Makoto e-Zine Samurai Subscription Plan

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Members Get the Following Benefits:

  • Download the latest issue each month [PDF, ePub, Kindle MOBI, MP3 sound files]
  • Access any web content related to that issue AND two back issues
  • Free downloads each month [PDF, ePub, Kindle MOBI, MP3 sound files]
  • Exclusive content such as our Repetition and Shadowing with This Week's Topic
  • Special member pricing for sale items at TheJapanShop.com
  • 10% off reusable coupon for anything at TheJapanShop.com
  • Cancel at anytime (if you buy the annual subscription and decide it isn't for you, just contact us for a friendly refund on the unused portion)


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What is Makoto?


Makoto - a monthly e-zine for beginner to intermediate learners of Japanese. It is a digital magazine with all the good stuff not usually found in textbooks. It has articles on Japanese grammar, kanji, culture, and art. Each issue will also include a complete short story with a running gloss, grammar explanations, and two MP3s of the story (normal speed and slower).

I love this e-zine. It helps me understand the culture and the language. I highly recommend it.

Makoto Subscriber

If you subscribe to our monthly Makoto e-Zine for learners of Japanese (only $3 a month or $36 a year), not only will you be able to download the latest Makoto e-Zine issue (as PDF, ePub, or Kindle MOBI + MP3 sound files), but you will also get instant access to our brand-new Samurai Membership Site for no extra charge. That includes exclusive coupons, freebie downloads, and, most importantly, access to web-based Makoto issues and lessons.

You can still print the PDF version or send the ePub or Kindle Mobi versions to your e-reader or phone app. This web-based version is in addition to the downloadable files.

Enjoy bonus features like our weekly "Repetition and Shadowing with This Week's Topic." Listen to a sentence taken directly from this week's headlines over and over again until you can not only understand it completely, but also mimic the speaker's pronunciation. Each sentence has 2-3 keywords that are the hot topic today in Japan.

I would like to add that the new shadowing feature is a stroke of genius. My Japanese is nowhere near good enough to attempt a newspaper article, but giving key vocab and structures like this helps with getting to know what's in the news in Japan. Thank you for your excellent work.

Current Makoto+ Member

The Web-Based Version Looks Great on Mobile too!
and desktop and tablets...

Want to try an issue out? Click here to read the complete first issue including all the eBook formats and sound files. But please keep in mind, the newer issues are bigger and better than our early issues!

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The site feels very generous and makes me feel special / appreciated / part of a group of other happy Japanese learners.

So, what are you waiting for? Sign up today for instant access.

As with ALL our products, if you are not 100% satisfied, just email us for a no-questions-asked refund.

There is something for every lover of Japan and Japanese. 

Jokes, vocabulary, kanji lessons, hiragana readers, stories for upper beginners and intermediates, cultural articles, and much more.

Give Makoto a try by scrolling up and choosing a plan. If you are unhappy for any reason (too hard; too easy; not enough kanji!), just let us know and we'll issue a no-questions-asked refund.

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