Friday, June 27, 2008

With the recent release of the Polish editon of Martha Stewart Living, I thought I'd share some images of the Japanese magazine that was issued in the Land of the Rising Sun in 2002. I have a few copies of the magazine, two of which were given to me by my friend Kenn. The magazine, called "Martha", is much bigger than "Living" and costs more, too. Each issue sold for about $13 US. I'm still not clear about whether the magazine is still in print. I've sent a few inquiries to Omnimedia about it, which went unanswered. If anyone knows, please let me know.

This is the cover of the first issue that was released in January, 2002. One interesting feature is that the magazine opens from what we consider to be the back cover. In other words, the back cover is actually the front cover of "Martha."

Inside the first issue is a six-page spread introducing readers to Martha Stewart with a biography and photographs of Martha through the ages.

The magazine is written almost entirely in Japanese, with some English highlights. Most of the features have been published before in the English edition of "Living" but are translated into Japanese and laid out differently on the pages. There are some original features, including articles on traditional Japanese crafts and cuisine.

Some of the covers of "Martha" will look familiar to some of you. The cover below is of a special issue that was released in Japan. It is extremely rare.

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