- 學苑 (ISSN:13480103)
- vol.766, pp.135-144, 2004-07-01
There are diverse materials for cultural sociology, modernology, and life history; photos, songs, interviews, news items, diarys and so on. In this paper, I choose 7 comics each representing a particular period. For example, "3-chome no Yuuhi" (by Ryouhei SAIGAN) from 'Pre-High' growth period, "Apron-obasan" & "Sazae-san" (by Machiko HASEGAWA) from 'High' growth period, "Chibimaruko-chan" (by Momoko SAKURA) from 'Low' growth period, "Tampopo-san no Uta" (by Ryouhei SAIGAN) from 'Bubble' (financial euphoria) period, and "Tonarino Yamada-kun" (by Hisaichi ISHII) & "ATASHIn'CHI" (by Eiko KERA) from 'Heisei Depression' period. They mainly depict the daily life of each period and often reflect events, episodes, well-known persons and consumer's durables of those days. So, we can see popular styles of living in each period through them. That is why comics of daily life are excellent social data. This is also an essay on cultural study using comics of daily life.