Barazoku Magazine

Barazoku (the rose tribe), was Japan’s (and Asia’s) first gay magazine It was first published in 1971, and had a run of 33 years until its bankruptcy in 2004. It was a powerful force for the Japanese gay community, and published the first interview with an aids sufferer in Japan when maintsream media avoided the issue.

Thanks to Mr. Bungaku Ito, who was the chief editor of Barazoku, I’m delighted to show a retrospective of works from the magazine at the 2010 Sydney Mardis Gras with each work available for sale. It will be the first time that these original works from Barazoku are exhibited and sold overseas.

Works from the magazine by Hideki Koh including cover illustrations were available to the public last year at the Boys Life exhibition in Mardis Gras, and almost half of his works were sold. I will start showing and selling the remaining works on this blog.  

It was unusual that Hideki’s works from Barazoku were exhibited and sold overseas, because he doesn’t intend to show his past works, even in Japan. This time, Mr. Ito will exhibit more than 150 works in total, consisting of 45 of Tatsuji Okawa’s works, 100 of Go Hirano’s works and 11 of Minoru Endo’s works. Following on from last year, Hideki Koh will show and sell 10 of his latest original works (including printings and posters), as well as a cover from Barazoku.

Here’s a quick profile of the artists that we will feature.

Tatsuji Okawa (1904-1994)
His works were shown in “Fuzokukitan” in middle 1960s and “Barazoku” in 1970s.

Go Hirano (Date of birth and death unknown)
His works appeared in “Fuzokukitan” in middle 1960 for the first time and “Barazoku” from 1970s to around 2000.

Minoru Endoo (1936-Unknown)
His works were shown in “Sabu” and “Barazoku” from late 1970s to early 1980.

Illustration from Barazoku magazine by Tatsuji Okawa

Illustration from Barazoku magazine by Tatsuji Okawa



Illustration from Barazoku magazine by Tatsuji Okawa

Illustration from Barazoku magazine by Tatsuji Okawa


Illustration from Barazoku magazine

Illustration from Barazoku magazine