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)
Prime Minister Hosokawa cooks up a dish using imported rice.
Mad Amano portrays President Clinton (Kuri n Ton) as a bento vendor hawking American rice to Japan.
Shukanshi, Japan's guerrilla press
Japan's weekly magazines serve up sex, gossip, scoops, and scandals, providing a lively alternative to the staid and sober major newspapers.
rensai / koramu
Letters The readers write.
A clever name for an herbal candy to help you stop smoking.
A Tast of Culture, by Elizabeth Andoh
TV shows about food--eating as well as cooking--are popular fare in Japan. Recent changes in these shows reflect changes in Japanese society.
Book ReviewAmerica and the Four Japans, by Federick Schodt.
A look at WordPerfect 2.2J (for Macintosh) and KanjiWORD 2.0 (for Windows).
Basic Japanese: Titles
The "politeness levels" in Japanese and the corresponding social hierarchy make it important to know exactly where you stand, and titles help to keep this structure clear. We examine some of the more common titles and how they are used.
Calvin and Hobbes, by Bill Watterson
The Far Side, by Gary Larson
Midori-san · みどりさん, by Akizuki Risu
A Visual Glossary of Modern Terms · 図説現代用語便覧, by Deluxe Company