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Meiji period journal "Mumei Tsushin"

"Mumei Tsushin" (無名通信) began in 1909 as a publication of partially eponymous publisher Mumei Tsushinsha 無名通信社 (and distributed by Tokyodo 東京堂). The latest known issue is volume 6 number 9 (November 1914), held by the National Diet Library of Japan. First issued as a semimonthly magazine on the 1st and 15th of each month, then starting in 1910, on the 14th and 30th of each month. With the beginning of volume 5 (late 1912 or early 1913), "Mumei Tsushin" seems to have become a monthly magazine.


Most contributions to the journal are anonymous (that is, "mumei"), though the "fame issue" ("Yumei-go") includes more than a few well known contributors in a skillful pun on the magazine's title. Special issues of the journal (about 175-200 pages each, also given distinct titles) have seemed more likely to survive than unnamed, slimmer issues (about 50 pages?). Penn has been able to acquire a select few issues, most of which have unique titles:


Pictured (top left to top right, bottom left to bottom right):

① 第1巻第12号 『有名号』 "Fame" Oct. 1, 1909

② 第1巻第17号 Dec. 15, 1909

③ 第2巻第1号 『美人号』 "Beauties" Jan. 1, 1910

④ 第2巻第7号 『秘密号』 "Secrets" Mar. 30, 1910

⑤ 第2巻第19号 『出世号』 "Success" Sept. 30, 1910

⑥ 第3巻第24号 『運勢号』 "Fortune " Jan. 14, 1911

⑦ 第4巻第1号 『不可思議号』 "Unfathomable Mysteries" Dec. 30, 1911

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