Barazoku (薔薇族) magazine issue #211 August 1990 Excerpts from...





















Barazoku (薔薇族) magazine issue #211 
August 1990 

Excerpts from Happy Street (ハッピー ストリイト)
Manga by Rei Ogami (おがみれい) 

And personal ads!

Barazoku (薔薇族) magazine issue #211 August 1990 Excerpts from...





















Barazoku (薔薇族) magazine issue #211 
August 1990 

Excerpts from Happy Street (ハッピー ストリイト)
Manga by Rei Ogami (おがみれい) 

And personal ads!

Barazoku (薔薇族) magazine issue #211 August 1990 Illustrations by...















Barazoku (薔薇族) magazine issue #211 
August 1990 
Illustrations by Sadao Hasegawa (長谷川 サダオ)

Hasegawa’s illustration for a story entitled “Slave” appears to draw inspiration from Tamotsu Yato’s (矢頭保) seminal collection of homoerotic Japanese photography, Otoko: Photo-Studies of the Young Japanese Male (1972). 

The last page above also includes a piece by Rune Naito (内藤ルネ).

Barazoku (薔薇族) magazine issue #211 August 1990 Illustrations by...















Barazoku (薔薇族) magazine issue #211 
August 1990 
Illustrations by Sadao Hasegawa (長谷川 サダオ)

Hasegawa’s illustration for a story entitled “Slave” appears to draw inspiration from Tamotsu Yato’s (矢頭保) seminal collection of homoerotic Japanese photography, Otoko: Photo-Studies of the Young Japanese Male (1972). 

The last page above also includes a piece by Rune Naito (内藤ルネ).

Barazoku (薔薇族) magazine issue #211August 1990Cover illustration...



















Barazoku (薔薇族) magazine issue #211
August 1990
Cover illustration by Rune Naito (内藤ルネ)
Color photos and cultural articles on Robert Mapplethorpe,The Hunt for Red October and Erwin Olaf‘s Chess Men

I just moved back to Los Angeles from Chicago, and I’ve been staying at my friend Augie’s house. Augie has a bunch of great things on his bookshelf including Edmund White’s biography of Jean Genet and, I discovered, the August 1990 issue of Barazoku magazine. He’d picked it up from a gay bookstore on a year abroad in Japan.

It was a delight to look through all 368 pages of that magazine, especially an issue from that time period. Barazoku was a veteran publication by 1990, nearly 20 years old. While in the early 1970s, Bungaku Ito’s groundbreaking magazine had stood alone on bookstore shelves, it now had the company of Adon, Sabu and Samson, among others. By the mid-nineties, Badi and G-men would dominate the market, as Barazoku faded further into the background. The Internet quickly replaced the need for print personal ads, and the magazine finally closed its doors in 2004. But in 1990, Barazoku still felt robust and dynamic. 

Issue #211 contains four manga stories, illustrations (including some by Sadao Hasegawa), essays, novels, reviews and news, as well as personals, ads for gay businesses and color photographs. I’d love to share some of my favorite images here, but there are too many to fit in one post. Stay tuned for more in this retrospective!