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Köhn, Stephan: "Gourmetcomics in Japan. Betrachtungen zum Begründer und Trendsetter Oishinbo [Der kleine Feinschmecker]." In: Japanstudien 12 (2000), S. 183–209.
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Keywords: "Oishinbo", Hanasaki. Akira, Japan, Kariya. Tetsu, Manga, Sachcomics
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In view of the enormous number of fast food restaurants that flourished in Japan in the 1980s, it might seem surprising, if not paradoxical that simultaneously the new genre of gurume manga [gourmet comics] came into being. The pioneer comic of this new genre, Oishinbo [Little Gourmet] proved to be hugely successful: It has become a longseller and has even been adapted for several TV and radio dramas. Such popularity and the longseller status of Oishinbo and other comics, which followed its lead, firmly established gourmet comics as a distinct genre within the wide thematic range of Japanese Manga. In this article, I first trace the tradition to which the gourmet comics – and specifically Oishinbo – belong and explain the visual and “ideological” conventions which this tradition evokes. The main part of the analysis deals with the central messages of Oishinbo and demonstrates, how these are reinforced by or juxtaposed with the imagery. Finally, the question of the intended purpose of the gourmet comics in the Japan of the 1980s and 1990s is addressed. To this end, the culinary tradition of the Edo period and its literary representations are investigated, as the Edo-period tradition was similarly characterised by the simultaneity and contrast of fast food consumption and gourmet orientation.
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