PLEASE NOTE: Mangajin ceased publication in 1998. These back issues may be new or used, but they will not be pristine. A few are still in sealed bags (for mailing), but even those are unlikely to be pristine due to shelf-wear and the amount of time passed. Please consider these as learning tools to be used rather than for collecting. That being said, if condition is important to you, please contact us with specific issues and we'll send you photos of the actual items.
Mangajin was a wonderful magazine for learners of Japanese. Each issue somehow had something for every level, but we recommend them most for upper beginners.
Those interested in translation will love how Mangajin breaks down the manga it presents, explaining grammar, vocabulary, and cultural references with ease.
The cover image above is for this particular issue. The sample pages inside may or may not be from this exact issue. See below for a table of contents (retrieved from http://www.nyx.net/~cbrown/mangajin/mangajin_toc.html)
Japanese Software Special what's available in the US · Kacho Shima Kosaku does Kyoto
Newly elected Prime Minister Hosokawa seems to be having problems pruning the mighty oak left behind by the LDP.
No more excuses! It's time to teach your computer Japanese. Douglas Horn examines the current Mac vs. PC options and provides a summary of Japanese application software available in the US.
Interview with Takeuchi Akira, creator of Garcia-kun
Manga artist Takeuchi Akira has created somthing of a stir with his new series about a foreign laborer (外人労働者, gaijin rodosha) in Japan.
rensai / koramu
Letters & Bloopers
The readers write.
A Tast of Culture: Elizabeth Andoh Japanese kitchen utensils are as distinctive as Japanese cooking.
Book Review Sakaiya Taichi's What Is Japan? (English translation of a Japanese best seller) is a prime example of the popular Nihon-ron ("theories about Japan") genre.
Basic Japanese: Stylized Kanji
Most kanji characters are actually highly stylized pictures. In graphic arts, however, the process can go backward, and kanji are altered to take on the shape of the objects they represent. Mangajin presents a selection of these "visual puns."
Mangajin · Mono
More stuff for study and fun.
Calvin and Hobbes, by Bill Watterson
The Far Side, by Gary Larson
Tanaka-kun · 田中くん, by Tanaka Hiroshi
OL Shinkaron · OL進化論, by Akizuki Risu
Garcia-kun · ガルシアくん, by Takeuchi Akira
Sanshiro no Koi · 三四郎の恋, by Maekawa Tsukasa
Kacho Shima Kosaku · 課長島耕作(Part II), by Hirokane Kenshi