Nakayoshi is a Japanese monthly manga magazine published and distributed by Kodansha in Japan. It is largely targeted at younger girls between elementary school and middles school and consists of upwards of 450 pages each month.
Nakayoshi’s first issue was published in December of 1954 by Kodansha Publishing and has been released monthly ever since in volumes that contain a large number of manga chapters along with an assorted collection of small gifts such as posters, stickers, and popouts. During the mid-1990s, the magazine had a circulation of about 1.8 million and retailed for 400 Yen.
The editor in chief at the time, Yoshio Irie attempted to change the focus of the magazine from the style represented by the first 4 years of publication and toward a more mixed media approach with fantasy style manga such as Sailor Moon and close interaction with anime adaptations and merchandising related to the manga being published.
Additional magazines under the Nakayoshi name were published and released in the same time period to coincide with its growing popularity including Amie, Bessatsu Friend, Nakayoshi, and RunRun. Both Amie and RunRun are now no longer in print.