団塊の世代

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Cultural Literacy: Household & Family: 団塊の世代 ---

団塊の世代
dankai no sedai
Baby boomers

This phrase was coined by Sekaiya Taichi 堺屋太一 in a novel he wrote in 1976. It literally means 'lump generation' and like the American Baby Boom, it describes the sudden increase of births shortly after WWII (1947-49).

This generation is also referred to as ビートルズ世代 since they came of age during the Beatles craze.

Interestingly, their children (now around 20) are called 団塊ジュニア

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