2006 年 4 巻 2 号 p. 2_25-2_30
Due to the individualization of family, their gathering place in a house has been changing from a Living room to a Dining-kitchen. In this research, we survey family's communication style in their house. At the same time, we examine "Center-kitchen" that has the promotional communicating function for the future fireside place of family. It is not the most important point if people use Center-kitchen or not, but its image is, "the space where each family member can have a good communication and has enough space not to disturb family's activity." In the family who use Center-kitchen, we can see that everyone naturally help housework, they share the good time in the kitchen, and having meals together is becoming the most important time for their life. Center-kitchen hasn't been valued because people are distressed about arrangements. Although kitchen is becoming opened-space today, most of people still think it is an occupied space by housewives or women. However, since Center-kitchen satisfies people's food-centered life, an influence of physical aspect is compensated. It is predicted each family's life style will be diversified from now on, and at the same time, the concept of how kitchen should be will be variously changed. We need to notice an importance of choosing the most suitable kitchen for each family.