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Role: Hostess at Bar Yokosuka
Gender: Female
Age: 28
Height: 5’4”
Weight: 106 lbs
Blood Type: A
Birth Date: 30th June
Zodiac Sign: Cancer
Where: Bar Yokosuka
A hostess at Bar Yokosuka, Akemi began working there after being introduced to the bartender, Saijo-san by a friend shortly after graduating from high school. Akemi has many admirers, including Fuku-san, who frequently drinks there just to be near her. Before the incident, he came in quite often, but his grief and depression have prevented him from coming by recently. Akemi seems to be a bit concerned about him, or perhaps she simply misses his company.

 

Role: Nagai Industries President
Gender: Male
Age: 56
Height: 5’9”
Weight: 166 lbs
Blood Type: O
Birth Date: 15th August
Zodiac Sign: Leo
Where: Nagai Industries
He is one of the few gangsters who knows what ninkyo (chivalry) really is. Other Yakuza bosses throughout the Kanto region admit his superiority. However, he behaves like a friendly old man. Because he considers their organization a necessary evil, he pays attention to the local community and runs his office quietly. He seems to like the self-assured Tom, and often tells him stories of ninkyo.

 

Role: Manager of Mary’s Patches and Embroidery Shop
Gender: Male
Age: 73
Height: 5’1”
Weight: 128 lbs
Blood Type: O
Birth Date: 26th Feburary
Zodiac Sign: Pisces
Where: Mary’s Patches and Embroidery Shop
This elderly man owns Mary’s Patches and Embroidery Sop, the sole maker of embroidered patches in Dobuita. Itoi-san has the spirit of a true workman and is proud of his profession. Previously, until his son moved to Kyushu on business, he lived with his eldest son; now he lives alone. He turned 73 years old this year.


Role: Employee of Jimmy Yan’s Asia Travel Co.
Gender: Female
Age: 27
Height: 5’3”
Weight: 99 lbs
Blood Type: B
Birth Date: 18th October
Zodiac Sign: Libra
Where: Asia Travel Co.
This vain young woman works at the Asia Travel Co. After dropping out of a private girl’s high school, she went to Tokyo on her own to try and make it as a model. Etsuko gave up on her ambition after being cheated out of her money by a man pretending to be her agent. Worn out physically and emotionally, she returned to Yokosuka five years ago. A year later, in a fit of despair, she applied for a job as a tour conductor at Asia Travel Co., but was assigned to be an office clerk instead. Although she was bitter about not being able to travel and almost quit, she started working, and now seems to enjoy it. She has very wasteful spending habits and her debts, due to mostly to an over-reliance on credit cards, are increasing. Luckily, she doesn’t gamble, so her biggest concern is how to pay back the ever-increasing debts.


Role: Owner of Knocking Motorcycle Shop
Gender: Male
Age: 56
Height: 5’5”
Weight: 139 lbs
Blood Type: A
Birth Date: 8th November
Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
Where: Knocking Motorcycle Shop
Goro owns the Knocking Motorcycle Shop in Dobuita. He used to be a mechanic at a major motorcycle manufacturer and often boasts of his tuning technique. Now he’s retired and devotes himself to motorcycle repair. His tuning technique, backed up by his experience and professional skill have earned him an excellent reputation.

 

Role: Owner of Hirata Tobacco Shop
Gender: Female
Age: 73
Height: 5’0”
Weight: 93 lbs
Blood Type: A
Birth Date: 1st August
Zodiac Sign: Leo
Where: Hirata Tobacco Shop
Haru-san is the elderly woman who runs the Hirata Tobacco Shop in Dobuita. She took good care of Masaru Aoi (of Yaokatsu Produce) and Shinkichi Noda (of Uokichi Seafood) when they were small children. That’s why they can’t resist helping her anytime they can. In her younger days she was known as the “Dobuita Queen” and she attracted many customers and admirers.


Role: Owner of Komine Bakery
Gender: Male
Age: 35
Height: 5’7”
Weight: 166 lbs
Blood Type: O
Birth Date: 27th November
Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
Where: Komine Bakery
The owner of Komine Bakery is a proud craftsman from Yokosuka. Hiromi worked for a precision machine-related manufacturer in Kawasaki, but resigned from the company eight years ago to open his bakery. Because he is clever with his fingers and patient by nature, baking is an optimal profession for him. He likes to see people (children in particular) smiling, and that’s the reason he keeps trying to bake new types of bread. He devotes himself to developing new bread day and night. Flourishing competitors such as Tom’s Hot Dogs, the Funny Bear Burgers hamburger place, and Bob’s Pizzeria are a threat to his baker. However when he hears his daughter say, “My daddy’s bread is the best!” all his worries disappear.


Role: Owner of Tamura Butcher Shop
Gender: Male
Age: 38
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 177 lbs
Blood Type: O
Birth Date: 15th March
Zodiac Sign: Pisces
Where: Tamura Buther Shop
It is said that Hiroshi already reached his present height and weight when he was only 12 years old. His strength was illustrated bu the fact that when Masaru (who is 10 years older than him) was a high school student, took him out on one of their “fighting expeditions”. Masaru boasted of Hiroshi, saying he was “my right hand man”. By the time Hiroshi became a high school student, no one anywhere was a match for him. Contrary to his image as a fighter, Hiroshi is a warm person. He likes to win fights, but doesn’t actually like fighting.After graduating from high school, while many of his pals were doing nothing, Hiroshi took over his father’s business without hesitation. Soon afterward, he got married to Michiko, a girl who had once been a troublemaker in her own right. They now have a child and Hiroshi has matured. He is the vice chairman of the Dobuita Shopkeepers Association. Ryo, who has something reckless about him, reminds Hiroshi of his younger days, but he feels annoyed when senior members compare him unfavorably by saying, “Ryo is not as vulgar as you were”.


Role: Owner of Bar Linda
Gender: Male
Age: 32
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 163 lbs
Blood Type: AB
Birth Date: 13th March
Zodiac Sign: Pisces
Where: Bar Linda

Hiroyuki owns the Bar Linda. After quitting his high school in Shikoku, he came to Tokyo dreaming of city life, but found that reality didn’t live up to his dreams. He had to work at a construction site in the daytime and work as a bartender at night to make ends meet. During that time, nearly 10 years ago he met Kyoko Hayashida at a club in Shinjuku. A year later, they started dating secretly because Kyoko came from an upstanding family who cared about differences in social status. Nevertheless, they were very happy together.Four years later, when Kyoko’s mother attempted to pay him off if he would leave her. Hiroyuki refused the bribe but made his mind up to leave Kyoko for her sake. However, when Kyoko found out that her mother had tried to bribe him, she asked him to elope with her. They fled to a small town and had a simple wedding ceremony with no one in attendance and proceeded to lead a humble, but happy life. They saved money by working part-time jons with the intention of opening their own bar someday. They moved to Yokosuka three years ago and they opened the bar. Kyoko uses Hayshi as her last name, hiding the fact they are a married couple. The name, Linda, is taken from Kyoko’s real name, Hayashida. The two now live a peaceful, happy life.

 

Role: Tom’s Girlfriend
Gender: Female
Age: 23
Height: 5’7”
Weight: 148 lbs
Blood Type: A
Birth Date: 7th December
Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
Where: Tom’s Hot Dogs

She is Tom’s girlfriend. She is cheerful and active. She speaks Japanese more fluently than Tom. (In fact, she taught him how to speak Japanese.) She can even write and read Japanese to some extent. After graduating from high school in Connecticut, she came to Japan. She is helping Tom with his hot dog stand, but she is not as good as Tom when it comes to cooking. She knows Tom well and always encourages him with her cheerful mood.

 

Role: Owner of Maeda Barbershop
Gender: Male
Age: 52
Height: 5’2”
Weight: 115 lbs
Blood Type: O
Birth Date: 2nd February
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
Where: Maeda Barbershop

A rather stubborn man, Ichiro runs an old-fashioned barbershop by the old-fashioned principle, “Real men wear their hair cropped short.” and he means it. The fact that young men’s longer hairstyles are becoming increasingly more popular is of no concern to him. He stands by his conviction that men’s hair should only be crewcut style. He even wishes to cut Tom’s hair in this style, going so far as to offer to pay Tom to let him do so. Ryo has been his customer for a long time, which makes it difficult for Ryo to explain current trends to him. Whenever he goes, Maeda-san always rants and raves, preaching to Ryo while he is trimming his hair. Partly because of that, when Ryo was a boy, he had the impression that Ichiro was a “scary man.” That imprint makes Ryo afraid of him even now.Although Maeda-san is very strict with boys, he is a gentle, sensible father towards his daughter Miki. He respects his daughter’s freedom and lets her do what she likes as long as she takes responsibility for her actions. He does however, make it a rule that she exchanges greetings properly, and prohibits her from riding on a motorcycle. He hopes that his future son-in-law, whoever he may be, will take over the shop one day, but Miki seems to have rather different plans for the shop.

 

Role: Owner of Smiley Flower Shop
Gender: Male
Age: 31
Height: 5’8”
Weight: 135 lbs
Blood Type: AB
Birth Date: 23rd March
Zodiac Sign: Gemini
Where: Smiley Flower Shop

Junichiro Nemoto’s hobbies are making and saving mney, so he considers himself a businessman. He looks older than he is, often mistaken for a man in his 40’s. With the 1 million yen he earned through a part-time job while in college, he started to buy stocks and now he owns the Smiley Flower Shop and a restaurant in Yokohama. At the Smiley Flower Shop, reliable Yuriko runs the business smoothly while Nemoto is busy managing the restaurant. He chose Yuriko as a shop clerk and a candidate for his wife from the beginning because she was very pretty and intelligent. He has high hopes that she will find him attractive someday. But for now, he is too proud to telll her that he really likes her. Instead, he only tries to impress her with his moneymaking prowess.

 

Role: Owner of Manpukuken Ramen
Gender: Female
Age: 38
Height: 5’5”
Weight: 121 lbs
Blood Type: A
Birth Date: 12th December
Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
Where: Manpukuken Ramen

Junko, the cheerful owner of the Manpukuken Ramen experienced a tragic misfortune in her life. The man she fell madly in love with and married passed away at a young age, leaving her a widow with only his unique Chinese recipe for ramen noodle soup to remind her of him. This proved to be enough to enable her to establish the popular local ramen shop that is now quite prosperous. In fact, the taste of this broth is so delicious that people come from all over the country to this small shop in Dobuita just to eat this special ramen. Even on the busiest of days though, Junko can be seen standing, staring off into the distance reminiscing about the days when her husband was alive as she pours the broth into the bowls.

 

Role: Owner of Water Dragon 2 Thrift Shop
Gender: Male
Age: 42
Height: 5’8”
Weight: 143 lbs
Blood Type: A
Birth Date: 16th January
Zodiac Sign: Capricorn
Where: Water Dragon 2 Thrift Shop

Kazuo is the manager of the “other” Water Dragon, known fondly as Water Dragon 2 Thrift Shop. He is a friendly and reliable person and a sort of elder brother to Ryo. He knows everything about jeans. Just by glancing at the stitching, he can tell the age, style and make of the jeans in question.

 

Role: Owner of Bunkado Antiques
Gender: Male
Age: 61
Height: 5’5”
Weight: 128 lbs
Blood Type: O
Birth Date: 1st November
Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
Where: Bunkado Antiques

As the owner of Bunkado Antiques, Oishi-san is often absent from the shop, traveling around the country searching for antique art objects and old treasures. With more than 40 years experience, he has a discerning eye for antique art and an extensive knowledge of Japanese antiques and artifacts. He also has a deep knowledge of Chinese antiques and carries an impressive collection in his shop. In addition, he collects old books on history and unique martial arts moves scrolls from various schools.

 

Role: Water Dragon 2 Thrift Shop Employee
Gender: Female
Age: 27
Height: 5’4”
Weight: 108 lbs
Blood Type: O
Birth Date: 29th January
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
Where: Water Dragon 2 Thrift Shop

Kimie is a graduate of a famous woman’s college where most of the students are from good families. After graduation, she stayed at home idly until her parents decided to arrange a marriage for her. To escape this fate, she ran away from home and came to settle in Dobuita. Her parents have no idea of her whereabouts. Despite having more than 100 brand-name suits hanging in the closet at her parents’ house, she only brought a few of them, which she had to sell for some money. Now Kimie only has two pairs of jeans and jackets, given to her by the manager of the Water Dragon 2 Thrift Shop because she works there part-time. She has confessed to him that she is from a very rich family with a gorgeous house in Yokohama. However, the manager doesn’t believe her. Instead, he is afraid that she may run away without paying her rent because he served as the guarantor for the tenancy agreement of her apartment. Although she lives frugally by herself, Kimie likes her new life and hopes to keep working at the Water Dragon 2 Thrift Shop for a while. Provided her desperate parents don’t find her, she’ll be here for some time.

 

Role: Owner of Hokuhoku Lunch Box
Gender: Female
Age: 48
Height: 5’4”
Weight: 139 lbs
Blood Type: O
Birth Date: 30th October
Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
Where: Hokuhoku Lunch Box

Kinuyo is the owner of the Hokuhoku Lunch Box and the mother of Hisaka and Mai. She lost her husband 13 years ago. Two years later, to forget her sorrow, she started her lunchbox business. Kinuyo’s so-called “Mother’s homemade lunch” became popular among the local bachelors, and with the help of her elder daughter, sales gradually have increased over the years. As the business grew, the daily work became increasingly busy thereby causing Kinuyo to neglect her second daughter Mai. As a result, Mai has grown rebellious and delinquent, constantly worrying Kinuyo and Hisaka

 

Role: Slot House Employee
Gender: Female
Age: 24
Height: 5’7”
Weight: 113 lbs
Blood Type: AB
Birth Date: 27th January
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
Where: Slot House

Kirino works much harder than it appears. She is unofficially managing the Slot House in place of the idle Takafumi Mitsuzuka, the shop manager. Few people know anything of her private life. She has such a mysterious air about her that nobody can tell what she is thinking about. She seems to have quite a few secret admirers in Dobuita.

 

Role: Yamaji Soba Noodles Employee
Gender: Male
Age: 30
Height: 5’9”
Weight: 179 lbs
Blood Type: A
Birth Date: 15th August
Zodiac Sign: Leo
Where: Yamaji Soba Noodles

He is known by the nickname of Yama-chan in Dobuita. However, Kiyoshi doesn’t like that nickname much; he believes his nickname is taken from Yamaji, not Yamanaka. Although it has been 10 years since he started working at Yamaji Soba Noodles, he is still only in charge of deliveries and is never allowed to touch the buckwheat soba dough, let alone knead it. However, Kiyoshi feels the owner is not a bad guy and knows that the owner is seriously thinking about hiring a part-timer and letting Kiyoshi handle the kitchen.

 

Role: Nagai Industries Apprentice
Gender: Male
Age: 24
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 141 lbs
Blood Type: O
Birth Date: 20th December
Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
Where: Nagai Industries

A young apprentice of Nagai Industries, Kouji is a man of questionable morality and knows nothing about duty and manners. Because Nagai knows he wouldn’t be able to handle Kouji on his own, he relagates Kouji to the job of standing guard at the entrance, and has assigned Toshiki to become Kouji’s mentor. Kouji secretly earns extra money by working as a bodyguard for Jimmy at the Asia Travel Co. During his time off, he enjoys hitting on women. Taking advantage of his good looks, he is a bit of a playboy.

 

Role: Hostess at Bar Linda
Gender: Female
Age: 29
Height: 5’5”
Weight: 104 lbs
Blood Type: A
Birth Date: 18th June
Zodiac Sign: Gemini
Where: Bar Linda

Her real name is Kyoko Hayashida and she is a hostess at the Bar Linda. Although she is married to the owner, Hiroyuki, they keep their marriage a secret for reasons known only to them. They originally met 10 years a go at a club in Shinjuku. A friend of Kyoko’s introduced her to Hiroyuki, who was working there as a bartender. As their friendship deepened, Kyoko found herself attracted to Hiroyuki’s dark side, despite the contravention of her wealthy, overly concerned parents. Realizing she was deeply in love with Hiroyuki, she took a proactive approach to their relationship. They officially began dating one year after they met, but decided to keep their relationship a secret from her family, who, caring only about social status, would have forbidden them from meeting.Four years later when Kyoko’s mother attempted to pay him to leave her, Hiroyuki refused the bribe but made up his mind to leave Kyoko for her sake. However, when Kyoko found out that her mother had tried to bribe him, she asked to him to elope with her. They fled to a small town, where they got married at a church with no one in attendance. Although she was a bride in a veil in plain clothes, she was very happy. The couple worked day and night from then on. While it must have been hard to Kyoko, raised in opulence, to adjust, she never complained and often spoke at length on how much better her life felt. Finally, after years of scrimping and saving, they realiszed their dream by opening a bar in Yokosuka three years ago. Their bar, called “Linda” is in a small two-storey building with the bar on the first floor and their small three-room apartment on the second floor. As small as it is, they consider it their dream house.
To hide from her family, Kyoko changed her last name to Hayashi. Their business is mildly successful, supported by friends and locals who frequent the bar as customers. It is certain they are leading a quiet, happy life and will continue to do so.

 

Role: Wife of Liu Ji You, of Liu Barber & Hair Salon
Gender: Female
Age: 42
Height: 5’1”
Weight: 115 lbs
Blood Type: B
Birth Date: 29th April
Zodiac Sign: Taurus
Where: Liu Barber & Hair Salon

En Ling is a second-generation Chinese born in Japan, and her father is one of the three greatest cooks in Yokohama Chinatown. Her mother is Japanese, so En Ling speaks Japanese fluently, and has always lived a Japanese lifestyle. She can hardly speak any Chinese, but writes and reads a little. Nobody knows she is Chinese until she says her name. After getting married to a barber, Ji You, En Ling became a licensed barber as well. She respects her husband professionally as well as personally. En Ling is well received by their customers and some customers prefer ti have their face shaved by her.

 

Role: Retired Tailor
Gender: Male
Age: 81
Height: 5’1”
Weight: 93 lbs
Blood Type: A
Birth Date: 10th March
Zodiac Sign: Pisces
Where: Suzume Park---Residential District

Gong Hui is an old Chinese man who left Shanghai, China, during the end of the Taisho era and moved to Yokohama to start his training as a tailor. He started as a live-in student, and it took him 14 years before he was able to own his own business at the age of 30. Owing a lot to his strict but warm master, he has many good memories and a fine technique. His business ran smoothly and he introduced new technology. He owned a small sewing factory in Yokohama. At the age of 80, he retired and sold off the factory. Though, since his wife died, his son Ji You asked him to live with his family in Sakuragaoka, Yokosuka, he refused because he felt embarrassed by the idea that he would be taken care of by his son. Now he’s bought a larger house in Sakuragaoka and lives there alone as if he were showing it off. He has obtained almost everything that he would want, but his dream of living with grandchildren may not be realized. He seems sad about this.

 

Role: Owner of Liu Barber & Hair Salon
Gender: Male
Age: 42
Height: 5’8”
Weight: 152 lbs
Blood Type: A
Birth Date: 19th October
Zodiac Sign: Libra
Where: Liu Barber & Hair Salon

His father is Liu Gong Hui, who worked as a tailor in Yokohama, and his deceased mother was Japanese. At home, they spoke Japanese, but he speaks good Chinese because after graduating from junior high school, he worked for a Chinese barber who was an acquaintance of his father’s. After getting married to En Ling 15 years ago, they started saving money to open their own barbershop. Finally, they opened their shop 10 years ago in Dobuita. To give themselves a competitive edge, they offer a variety of salon services and set their prices slightly lower than Maeda’s longer established barbershop. Now they have many regular customers. Bossy at home, Ji You is timid in public, because he believes that En Ling is perhaps the better barber and stylist. He doesn’t do much around the house so En Ling has to do everything from cleaning the inside of the shop to the cooking and laundry. With his friendly looks, he is considered to be a nice husband in the neighborhood. Recently, they bought a house in Sakuragaoka. Their only concern is that they don’t have any children yet.

 

Role: Owner of Hattori Sporting Goods
Gender: Male
Age: 50
Height: 5’7”
Weight: 132 lbs
Blood Type: AB
Birth Date: 26th May
Zodiac Sign: Gemini
Where: Hattori Sporting Goods

The owner of Hattori Sporting Goods, Hattori-san was born and raised in Yokosuka, so he is a true-blue Yokosuka man. He knows Ryo and Iwao because he sells them their gi used for jujitsu practice. He was very shocked by Iwao’s death. He is also the coach of a boy’s baseball club in the community. He is a kind person, but he sometimes gives too much advice, so the children think he is too bossy (Ryo agrees.) His son works for a company, and his grandson is a surfer. His daughter has married and left home. He lost his wife many years ago so he feels lonely sometimes. When he can afford it, he sometimes closes the shop early to go see baseball games.

Role: Owner of Bob’s Pizzeria
Gender: Male
Age: 48
Height: 6’0”
Weight: 265 lbs
Blood Type: O
Birth Date: 5th September
Zodiac Sign: Virgo
Where: Bob’s Pizzeria
Mario is the owner of Bob’s Pizzeria and loves Japan very much. Alongside his brother, he used to work as a chef at a famous pizzeria in Japan. Five years ago, he came to Japan, the home country of his wife Momoko, and opened his restaurant in Dobuita.

 

Role: Yaokatsu Produce
Gender: Male
Age: 49
Height: 5’4”
Weight: 152 lbs
Blood Type: AB
Birth Date: 22nd January
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
An infamous delinquent since he was small, by the age of 15, Masaru had an air of mischief about him and people called him a “scoundrel.” His father was a partriarchal man who had his wife take care of everything, including his vegetable stand, while he simply gambled everyday---this was obviously a big infulence on Masaru. Together with Shinkichi Noda (Uokichi Seafood) and Hiroshi Tamura (Tamura Butcher Shop), he was always looking for fights and beat up almost every other delinquent around Yokosuka and Yokohama. When he was in the second year of high school, his mother collapsed from overwork. This experience had a profound effect on Masaru, causing him to change his ways. He quit school without hesitation and started working at the shop. However, like father, like son, so in a matter of weeks, the two were using up the daily sales of the shop either on drinking or gambling. They continued to live like that for more than 10 years.One day, his father began to worry about their future. They needed somebdoy who could manage their family budget properly. Yoshie was considered an ideal wife for Masaru because she is strong enough to smack some sense into him if he really got out of line. She is a good infulence on him and he’s gradually begun to sway away from gambling. He now prefers to sing with old friends at a karaoke bar, rather than gamble. In the old days, people disliked him because he became a bit rough when he got drunk, nowadays people dislike him because he is a terrible singer who won’t pass the microphone once he starts singing.

 

Role: Manager of Water Dragon Thrift Store
Gender: Female
Age: 29
Height: 5’4”
Weight: 108 lbs
Blood Type: A
Birth Date: 17th June
Zodiac Sign: Gemini
Where: Water Dragon Thrift Store
She is the manager of Water Dragon Thrift Store. For a person in the service industry, she doesn’t look very friendly. However, she has no interest in anything except her job. She is trying to improve her sales so she can return to the main shop. She has a strong sense of competition---in particular, against the second branch in Dobuita run by Kazuo Akasaka.


Role: Daughter of the owner of Maeda Barbershop
Gender: Female
Age: 20
Height: 5’3”
Weight: 108 lbs
Blood Type: A
Birth Date: 10th April
Zodiac Sign: Aries
Where: Maeda Barbershop
Miki, the only daughter of Ichiro Maeda, the owner of Maeda Barbershop, also works there. She has been close to Ryo since they were children. She obtained a license to become a hairdresser at a technical college in Yokohama, after graduating from high school in Yokosuka. Now she helps her father in the shop but he hopes that his son-in-law will succeed him in his business in the future. Meanwhile, Miki is secretly planning to transform the shop into a beauty parlor. Her favorite aspect of her father is that he is a man who respects a child’s liberty as long as the child takes responsibilty for her actions. However, she is a little angry that he won’t allow her to ride a motorcycle.


Role: Part-time employee of Tomato Convenience Store
Gender: Female
Age: 20
Height: 5’4”
Weight: 104 lbs
Blood Type: B
Birth Date: 16th April
Zodiac Sign: Aries
Where: Tomato Convenience Store
Minako is a college student who thinks of nothing but overseas trips and shopping for brand-name goods, and her number-one pastime is clubbing. She is well informed and always goes along with anything that’s fun and entertaining. She believes that life should be easy for a pretty girl, and follows this concept whenever possible. She devotes a lot of time to her part-time job, skipping classes all the time. She doesn’t worry about her grades at all, because she hedges her bets by pouring drinks for her professor at parties, and keeps a string of at least 10 hardworking boys who are always ready to do her homework or take her tests. Despite all these boyfriends, she is always on the lookout for new men. She seems to have her eye on Ryo and considers him strong and good-looking, even though he is still a high school student and younger than her. She dislikes men such as her part-time co worker, Yohei Kondo, who is gloomy and has no money.

 

Role: Owner of Daisangen Mahjong Parlor
Gender: Male
Age: 50
Height: 5’5”
Weight: 143 lbs
Blood Type: O
Birth Date: 16th May
Zodiac Sign: Taurus
Where: Daisangen Mahjong Parlor
The owner of the Daisangen Mahjong Parlor used to be a legendary mahjong player. When Asada-san was young he was always lucky, so he went on a mahjong trip around Japan to test his luck. After playing against some of the best in Japan, he won a lot of money. It took some time to decide what he’d do with the money, but he eventually decided to open a mahjong parlor in his favorite area, Dobuita. The name of the parlor comes from his favorite hand in mahjong.


Role: Owner of Takara Sushi
Gender: Male
Age: 40
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 161 lbs
Blood Type: O
Birth Date: 26th February
Zodiac Sign: Pisces
Where: Takara Sushi
This Tokyoite is the owner of the Takara Sushi restaurant. Mitsuru hates dishonesty, is short-tempered, impatient and a little on the stubborn side. He often started fights when he was young, but he settled down once he started his own business. Nevertheless, he can’t stand customers who drink too much or are rowdy. He snarls at this customers, and quips, “This isn’t a bar or a pub, it’s a sushi restaurant. Go to a bar if you just want to drink!” Some customers are afraid of him, but other patrons highly respect his regard for a proper atmosphere.


Role: Manager of Funny Bear Burgers
Gender: Male
Age: 34
Height: 5’6”
Weight: 137 lbs
Blood Type: A
Birth Date: 15th February
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
Where: Funny Bear Burgers
This ex-banker started a hamburger shop after resigning from the bank he joined after college. In the early days of the shop, Motoyuki was just an amateur, but he became quite skilled and eventually won the all-Japan hamburger championship, amateur category.Unfortuantely, his marketing skills aren’t so great, so no matter how much he invests in developing new products, most wind up failing. His ex-boss from the bank where he used to work supplied the start-up and running capital for his shop. It seems he knows something about his ex-boss that gives him some leverage over him.


Role: Owner of Nana’s Karaoke Bar
Gender: Female
Age: 36
Height: 5’3”
Weight: 177 lbs
Blood Type: O
Birth Date: 22nd September
Zodiac Sign: Virgo
Where: Nana’s Karaoke Bar

The owner of Nana’s Karaoke Bar, Nanako came to Tokyo from Gifu when she was 18 to become a singer. She quit in obscurity five years later and started working as a hostess at a nightclub. Her cheerful, warm personality allowed her to become the top hostess in the club within two years. She was promoted to an assistant manager three years later and ran the operation well. She married one of her customers from the nightclub, but divorced seven years later when she found out her husband had a mistress. She used the alimony from the divorce settlement to open the karaoke bar. Whenever she gets drunk, she always says, “I’ve had enough of men. I am happy as long as I can sing.”

 

Role: Fortune-teller and owner of Lapis
Gender: Female
Age: 27
Height: 5’4”
Weight: 102 lbs
Blood Type: A
Birth Date: 24th February
Zodiac Sign: Pisces
Where: Lapis Fortune Teller

This popular fortune-teller is regularly written about in popular woman’s magazines. Originally, her family ran a grocery store, but after her parents died in a traffic accident, Natsumi closed the store and began telling fortunes there instead. All her neighbors know the truth about her background but keep it secret because her fortune telling is so popular that it draws many customers into Dobuita’s shopping district. While magazine features have contributed to her popularity, the main reason is the uncanny accuracy of her predictions.

 

Role: Jupitor’s Jackets
Gender: Male
Age: 39
Height: 5’7”
Weight: 146 lbs
Blood Type B
Birth Date: 21st April
Zodiac Sign: Taurus
Where: Jupitor’s Jackets

Noriyuki worked as a used-car dealer after graudating from high school in his hometown, Yokosuka. Taking advantage of his own tactfulness and charismatic nature, he achieved good sales, but he couldn’t get along with his boss and resigned two years later. After bouncing from one job to another, he finally settled on his present job as manager of Jupitor’s Jackets, after being introduced to the owner by a friend two years ago. Recently he started living alone at Tsukushi Apartments in Dobuita. He enjoys his job very much because he has always liked the unique Yokosuka style jackets he sells in the store. Despite his enthusiasm, jacket sales remain sluggish due in part to the depressed economy.

 

Role: Granddaughter of Keizo Oishi
Gender: Female
Age: 9
Height: 4’1”
Weight: 73 lbs
Blood Type: A
Birth Date: 14th June
Zodiac Sign: Cancer
Where: Bunkado Antiques

Ryoko is the granddaughter of Keizo Oishi, who owns Bunkado Antiques. She often looks after the shop while her grandfather is away. Being well brought up, she is well mannered and speaks politely for her age of 9. She likes to read. She often reads a book while looking after the shop.

 

Role: Employee of Water Dragon Thrift Store
Gender: Male
Age: 26
Height: 5’5”
Weight: 150 lbs
Blood Type: B
Birth Date: 7th March
Zodiac Sign: Pisces
Where: Water Dragon Thrift Store

Ryuji works at Water Dragon Thrift Store. He has unique tastes in fashion and knows a lot about vintage clothing. Because his taste and style are a bit odd, his shop is not very popular. It is rumored he also deals in stolen goods.

 

Role: Sandwich Poster Man
Gender: Male
Age: 47
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 177 lbs
Blood Type: AB
Birth Date: 7th November
Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
Where: Dobuita

Santa is a sandwich-board man, walking through Dobuita in the middle of the Christmas holidays to advertise the shops. Walking along the street all day is easy for him because he used to be a marathon runner. More than 20 years have passed since he retired from running, but his legs are still strong.

 

Role: Owner of Global Travel Agency
Gender: Male
Age: 45
Height: 5’8”
Weight: 150 lbs
Blood Type: A
Birth Date: 16th April
Zodiac Sign: Aries
Where: Global Travel Agency

Satoshi is the manager of the Global Travel Agency. He was born and raised in Yokosuka and is a very polite man. The Global Travel Agency is one of the largest travel agencies in Japan and the main office is located in Otemachi. Shinoda was one of the elite employees working there until he became a scapegoat for the company during a scandal. He was transferred to this branch and he is working dilligently as usual, without being depressed. He is cheerful and friendly. For a long time after he was transferred, he lived alone, but recently he brought his wife and children from Tokyo so that they could live as a family again.

 

Role: Owner of Uokichi Seafood
Gender: Male
Age: 45
Height: 5’6”
Weight: 137 lbs
Blood Type: O
Birth Date: 19th July
Zodiac Sign: Cancer
Where: Uokichi Seafood

The owner of Uokichi Seafood, Shinkichi’s true loves are gambling and karaoke. He is quite obsessed with horseracing even though he has never won much money, he always gets excited at the chance of winning and is never without a betting slip in his hand. Unfortuantely, he wastes far too much money when he bets, and her never learned to control his habit. His wife left him 10 years ago afer losing patience with him. This came as a great shock to him. Despite this experience, he is still a cheerful person by nature. Regardless of other people’s constant concern for him, his gambling has only increased since his wife left him. He sometimes spends all the shop’s profits on gambling. He talsk like he hails from Tokyo, but he is actually from Yokohama. Although he looks like a heavy drinker, he can’t actually handle liquour. After just a few sips of beer, he often starts to feel tipsy and begins rambling on about his past. When it comes to business, he is extremely serious. He is very discriminating about the fish he sells and he manages to maintain reasonable prices, which keeps his customers loyal.

 

Role: Bus Driver
Gender: Male
Age: 41
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 150 lbs
Blood Type: A
Birth Date: 29th April
Zodiac Sign: Taurus
Where: Bus Stop

He is the driver of the local bus route that connects Dobuita with the New Yokosuka Harbor. He is an experienced driver who has been driving this route for five years. He is very punctual, too. He is the ideal bus driver who cares about safety and never drives too fast. However, he is a person of few words and is considered rather reserved.

 

Role: Manager of Kurita Military Surplus
Gender: Male
Age: 25
Height: 5’6”
Weight: 130 lbs
Blood Type: B
Birth Date: 25th January
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
Where: Kurita Military Surplus

Hailing from a rich family in Yokosuka that is well known, Shiro has never had a problem with money . He is a military maniac and had hoped to join the Japan Self-Defence Force after graduating from junior high school, but because of his parent’s opposition, he gave up on his dream and reluctantly went to high school. After graduating, Shiro decided to go to the National Defense Academy and worked hard to enter, but he was rejected twice. After that, he stayed unemployed, dependent on his parents for living expenses. Shiro’s parents encouraged him to get any job he could for appearance’s sake, so he opened Kurita Military Surplus with his father’s monetary backing. His father onws both the shop and the Okayama Heights apartment building, where Shiro lives. Because he thinks of his shop as just an extracurricular activity, he doesn’t mind whether it makes money or not, but does care a great deal about the authenticity of the goods he stocks. He often travels overseas to buy new goods, closing the shop for long periods of time. Recently Shiro started dating Yuriko Kikuchi from the Smiley Flower Shop. While he desires to settle down, he often wonders if he is ready to get married.

 

Role: Honda Drugstore
Gender: Male
Age: 48
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 152 lbs
Blood Type: A
Birth Date: 15th August
Zodiac Sign: Leo
Where: Honda Drugstore

Soichi Honda is the manager of the Honda Drugstore. After graduating from a college of pharmacy, Honda joined a large hospital as a pharmacist. He worked there diligently for 16 years, but lost his job five years ago. The hospital was forced to shut down after a malpractice suit that resulted from a botched operation. Furthermore, the director was suspected of embezzling government subsidies. Around the same time, Honda’s wife and two children left him. His life was in despair, but his friend found a pharmacist job for him at a pharmacy chain store one year later. Though his salary was lower than what he had earned at the hospital, Honda found it was more than sufficient for a single man. When he first heard that the pharmacy was in Dobuita, Yokosuka, he was shocked and almost turned down the job, but now he has recently begun to like the area and has started to enjoy his work.

 

Role: Owner of Yamaji Soba Noddles
Gender: Male
Age: 57
Height: 5’2”
Weight: 150 lbs
Blood Type: B
Birth Date: 10th February
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
Where: Yamaji Soba Noodles

Susumu Aketagawa has been producing his special soba (buckwheat noodles) for more than 30 years. He has the utmost confidence in his skill. However, he is concerned about his declining health and wonders if he should retire after giving his student Kiyoshi traning on how to knead soba. Aketagawa was 27 when he first learned the art of making soba---10 years after becoming a live-in student. Later he came to realize that it takes 10 years to learn how to make soba correctly, taking into account color, cooking and delivery time. Following the custom of Yamaji Soba Noodles, he had had Kiyoshi deliver his soba for almost 10 years. He secretly hopes that his daughter will marry Kiyoshi and that they will take care of him when he gets older. This is what Aketagawa usually daydreams about while preparing the soba.

 

Role: Owner of Slot House
Gender: Male
Age: 43
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 168 lbs
Blood Type: AB
Birth Date: 7th May
Zodiac Sign: Taurus
Where: Slot House

Currently the manager of the Slot House, Takafumi resigned from his company three years ago to open this business. He leaves the day-to-day management to Kirino Matsuyama, an employee at the Slot House. Takafumi spends most of this time behind the counter, doing nothing in particular. His only enthusiasm is building plastic models, which he devotes himself to at home.

 

Role: Owner of Tattoo Parlor
Gender: Male
Age: 29
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 152 lbs
Blood Type: AB
Birth Date: 17th April
Zodiac Sign: Aries
Where: Tattoo Parlor (Okayama Heights)

Born in Hiroshima, in junior high school Takashi was heavily infulenced by movies. Once when he approached a punk to ask him about his tattoos, the punk got angry and beat Takashi up for no apparent reason. Luckily, Soroku Kikuchi, a tattoo artist, who happened to be passing by at the time, saved Takashi from serious injury. After this experience, Takashi became interested in tattoos., so he decided to become Kikuchi-san’s student. Although Kikuchi-san believed that tattoos are really just scribble, for some reason, his tattoos were in high demand. Believing that tattoos are an art form, Takashi soon became disenchanted with Kikuchi-san’s teachings and when he was 17, Takashi set out on his own. By that time, he could tattoo quite well and earned a fair amount of money tattooing truck drivers. He hitchhiked all the way to Yokohama and began his own student---Shunkichi. Takashi began living with Asami, a girl with extraordinary fair skin. He tattooed Asami and himself with the same design, but one day Asami ran away with Shunkichi. After this incident, Takashi began to distrust everyone and moved to Yokosuka to restart his business there. For the past five years, he has been quietly tattooing only those customers who appreciate his designs.

 

Role: Bartender, MJQ Jazz Bar
Gender: Male
Age: 32
Height: 5’8”
Weight: 139 lbs
Blood Type: B
Birth Date: 27th November
Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
Where: MJQ Jazz Bar

Takeshi Hirai used to be a bartender at a prestigious hotel in Yokohama. After quarreling with a floor manager, he was fired and he returned to his hometown Dobuita, where he opened a cozy, relaxing bar called MJQ Jazz Bar. Attending lavishly to the needs of the customers while listening to his favourite jazz is very satisfying to him. A recent magazine article about the bar has brought an increase of customers. Some of these customers ruin the atmosphere of the bar, which irritates Hirai to no end.

 

Role: Owner of Ajiichi Chinese Restaurant
Gender: Male
Age: 50
Height: 5’5”
Weight: 152 lbs
Blood Type: B
Birth Date: 22nd March
Zodiac Sign: Aries
Where: Ajichi Chinese Restaurant

Duo Ji is the owner of the Ajiichi Chinese Restaurant. He is originally from Gaoxiong, Taiwan. When he was 15, he started working as an apprentice chef at a place called Hai Xian Jiu Jia in Hai Feng, Guangdong, China. At the age of 22, Duo Ji came to Japan to work at the Ma Ming Lou, in Yokohama’s Chinatown. The day he turned 26, he opened his own restaurant, the Ajiichi Chinese Restaurant, in Yokosuka. He met his wife, Lin Xia, while they were working at Ma Ming Lou together. He sometimes quarrels with Lin Zia, who always dotes on Wang, Duo Ji’s apprentice and delivery boy. Duo Ji is very strict about discipline and this is reflected in his cooking. Although a bit stubborn, he is a good man by nature.

 

Role: Wife of Tao Duo Ji, owner of Ajiichi Chinese Restaurant
Gender: Female
Age: 48
Height: 5’3”
Weight: 110 lbs
Blood Type: A
Birth Date: 25th August
Zodiac Sign: Virgo
Where: Ajiichi Chinese Restaurant

Lin Xia is a chef and waitress at the Ajiichi Chinese Restaurant and the wife of Tao Duo Ji. She was born in Hui Zhou, Guangdong, to a family of chefs. When she was 19 years old, she moved to Yokohama to work at the Ma Ming Lou, where her uncle was working. It is here where she met her husband Duo Ji. She often comments on how beautiful she was in her younger days, but strangely enough, this claim is never confirmed by Duo Ji. The success of the Ajiichi can mainly be attributed to Lin Xia. She took the initiative in the restaurant’s early days and added authentic Guangdongese dishes to the menu. She seems to be the head of the family.

Role: Bartender, Bar Yokosuka
Gender: Male
Age: 42
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 187 lbs
Blood Type: AB
Birth Date: 27th August
Zodiac Sign: Virgo
Where: Bar Yokosuka
The bartender at the Bar Yokosuka used to travel around the world as a navigation officer when he was young. Teruhiko Saijo later decided to sever his connections with the industry after he had a dispute with his company over money. He once visited the Bar Yokosuka by chance and fell immediately in love with the place. He has been working as a bartender there ever since. He is good at making cocktails and often develops his own originals.

 

Role: Owner of Aida Flower Shop
Gender: Female
Age: 70
Height: 4’11”
Weight: 99 lbs
Blood Type: AB
Birth Date: 20th September
Zodiac Sign: Virgo
Where: Aida Flower Shop
Toki-san is the owner of Aida Florist and the grandmother of Nozomi Harasaki. She was born in Hokkaido. When Toki was 18 years old, she ran away from home and sneaked aboard a ship. She was trying to emmigrate to the USA, however the ship was bound for Yokosuka instead. She was caught and was about to be delivered to the police when Makoto Aida, one of the sailors aboard the ship, helped her. They fell in love at first sight and got married as soon as they arrived at Yokosuka Harbor. Half a year later, the ship he was serving on sank in the Atlantic Ocean. Just before this happened, she discovered she was pregnant with Risa. Without giving into her sorrow and misfortune, Toki raised her child, while working at a bar in Dobuita. She had many legendary love affairs and became quite an idol among the men in Yokosuka. She quit working at the bar when her daughter got married and bought the property for a flower shop for which she had been saving steadily. Now she has a peaceful life, Toki seems to think her granddaughter Nozomi bears a resemblance to her when she was the same age.

 

Role: Owner of Tom’s Hot Dogs
Gender: Male
Age: 27
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 177 lbs
Blood Type: B
Birth Date: 23rd November
Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
Where: Tom’s Hot Dogs
Tom, a friendly American who hails from New York, runs a hot dog stand in Dobuita. He is always dancing to rap and reggae music. The hot dogs he perpares while dancing are authentic Amercian hot dogs. He hitchhiked around the world until he finally decided to settle in Yokosuka. Tom is said to have learned various martial arts from people he met while traveling through Latin America. Due to his strange looks and broken Japanese, some people avoid him, but he is understanding and is a good friend to Ryo.


Role: Thug Who Comes and Goes from Nagai Industries
Gender: Male
Age: 32
Height: 5’8”
Weight: 172 lbs
Blood Type: B
Birth Date: 9th August
Zodiac Sign: Leo
Where: Nagai Industries
This senior member of Nagai Industries is not a man of physical strength, but he has earned the fullest confidence of Nagai because of his keen nose for gathering behind-the-scenes information. Thanks to Kagawa’s information, Nagai Industries has escaped from police raids seven times and Nagai himself has survived five attacks from hitmen. Even Hasegawa-san, a fellow senior member, admits his superiority. Being a stay-at-home kind of person, Kagawa seldom goes out of the building where Nagai Industries is located. He lives in the same building and has all his meals delivered. He only goes up and down the stairs and hardly steps outside. He is having trouble with his weight due to a lack of exercise.


Role: Nagai Industries Employee
Gender: Male
Age: 39
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 181 lbs
Blood Type: A
Birth Date: 15th January
Zodiac Sign: Capricorn
Where: Nagai Industries
Tota Yoshino is a member of Nagai Industries, and was just released from Abashiri prison after serving a sentence of seven and a half years. He feels indebted to Nagai whome he feels is a paragon of chivalrous spirit. Yoshino is therefore determined to devote his life to Nagai Industries. He seems to have gone through a lot of hard times, but now keeps a low profile and is philosophical.

 

Role: Nagai Industries Employee
Gender: Male
Age: 42
Height: 6’0”
Weight: 166 lbs
Blood Type: AB
Birth Date: 10th September
Zodiac Sign: Virgo
Where: Nagai Industries
This employee of Nagai Industries is the right-hand man of Nagai and supervises the younger members. Toya Hasegawa used to be a gambler who traveled around the country. When he met Nagai somewhere in Yokosuka, Hasegawa was attracted to Nagai’s personality and pledged loyalty to him over a drink. Despite his tough guy appearance, he lacks the true gangster spirit as he is good-natured at heart.


Role: Apprentice at Ajiichi Chinese Restaurant
Gender: Male
Age: 19
Height: 5’6”
Weight: 159 lbs
Blood Type: O
Birth Date: 8th July
Zodiac Sign: Cancer
Where: Ajiichi Chinese Restaurant
Wang Guang Ji is an apprentice working at the Ajiichi Chinese Restaurant. In fact he is the second son of the owner of Hai Xian Jiu Ja, a restaurant in Hai Feng, Guangdong. Because he wished to be trained in Japan, (so he could go sightseeing) Wang was sent to Tao Duo Ji’s Ajiichi Chinese Restaurant on his father’s recommendation. Because he spent too much of his money before he even left China, Wang had to sell his plane ticket and buy a cheaper ticket for a ship instead. After a long journey, he finally reached Japan. Because he was raised a spoiled child, Wang is too dependent on others. He always goofs around on the job, taking too many breaks (usually drinking sodas or chatting) whenever he goes out for deliveries. For that reason, Tao, who is particularly strict about manners and service, often yells at him.


Role: Owner of Russiya China Shop
Gender: Female
Age: 60
Height: 5’1”
Weight: 106 lbs
Blood Type: B
Birth Date: 9th October
Zodiac Sign: Libra
Where: Russiya China Shop
The owner of the Russiya China Shop, Xiu Yu is from Quan Zhou, Guangdong. When she was a child, her family moved to Hong Kong with her father’s trading business. Schooled in England, in keepinShopg with her father’s doctrine that only cosmopolitan people can be successful in the modern world, she is a well-educated woman. After her elder brother died in the “Japan-China Incident”, her father’s expectations for a successor to the family business shifted to Xiu Yu. She was married at the age of 22 to a man called Ong, who worked under her father. They have a son and a daughter. At the age of 42, Xiu Yu came to Japan with her son’s family. Taking advantage of her fluent Japanese, she started a business in Japan. She dealt in antique imports and exports in Yokohama for a while and her son opened the Russiya China Shop in Yokosuka. Her son and daughter-in-law are currently residing in the US on business, so Xiu Yu is taking care of her grandson, Gao Wen. She loves the child deeply, and spoils him, but she’s strict about teaching manners and proper social conduct.


Role: Grandson of Xia Xiu Yu, Owner of Russiya China Shop
Gender: Male
Age: 5
Height: 3’8”
Weight: 49 lbs
Blood Type: B
Birth Date: 10th July
Zodiac Sign: Cancer
Where: Russiya China Shop

Xia Gao Wen is the first grandson of Xia Xiu Yu, the owner of the Russiya China Shop. He was born in Yokohama and is a third generation Chinese living in Japan. He is the only son of Xia Shun Wen. Because he was born and grew up in Japan, Gao Wen doesn’t think of himself as Chinese, but he speaks Chinese and Xia Yu encourages him to use it daily. Although he cries easily, Gao Wen is a nice, friendly child who plays with anybody. He’s a bit envious of other children who have brothers and sisters, so he tries to infulence his parents by constantly commenting, “I want a baby sister” at every opportunity.

 

Role: Ryo's Co-Worker
Gender: Male
Age: 19
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 155 lbs
Blood Type: O
Birth Date: 29 July
Zodiac Sign: Leo
Where: Dobuita - New Yokosuka Harbor
He was born and raised in Sakuragaoka, but unlike most of the locals, he doesn't like Dobuita very much. The reason for this stems from an incident that happened during his junior high school days when some foreign sailors robbed him of all the money he had received as spending money from his relatives forthe New Year. Since then, he is very reserved although he can be intimidating. Now he is a college student, working at a convenience store, but he seldom goes to class. He looks at Minako Hirai, whose life is a flamboyant and flippant, and believes that she'll have a bitter experience some day. In reality, compared to Minako, he is worse off for not making the most of his life. This is evident from the fact that he can't save money no matter how hard he works.

 

Role: Hostess at Bar Yokosuka
Gender: Female
Age: 42
Height: 5’3”
Weight: 110 lbs
Blood Type: O
Birth Date: 24th March
Zodiac Sign: Aries
Where: Bar Yokosuka

Minato-san is the owner of Bar Yokosuka, but the management of the club is handled by Saijo-san. She moved to Dobuita 10 years ago without any clear intentions, but then suddenly decided to open this bar. It seems she and Iwao have met sometime in the past, but ever since his murder, she refuses to talk about him. Nobody knows what happened between them.

 

Role: Yaokatsu Produce
Gender: Female
Age: 40
Height: 5’4”
Weight: 110 lbs
Blood Type: O
Birth Date: 20th August
Zodiac Sign: Leo
Where: Yaokatsu Produce

Born in a suburb of Yokosuka, Yoshie started working at a credit card bank as an accounting clerk after graduating from high school. She met the Yaokatsu owner, her predecessor and future father-in-law, who was at the time looking for a capable wife for his son. He was enamored of Yoshie, and after a lot of effort, she convinced Yoshie to marry his son when he was 23. Yoshie had a baby boy when she was 25 and has worked alongside her husband Masaru at Yaokatsu Produce ever since. Ever since her father-in-law died 10 years ago, Yoshie gives Masaru a hard time whenever he tries to use the shop’s profits for gambling on pachinko and betting on the horses—exactly as his father would have wished. Yoshie and Masaru’s only son, 15-year old Hiroshi, (Yoshie believes Hiroshi’s name in Japanese stands for “doctor” while Masaru believes it means “gamble”) was sent to a boarding school in England by his mother to prevent him from ruining his future by becoming a gambler like his father.

 

Role: Bartender, Heartbeats Bar
Gender: Male
Age: 37
Height: 5’8”
Weight: 150 lbs
Blood Type: AB
Birth Date: 21st July
Where: Heartbeats Bar

Yoshifumi is the manager of Heartbeats Bar. He never talks about himself so no one knows about his past or when and why he opened the bar. He has his own standards and judges everything by that measure. He shows a sort of affection towards so-called “outsiders” and for this reason, many “outsiders” like hanging out at his bar. He hates so called “square” (normal) people with a passion. Rumor has it Yoshifumi is involved in illegal activities such as drug dealing, but no one knows for sure.

 

Role: Owner of You Arcade
Gender: Male
Age: 41
Height: 5’5”
Weight: 148 lbs
Blood Type: O
Birth Date: 26th April
Zodiac Sign: Taurus
Where: You Arcade

The You Arcade owner, Yuji Nito, lives in Maison de Ishikawa. He opened the arcade three years ago, but he himself isn’t much of an arcade game player. Because of this, Nito-san doesn’t keep up with the latest games and doesn’t get new machines until his customers tell him to. He has set up various businesses in the past, but they all ended in failure. He started this arcade business, his last chance, by getting multiple loans. What he has achieved is owed mainly to his wife, who has been very supportive, both openly and in secret. They have been married for 10 years and live happily, although they are still childless. Nito-san’s wish is to pay off all their debts and live a life of leisure, traveling the world with his wife.

 

Role: Employee of Smiley Flower Shop
Gender: Female
Age: 23
Height: 5’5”
Weight: 104 lbs
Blood Type: A
Birth Date: 10th April
Zodiac Sign: Aries
Where: Smiley Flower Shop

Yuriko’s father is a banker, who frequently moves from twon to town on business. She was born in Nagoya, stayed in Osaka during her elementary school days, and came to Yokosuka when she was in junior high school. When she was in her third year of high school, her family moved to Fukuoka, leaving Yuriko behind to continue her education. She started living alone at Oiwa Apartments in Dobuita. When Yuriko was a college student, she worked part-time at the Smiley Flower Shop and had the full confidence of the shop owner, Nemoto-san. She has continued working for the florist after she graduated from college and many neighbors believe she is the owner of the shop. She is very comfortable in her surroundings and has started thinking that it may be nice to remain and grow old in Dobuita. Her boyfriend is Kurita-san from the Kurita Military Surplus. She knows Ryo because she has scolded him when she’s caught him fighting or being bad. Ryo thinks of Yuriko as if she were an older sister.

 

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