- 言語と文化 (ISSN:09147977)
- no.19, pp.1-32, 2006
Since the latter Meiji era, the influence of the Western romantic love ideology has flowed incessantly into our culture. However, such an imported idea has not been accepted as it is in Europe and America. Then what are the cultural characteristics of the modern Japanese outlook on love, and how have they been changed?In this paper, I examine the process of liberalization of love by analyzing some important keywords in hit songs from the prewar period to today, such as "first meeting", "forget", and "tenderness". It will be shown that our outlook on love has become considerably "romantic" since the late 1980's, as a result of the anomie of love.