1981-1985 https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/写楽_(雑誌) Kishin SHINOYAMA & The Monthly SHAGAKU Magazine (1981.04-1985.12) etc. ''All my models are selected top few people from our era, to which I myself also belong. I think I'm in the role of copying and recording the skin of our era' ( summarized from SHINOYAMA's concluing words told about his magazine works to Takuma NAKAHIRA ( p.319 KETTO SHASHIN-RON, 1977 Asahi Shimbunsha). After almost two decades of successful magazine works with various publishers since early 1960s, especially after he titled his work style 'GEKISHA'(i.e. hard shooting), SHINOYAMA established his indisputable top role in the mass cultural magazines by the end of 1970s. One of Gekisha series books, 'GEKISHA: 135 Girl Friends' (1979, Shogakukan) was said to have sold 700,000 copies and ranked high in the top ten best selling books of the year in Japan. The Monthly SHAGAKU, from Shogakukan publisher, named after Toshusai SHARAKU, a most famous Edo Period Ukiyoe wood-block printer, started to be published in April 1981, a year earlier than the rival SHASHIN-JIDAI Magazine by Nobuyoshi Araki et al. This rivalry relation of the two magazines and of SHINOYAMA's GEKISHA style and Araki's eccentric GUERILLA style accelerated the heated race for years through the former half of 1980s. Among regular photographers for The SHAGAKU Magazine were Hajime SAWATARI, Shuji YAMADA et al. / RELATED MATTERS: *1) In 1982, SHAGAKU Editorial Division of Shogakukan made an unusual kind of book which succeeded in winning everyone's attention. This was a small hard cover book named The Visual Consitution of Japan, a 'Shagaku Book', (1982 Shogakukan). a photo-illustrated visual reading book of Japan's post-war Constitution, texts both in Japanese and English. In spite that SHINOYAMA only joined this book with a image of snowing mountain village in which no model appeared, the small handbook sold very well (historically 7th position in the best-selling, longest-distributed books in Japan), so as later to be printed tens of times again and again till mid 1990s, when The SHAGAKU magazine was no more issued from Shogakukan publisher, but a later generation opinion magazine, SAPIO followed its role to distribute it by re-naming it a 'Sapio Book'. (Confirmed latest was 30th printing of Sapio Book issued on 1995.03.20) *2) Later in 1991 (The 3rd year of Heisei), SHINOYAMA's model books published from Asahi Shuppansha, Accidents 1: Water Fruit (1991.02.15), Accidnets 2: White Room (1991.09.15), and later Santa Fe (1991.11.13), were said to be the epoch-making books to liberate the exposure of the models' under hairs (these books acquired the Japanese way of naming 'hair nude books'), to finalize the long discussed essential matter on the freedom of expression that continued to be suspended throughout the long dark history of Showa Period.
The SHASHIN JIDAI Magazine (1981-1988) and Erotic Trends after the early 1980's: Trends led by erotic photo magazines after major political themes during the 1960-1970ies have been seemingly lost its way or weakened (that is, in the years of indifference and decadence: SHIRAKE NO JIDAI) . Series of The SHASHIN JIDAI Magazine (1981.07 - 1988.04, Byakuya Shobo) by chief editor Akira SUEI and regular entries by Nobuyoshi ARAKI, Daido MORIYAMA, et al was the most famous and influencing one (First volume sold 140,000 copies, at its peak nearly 300,000 copies). Many young photographers were called to take part in these magazines. Early works had sociological viewpoints to watch human sexual-social behaviors changing quickly from time to time, but gradually overwhelmed by publishers' sales demands and readers' further curiosity and stronger requirements to see something more aggressive, fact-based documentary works or reportages gradually decreased and replaced more by staged fictions or pornography on the edge of legal/illegal borders.