Or The Business Card Exchange Ritual...
I guess you all heard about name card exchanging in Japan being something very important. It is in fact something quite tricky and challenging, I can tell!
Ok, here's the situation: I had to go to this meeting in Tokyo with the president of the company and another coworker. (Don't ask me why I had to go with them since I would understand about 3.74% of the topic...) However the shinkansen was paid thus it was fun.
Nobody told me but as I enter the conference room there are as many as 13 high ranking guys attending the meeting. Then we start exchanging the name cards. 13 times introducing myself, bowing high and low like a cattail in the wind... I hardly understand their names, don't have a clue what their positions are and obviously for a non Asian guy like me they all look the same. When the name-card-harvesting is finished it is common to lay then out in front of you. Make sure to remember the order for the hierarchy.
Then you think "yepp" made it... but "nope":
One week later as I enter the office half awake in the morning about 8 guys from that company are starting a further meeting. Now here's the challenge: who did I already meet and who not yet...