Yae 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 and participates in the Battle of Aizu. Aizu though loses the battle. Yae divorces her husband Naonosuke Kawasaki and walks away from guns. She finds a new interest in learning. Yae then meets Jo Niijima, 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 serves as a nurse during the Russo-Japanese War. Yae is later referred to as the "Nightingale of Japan".

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  • 5 days ago 50 of 50 episodes seen
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    • Overall  9
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    • Rewatch Value  8
    I am not the type that writes reviews, but since there were none by the time I finished all the episodes, I felt I must since I really want more people watching this drama.

    For the most part this is an historical drama, but don't let that throw you off. It makes valuable history enjoyable to watch. I have seen multiple shows with similar plot revolving around Japan entering the Meiji era, but none as detailed as this show was, "as expected of 50 episodes."
    If you are interested in a great drama that will entertain you with historical Japanese stories this is the show for you.

    Sorry for not being able to express my thoughts of the drama properly. But what I suggest is watching
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  • EtherSword Mar 13, 2014
    I'm up to episode 6 but not sure if I want to continue watching it, it seems to really drag on with its politics which I find a bit boring.
    1 ❤
  • questdenied Mar 5, 2014
    Last episode. So sad too see it go. I had tears through most of it. The people that worked on this really deserve a lot of respect. This is one of the best ever made.
    1 ❤
  • questdenied Feb 10, 2014
    Wish I could give this drama more than a 10. It deserves a 20. This is one of the best dramas ever made.
    1 ❤
  • rockthisromance Jan 12, 2014
    I just started this after seeing a preview for it last year & thinking MUST watch. Unfortunately I forgot about it until recently!
  • Mirichan Dec 31, 2013
    It´s sad that it´s taking so long ><
    The episodes are way too short, especially when there is only one each two weeks.I don´t want to complain too much though...since I am glad that they are still subbing it ^~^
    Only 8 episodes to go~
    I really wonder...because it´s not like the whole plot has been show already. Will they do it in the last 3-4 episodes? o.o
  • akai-kitsune Aug 11, 2013
    Its getting more interesting by each ep.
    1 ❤
  • twinklelie Jul 24, 2013
    I'm so sad to have to put it on hold :'( but since no one has uploaded raw eps since May, it leaves me no choice and hope to see it finished in the future :(
  • Betty20 Apr 23, 2013
    I love Ayase and I like several other actors in the cast. I hope it's going to be good!!!
    3 ❤
  • Orandajin Apr 19, 2013
    Great to finaly have English subtitles available. Hopefully it will continue so we can fully see and understand this great taiga drama.
    2 ❤
  • Mirichan Apr 17, 2013
    I wouldn´t say epic yet but I really liked the first episode a lot.Every character was enjoyable to watch and I really want to continue to watch this ;)
  • tabaka Apr 13, 2013
    Wow wow WOW! I've watched only 15 minutes of first episode to check how was it made! And I'm stunned! This series is going to be epic:)))
    1 ❤
  • Jossieb Apr 2, 2013
    the first episode seems to be subbed in dramacrazy.net.
  • Taylorgg12 Feb 13, 2013
    anyone know if this is being subbed yet?
    1 ❤
  • roobi Jan 12, 2013
    haruka yes!!
  • Bunnij Jan 11, 2013
    My favorite actress in Japan is acting for 50 episodes is life good no actually its great !
    1 ❤


Yae no Sakura

Yae no Sakura


  • Main Title: Yae no Sakura
  • Native title: 八重の桜

General Details

  • CountryJapan
  • Aired: January 6, 2013 to December 15, 2013
  • Airs On: Sunday
  • # of Episodes 50
    Average Duration 45 min. per episode
  • Genres: Historical


  • Score: 8.30 (scored by 47 users)
  • Ranked: #NA
  • Popularity: #269
  • Members: 406
  • Favorites: 0
4.2 stars - based on 47 votes

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