Barazoku was a veteran publication started in the 1970s. In the early 1970s, Bungaku Ito’s groundbreaking magazine had stood alone on bookstore shelves. It had the company of other publications such as Adon, Sabu and Samson, and 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.
The 300+ page magazine, published in 1997, 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.
Curated by Lavender Zines