Machiko Hasegawa

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Machiko Hasegawa
Machiko hasegawa.jpg
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.[2] It reached national circulation via the Asahi Shimbun in 1949,[3] 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.[4]

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 2017.

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

She received the People's Honor Award in 1992.[5]

Hasegawa died of heart failure on May 27, 1992, at the age of 72. Hasegawa was also an art collector, and her collection along with additions by her sister Mariko is housed in the Hasegawa Machiko Art Museum.[6]

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  1. ^ Schodt, Frederik L. (1985). "Reading the Comics". The Wilson Quarterly (1976-). 9 (3): 64. JSTOR 40256891. 
  2. ^ Sazae-San, Goodreads, Retrieved 11 February 2017
  3. ^ 沿革:朝日新聞社インフォメーション (in Japanese). Asahi Shimbun. Retrieved January 26, 2010. 
  4. ^ Garon, Sheldon (2000). "Luxury is the Enemy: Mobilizing Savings and Popularizing Thrift in Wartime Japan". Journal of Japanese Studies. 26 (1): 71. JSTOR 133391. 
  5. ^ "People's Honor Award" (in Japanese). Cabinet Office. Retrieved February 25, 2015. 
  6. ^ Wada, Yuhei (December 27, 2010). "'The World of Red and White'". The Japan Times. The Japan Times, Ltd. Retrieved 11 February 2017.