About Go Mishima

Go Mishima (1924-1988) played an active part in “Huzoku-kitan” and “Bara” in the middle of 1960s, “Barazoku” in the early 70s, and “Sabu” from the middle of 70s until his death. The gay magazine called “Sabu” was named by him and launched November 1974. He was in charge of the front covers and centrefolds of “Sabu”. His paintings gained popularity in the gay world since they were very virile.

The pen-name of “Go Mishima” was presented by Mr. Yukio Mishima. Yukio Mishima was keen on bodybuilding at the time, and they first met in the gym. They got along well and drew pictures of naked men together. He was presented the pen-name of “Go Mishima” at this time. The magazine “Sabu” mainly focused on the factors of the traditional Japanese male containing “Manliness”, “Short hair”, “Fundoshi”, “Tattoo”, “Katana” and “Harakiri”. It is said that he reflected the image of himself, but the origin of the name of “Sabu” is still unknown. There are some speculations of it;

  • It may have derived from Go Mishima’s superior’s name because when 18 years old, he enlisted in the army and fell in deadly love with his superior.
  • He may have punned othe name of Yukio Mishima as he was given the pen-name and their relationship was very close.

We are now handling works of Go Mishima provided by Mr. Bungaku Ito. If you are interested in it, please see the page of Barazoku in Art for Sale.

Illustration By Go Mishima

Illustration By Go Mishima


Illustration By Go Mishima

Illustration By Go Mishima


Illustration By Go Mishima

Illustration By Go Mishima


Illustration By Go Mishima

Illustration By Go Mishima


Illustration By Go Mishima

Illustration By Go Mishima