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Yae no Sakura

Yae no Sakura (八重の桜), is a 2013 Japanese drama produced by NHK. It was aired in Japan by NHK from January 6, 2013 to December 15, 2013.

Yae no Sakura poster

“Yae no Sakura” poster

Basic information

Original title (Japanese): 八重の桜
Phonetic title: Yae no Sakura
English title: Yae no Sakura
Language: Japanese
Country: JP Japan
Runtime: 45 minutes
No. of episodes: 50
Genre: Period drama, Historical drama
Director: Taku Kato, Masae Ichiki, Takuya Shimizu, Yoshiharu Sasaki
Scriptwriter: Mutsumi Yamamoto
Producer: Naito Shinsuke
Production company: NHK
Broadcast network: NHK
Broadcast period: January 6, 2013 – December 15, 2013

Plot

Yae (Haruka Ayase) is born into the Yamamoto family in Aizu, Fukushima Prefecture. Her father is Aizu domain's official gunnery instructor. Yae becomes more interested in guns than sewing. She learns gunnery from her brother Kakuma (Hidetoshi Nishijima) and participates in the Battle of Aizu. Aizu though loses the battle.

Yae divorces her husband Naonosuke Kawasaki (Hiroki Hasegawa) and walks away from guns. She finds a new interest in learning. Yae then meets Jo Niijima (Joe Odagiri), the founder of Doshisha University, and marries him.

Yae is a strong proponent of gender equality and acts according to what she believes in. This rubs others the wrong way, but her husband, who experienced western culture in the United States, supports her. In her later years, Yae servers as a nurse during the Russo-Japanese War. Yae is later referred to as the "Nightingale of Japan".

Some scenes in Yae no Sakura - 1

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Some scenes in “Yae no Sakura”

Cast

Her family

Aizu Domain

Tokugawa shogunate

Shinsengumi

Government of Meiji

Chōshū Domain

Satsuma Domain

Others

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