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Wakaba(The costume of the cheerleader version of Wakaba that Ms. Natsuki Harada acts)


  • Title: わかば
  • Title (romaji): Wakaba
  • Format: Asadora
  • Genre: Family
  • Episodes: 151
  • Viewership: Ep1=18.9, High=19.9, Avg=17.0
  • Broadcast network: NHK
  • Broadcast period: 2004-Sep-27 to 2005-Mar-26
  • Air time: Monday-Saturday 08:15
  • Theme song: Naitari Shinaide by Fukuyama Masaharu


The 71st Drama Serial is titled Wakaba. The story is about a young woman who becomes a landscape gardener following her father's wishes. Wakaba, born and brought up in Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture, lived happily with her parents and younger brother until the Great Hanshin Earthquake shook and destroyed the city in 1995. In the disaster, Wakaba loses her father, who was an architect and moves with her mother and brother to Obi, old castle town in Nichinan, Miyazaki Prefecture, where her grandmother lives with her uncle and aunt. Living in Obi's rich natural environment, Wakaba learns that plants can heal people's hearts. She makes a resolution to return to Kobe and reconstruct the city abundant in greenery. After graduating from university, she returns to Kobe and starts working as a gardener with help of her grandfather on her father's side who is an experienced arborist and gardener. Her goal is to realize her father's dream to have housing surrounded by plants and trees. Through Wakaba's experiences in Miyazaki and Kobe, the story portrays her struggle and challenge at work and the key events in life, together with the "recovery‿ of the Kobe city and her family.

Synopsis by week can be found via this link.

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  • NHK aired a four-part encore Wakaba Highlights series in late December 2005. Air dates: 2005-12-29 (Part 1) 8:15-9:00, 2005-12-29 (Part 2) 9:10-9:55, 2005-12-30 (Part 3) 9:10-9:55, and 2005-12-31 (Part 4) 9:10-9:54. All times JST. No repeats are scheduled.

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