From 11.40 p.m., Saturdays, 1 December 2018
One day, Tsukumo Sakura, who runs a secondhand bookstore, visits the lawyer Mitani Momoko. She reports that she has finally found closure 20 years after her son, a high school student, was stabbed by a 17-year-old girl and lost his life. Although Sakura was the mother of the victim and Momoko was the lawyer for the assailant, the two of them overcame these circumstances and built up a relationship of trust. Momoko operates a children’s shelter called Hachidori no Ie. It is a temporary refuge for children who have run away from their parents for some reason or other such as abuse. Momoko asks Sakura to help out at the shelter just for one day today. It is hard to get staff to stay long in their jobs and the kitchen staff quit all of a sudden. Sakura agrees to prepare dinner today and breakfast tomorrow morning. She arrives with Kawabata Tetsuya, a rookie lawyer from Momoko’s office, at Hachidori no Ie, whom only a limited number of people know about in order to ensure the safety of the children. It is an ordinary house located in a residential neighbourhood. Emotionally scarred children who believe all the adults in the world are enemies, live with Nabeshima Shinnosuke, the head of Hachidori no Ie. Wanting to give the children strength, Sakura makes oyakodon (rice topped with chicken and eggs) for dinner to fill their empty stomachs. It is a dish where parent and child come together as one. However, Sakura’s feelings do not get through to the children at the shelter who neither know the joy of eating nor what they want to eat.
Maya Miki as Tsukumo Sakura
The owner of Tsukumodo, a house with a secondhand bookstore. She offers free oyakodon to hungry people with nowhere to go. However she is asked by Mitani Momoko to help out at the children’s shelter, Hachidori no Ie. She is shocked by the children who have been deeply hurt and tries to get through to them through food.
Emoto Tokio as Kawabata Tetsuya
A rookie lawyer who works for the law firm, Mitani. He is in charge of coordinating with parents and providing legal assistance at Hachidori no Ie. A smart young man who passed the bar exam while he was in university. He has a deep sense of righteousness and enthusiasm. Although he is shocked after he learns about the actual circumstances of the children who have come to live at the shelter, he is unable to communicate effectively with them and they get the better of him.
Aijima Kazuyuki as Nabeshima Shinnosuke
The head of the children’s shelter, Hachidori no Ie. He used to be a teacher but resigned for some reason. He cannot be strict with the children.
Natori Yuko as Mitani Momoko
The head of the law firm, Mitani. She takes time out from her busy legal practice to volunteer in the operations of Hachidori no Ie. She interviews the children and determines whether they move into the shelter. She became acquainted with Tsukumo Sakura as the lawyer for the assailant in the case which claimed the life of Sakura’s son, and they slowly developed a relationship of trust.
Shimizu Yuki (Sakura no Oyakodon Season 1)
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