one person, care to greet first! Depending on the time of the day, you may say ohayou gozaimasu, konnichiha, konbanwa or simply “hajimemashite”: nice to meet you.

You can politely say your name with the desu copula or the verb to say. In a more formal context, such as an interview, you should use a more formal structure. Note that Japanese people are used to give the family name first and then their given name.

Easy mode:
私の名前はボンド・ジェームです。
Watashi nonamae ha bondo jieemuzu desu.
My name is James bond.
Polite:
ボンド・ジェームズです。
Bondo, jieemuzu desu.
I am James Bond.
Polite:
ボンド・ジェームズと言います。
Bondo, jieemuzu to iimasu.
My name is James Bond.
Formal:
ボンド・ジェームズと申します。
Bondo, jieemuzu to moushimasu.
I am James Bond.

… Where are you from?

Being a foreigner in Japan is always stimulating the imagination of Japanese. Whether you are from Spain, Germany or Australia, they will more likely give some exotic origins and be surprised to hear the truth. So the next step of your jikoshoukai is to introduce your country and eventually your city! Tips: if you are American and wish to precise your state, you will have to use shuu (州, しゅう).

イギリス(のロンドン)から来ました。
Igirisu (no rondon) kara kimashita.
I came from London, England.

アメリカのカリフォルニア州から来ました。
Amerika no karifuorunia shuu kara kimashita.
I came from California, in America.

You can also tell where you are from with the word for origins (出身, しゅっしん) or an even easier way would be to give your nationality by adding jin (人, じん) after a country’s name.

マドリッド出身です。
Madoriddo shusshin desu.
I am from Madrid.
パリ出身です。
Pari shusshin desu.
I am from Paris.
ドイツ人です。
Doetsu jin desu.
I am German.
インドネシア人です。
Indoneshia jin desu.
I am Indonesian.

Why do you study Japanese?

Obviously, this is the hot point of your introduction. Not only will Japanese be flattered, but they will be eager to know why you are studying their language. If you are confident enough, you can speak about for how long you have studied Japanese, how, where etc. .

日本の文化に興味があるから、日本語を勉強しています。
Nihon no bunka ni kyoumi ga aru kara, nihongo wo benkyou shite imasu.
I am interested in the Japanese culture, that is why I study Japanese.

If you are in Japan… Why?

You could have closed earlier. But giving more details is the recipe for a good jikoshoukai, after which you will proudly answer the crowd’s questions. Many reasons might have led you to come to live in Kawagoe or in Sapporo. Whether you are in Japan for a short stay out of pure curiosity or for a longer commitment, you should say…

日本語を勉強するために日本に来ました。
Nihongo wo benkyou suru tame ni nihon ni kimashita.
I came to Japan to study Japanese.

What do you do… ?

Whether you are a student or working, the “occupation” has an important place in Japanese culture. The Japanese you are introducing yourself to will not be surprised to hear you stating what you are doing. Students can say that they are studying at University or in a school or state that they are (university or not) students.

大学/学校で勉強しています。
Daigaku /gakkou de benkyou shite imasu.

(大)学生です。
(dai) gakusei desu.

If you are working, the following examples should help you prepare your introduction:

私の仕事は先生です。
Watashi no shigoto ha sensei desu.
I work as a teacher.

英語の先生です。
Eigo no sensei desu.
I am an English teacher.

スペイン語の先生をしています。
Supeingo no sensei wo shite imasu.
I work as a Spanish teacher.

Depending on your level, you can always try to give a more rich jikoshoukai explaining in more details what you are studying or exactly doing at your workplace.

What do you like… ?

This part would be smart in a friendly context. If  you are meeting new people, it is always enjoyable to share your passions in Japanese. You can speak about your hobbies and what you like in various ways but the two easiest ones are the expression to like (好き, suki) and the word hobby (趣味, shumi).

料理好きです。
Ryouri suki desu.
I like cooking.

趣味はスポーツです。
Shumi ha supottsu desu.
My hobby is sport.

趣味は漫画を読むことです。
Shumi ha manga wo yomu koto desu.
My hobby is to read manga.

The final step: yoroshiku!

We have spoken before of the wonders of the Japanese yoroshiku onegaishimasu an expression difficult to translate in other languages. A jikoushokai usually ends with this phrase, meaning in such context, that you look forward to the relationship with your new friends.

Casual:
よろしく!
Yoroshiku!
Nice to meet you!

Formal:今後もどうぞよろしくお願い致します。
Kongo mo douzo yoroshiku onegai itashimasu
I look forward to our relationship from now on.
Polite:どうぞよろしくお願いします。
Douzo yoroshiku onegai shimasu.
I look forward to our relationship.

Now, you are ready for your very first jikoshoukai! Always remember that a self-introduction with a group of friends or with your new boss will be different. You can be casual with people of your age, but should always be formal in a business environment. Be even more prepared to give a strong and polite self-introduction for a job interview!

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How to introduce yourself in Japanese (Easy to detailed self introduction)

Whatever your reason for learning Japanese, you will probably end up in a lot of situations where you need to introduce yourself. Therefore, we have compiled a few sentence structures, some vocabulary and other important points you can use for your own self-introduction.

[How to start your self-introduction]

The very first word you will need to start your self-introduction with is “初めまして (Nice to meet you)”. Saying “初めまして” is considered polite upon meeting someone for the first time and will help you leave a good impression.


Nice to meet you, something you say upon meeting someone for the first time

[Stating your name]

After beginning with “初めまして”, the natural thing to do next is telling the other person your name. There are several ways to say your name:

I am ___.
I am called ___.
My name is ___.

So, for example, you can say: “ (My name is Shiho)”. If you have a name other than your real name that you would like to be called, e.g. a nickname, you can follow up by saying the following:

___とMy name is ___. Please call me ___.

So, for example you could say:

クラーラとMy name is Shiho. Please call me Clara.

[Stating where you are from]

The next thing to do is let everyone know where you are from. For the place, you can use your country or hometown, depending on the situation you are introducing yourself in. Usually, as a foreigner in Japan, it is most common to state your country.

___I am from ___.

If where you were born/are from originally and where you currently live are two different places, you can follow up by specifically stating where you are residing at the moment:

Currently I am living in ___.

So to give you an example, you could say:

I am from Tokyo. Currently I am living in Osaka.

[Stating your occupation]

Next up, you can let everyone know what your current occupation is. The hard thing about this might actually be knowing what your own occupation means in Japanese, so don’t forget to look it up beforehand! Also, see the different version for stating when you are a student and what you are studying:

I work as a/an ___.
I study ___ at university.

You can follow up on this and give more specifics by mentioning where exactly you work.

I work as a/an ___.

So for example, you could say:

はのI work as a middle school teacher. My workplace is in Kyoto.
I study economics at university.

You can also combine stating your work and workplace in one sentence. In that case, please try using the following sentence.

I work as a/an ___ and my workplace is near ___.

[Stating your hobbies]

The next part is really important. To have everyone know what kind of person you are, you can talk about your hobbies or other important things in your life. You can also line up several hobbies by using the particles “と” or “や”.

My hobby is ___.
My hobbies are ___ and ___.

So for example, you could say:

My hobbies are traveling and painting.

If you have a lot of hobbies, it’s best not to say them all in one sentence. If you have a wide variety of interests and would like to introduce them all, say your most favorite ones first. Then you continue the sentence with “あとは (Furthermore)”. See the example below:

ること、ることです。あとは、ショッピングをしたり、My hobbies are watching movies, painting, and photography. Furthermore, I like shopping and traveling.

If you would like to elaborate even further, you can explain why exactly you like these things. Since Japan values food very highly, something that can also be mentioned when introducing yourself is what kind of food you like or dislike.

は___です。My favorite food is ___.
いなは___です。Food I dislike is ___.

Furthermore, you could talk about what you like to do on your day off. That way, you can give people an idea as to what you are up to on weekends and try to let them know what kind of person you are.

みのにはよく___をします。On my day off I like to ___.

Example:

みのにはジムにって、をします。On my day off I like to go to the gym and work out.

[Wrapping up]

Since most of you reading this article are probably Japanese learners, one final thing you can let everyone know is why you started learning Japanese. Mostly every Japanese person will be curious about this, so here is how it goes:

をしめたきっかけは___です。The reason I started learning Japanese is ___.

Example:

しめたきっかけは、のアニメがきだからです。The reason I started learning Japanese is because I like Anime.

Now, the final step of your self-introduction is wrapping everything up and giving it a natural sounding ending. There are several ways you can end your self-introduction naturally. Pick one of the following:

よろしくおいします。Rough translation: I look forward to working with you/Please treat me well.
これでわります。That’s it!
です。That’s all (very formal).

“です” is a somewhat stiff, formal way of ending your self-introduction. It’s best used in very formal settings, e.g. at your workplace if it has a rather formal environment.

Lastly, why don’t you revise Shiho’s own self-introduction and see if you can come up with something similar?

皆さん、初めまして。私はしほと言います。私は東京出身で、今も東京に住んでいます。私の趣味は外国の映画やテレビドラマを観ること。それから、美味しいものを探したり、食べたりすることです。好きな映画はほんっとにたくさんあるんですけど、特に好きなのは「キューティ・ブロンド」という映画です。この映画はもう何十回も観たことのある、私にとって特別な映画です。
好きな食べ物もすごくたくさんあります。特に好きなのはスイーツとか、和食、イタリア、それからタイ料理等の、エスニックですね。そういったものをよく食べています。
もっと色んな国の、色んな料理を食べてみたいなーといつも思っています。
あとは、運動したりとか、ショッピングをすること。それから、旅行に行ったり、カフェでのんびり本を読んだりするのもすごく好きです。
では、私の自己紹介はこれで終わりにしたいと思います。皆さん、よろしくお願いします。

If any of the grammar used in this article is unclear, head over to our full list of Japanese grammar reference.

リスト(Vocabulary list)

初めましてNice to meet you
Scene, setting
Work
Studies
Studies
University
A person’s origin, birthplace
Hobby, pastime
To travel
To paint
えばFor example
みのA day off
In practice, actually

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