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Sunday, 28 August 2016

June 1990 Pt.1 Mangajin Magazine

Mangajin Magazine
Consisting of 80 pages (including front & back covers), with a Cover price of $4.50. Mangajin was Distributed by KINOKUNIYA BOOKSTORES (in the U.S.) & was available in Japan through SEKAI SHUPPAN KENKYU CENTRE (Tokyo) First (Pilot) Issue Volume 1 #1 Printed June 1990, start of print run August of 1990. Last issue published Volume 7 #70 November\December 1997. Mangajin was published 10 times a year, Monthly except for January and July each year.
Editor & Publisher Vaughan Paul Simmons (Based in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.)

The Mangajin Project (as its Editor refers to it) issue one is such an oddity of a point in time when interest in Japan went a little deeper, from a fascination of modern Japanese business practises, and it's almost unknown alien culture to that America. With Hollywood movies like “Black Rain” staring Michael Douglas and Andy Garcia, and Yusaku Matsuda that was only released in September of 1989 in America still fresh in people's minds.

A magazine aimed at helping those interested in the Japanese language, studying both its politeness and slang, alongside what business tourists may want to add to their understanding.

I have only included a few samples of what you would find within the pages of Mangajin from my own view as someone that appreciates all aspects Japanese manga, in the hope it will spark a search for knowledge in you the reader.

[NOTE: By the late 90's Mangajin had ceased being published, it did have a presence on the Internet, sadly that too is now in the past - using the Internet's Archive Way-back machine you can discover the WASABI BROTHERS Trading Company run by....]

The Contence page (just look at the variety, and the scope).

A few words from the Editor.....

Supporting Advertisement from VIZ COMICS, showing popular Translated Managa of the past few years.

How to make Sushi.

Tanaka-Kun (Salary-man) by Hiroshi Tanaka.

What's Michael? by Makoto Kobayashi.

 HOTEL by Shotaro Ishinomori 
(better known in the West for his Anime 'Cyborg 009' and his creation of live-action series 'Kamen Rider' ).

If you lived in 'Los Angeles', 'New York', or 'San Francisco' you had access to a Kinokuniya Bookstore, and a copy of mangajin.

Supporting Advertisement from ECLIPSE INTERNATIONAL and featuring a production from STUDIO PROTEUS (the translation company founded by Toren Smith).

Your Janpanese vocabulary at a glance!

The future of Mangajin, what's coming next!?

Not only does West meet East, but now you know that the city of Atlanta, is the birthplace of CocaCola, is also the birthplace of Mangajin.

[Note; a 7 year old link may still work if you are looking for resources mangajin ]

{Note: I did not have a subscripion to this magazine, but chose to pick it up at Comic-book stores around England in the early 1990's, it may have been months or even years before an issue would get to the UK.]

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