The adventures of Sazae Fuguta and her family and friends in their Tokyo suburb.




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Series cast summary:
Midori Katô Midori Katô ...  Sazae / ... 5 episodes, 1969-2016
Takako Sasuga Takako Sasuga ...  Tara / ... 5 episodes, 1969-2016
Mîna Tominaga ...  Katsuo 4 episodes, 2013-2016
Makoto Tsumura Makoto Tsumura ...  Wakame 4 episodes, 2013-2016
Miyoko Asô Miyoko Asô ...  Fune / ... 4 episodes, 1969-2014
Hiroshi Masuoka Hiroshi Masuoka ...  Masuo 4 episodes, 2013-2016
Chafûrin Chafûrin ...  Namihei 3 episodes, 2014-2016
Ichirô Nagai ...  Namihei / ... 2 episodes, 1969-2013


Based on Machiko Hasegawa's newspaper comic of the same name that started back in 1948, this series follows the day-to-day comedic activities of the extended Isono family: Fune and Namihei, their three children Sazae, Katsuo and Wakame, Sazae's husband Masuo Fuguta, and their child Tarao. The short episodes typically look at the lighter side of everyday life in Japan through the years: studying for exams, taking care of children, getting along with neighbors, bringing home a regular paycheck and keeping the house in decent shape. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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Release Date:

5 October 1969 (Japan) See more »

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Did You Know?


Most of the major characters are intentionally named after seafood, as creator Machiko Hasegawa wanted to hearken back to times of full stomachs (The series began in 1946, just after World War II, when much of the population was still on the brink of starvation):
  • Isono comes from "iso", or "beach"
  • Fuguta comes from "fugu", or "blowfish"
  • Namino comes from "nami", or "wave"
  • Masuo comes from "iso", or "beach"
  • Fune means "ship"
  • Sazae is a horned turban shell sea-snail
  • Tara means "codfish"
  • Namihei comes from "nami", or "wave"
  • Katsuo is a skipjack tuna fish
  • Wakame means "seaweed"
  • Norisuke comes from "nori", dried seaweed used to wrap sushi
  • Taiko comes from "tai", a sea bream
  • Ikura means "salmon roe".
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Crazy Credits

The cat Tama's voice actor is marked as "?" in the closing credits. See more »


Referenced in FLCL (2000) See more »


Sazae-san Ikka
by Sung by Yuko Uno
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