Machiko Hasegawa

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Machiko Hasegawa
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Hasegawa in August 1950
Born (1920-01-30)January 30, 1920
Died May 27, 1992(1992-05-27) (aged 72)
Cause of death Heart failure
Nationality Japanese
Occupation Manga artist
Known for Sazae-san

Machiko Hasegawa (長谷川町子 Hasegawa Machiko?), January 30, 1920 – May 27, 1992, in Taku, Saga Prefecture) was one of the first female manga artists.[1]

She started her own comic strip, Sazae-san, in 1946. It reached national circulation via the Asahi Shimbun in 1949,[2] and ran daily until Hasegawa decided to retire in February 1974. She also created the comic strip Ijiwaru Bā-san (Granny Mischief). All of her comics were printed in Japan in digest comics; by the mid-1990s, Hasegawa's estate had sold over 60 million copies in Japan alone.


Sazae-san was a popular postwar comic strip depicting the life of Sazae-san, a fictional Japanese housewife.[3]

Her comic strip was turned into a dramatic radio series in 1955 and a weekly animated series in 1969, which is still running as of 2015.

Selected comics were translated into English, under the title The Wonderful World of Sazae-san.

She received the People's Honor Award in 1992.[4]

Hasegawa died of heart failure on May 27, 1992, at the age of 72.

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  1. ^ Schodt, Frederik L. (1985). "Reading the Comics". The Wilson Quarterly (1976-). 9 (3): 64. JSTOR 40256891. 
  2. ^ 沿革:朝日新聞社インフォメーション (in Japanese). Asahi Shimbun. Retrieved January 26, 2010. 
  3. ^ Garon, Sheldon (2000). "Luxury is the Enemy: Mobilizing Savings and Popularizing Thrift in Wartime Japan". Journal of Japanese Studies. 26 (1): 71. JSTOR 133391. 
  4. ^ "People's Honor Award" (in Japanese). Cabinet Office. Retrieved February 25, 2015.