Sakura (NHK)

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is a Japanese serialized morning television drama that aired on NHK from April 1 to September 28 of 2002. The series totalled 156 episodes.

It chronicles the life of Matsushita Sakura, a Sansei (third-generation) Japanese-American living in Hawaii. She moves to a small town in Japan to be an assistant language teacher for Japanese middle-school students.

The show, lasting only 15 minutes long, is on every morning except Sunday, every week. Sakura first comes to Japan living with her grandparents; later, she moves because she has to teach English to the Japanese students. There she learns many valuable lessons and makes new friends.


  • Shiho Takano - Elizabeth Sakura Matsushita (primary character)
  • Hideji Otaki - James Takero Matsushita (Sakura's grandfather, narrator)
  • Yukiyoshi Ozawa - Keisuke Katsuragi
  • Ken Teraizumi - Ichiro Matsushita
  • Hiromi Ōta as Kyoko Matsushita (Sakura's mother)
  • Keiko Tsushima - Toshiko Matsushita
  • Kaori Itakura - Momo Matsushita (Sakura's sister)
  • Thane Camus - Robert Hoffman (Sakura's fiancé)

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Episodes 1~13

Robert proposes to Sakura and she accepts...only in one condition. She wants to go to Japan first before she gets married. It has always been her dream to go to Japan and see her Japanese side. Her father doesn't want her to go at first, but later he decides that she may go as long as she goes to teach English to the Japanese students. When she gets to Japan she sees her grandparents. Her...
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