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A Doujinshi (同人誌?) is a Japanese work that a person creates alone. These works can be books, manga, art, or other things. Doujinshi are often created by amateurs, but, some professional artists also make doujinshi. The word "doujinshi" comes from doujin (同人?, doujin, "same person") and shi (?, ,"magazine"). Shi is a contraction of the full word zasshi. Zasshi means magazine.

Doujinshi are part of a larger category of dōjin. This category includes art collections, anime, hentai, and games. Groups of doujinshi artists call themselves a circle (サークル sākuru?). Some circles have only one artist: they are sometimes called kojin circles (個人サークル?, personal circles).

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