TV drama
"HIRUGAO"- "Morning Glory"; a plant that has many brightly colored flowers that open in the morning or in the afternoon.
"HIRUGAO"- A code name for housewives having affairs on weekday afternoons while their husbands are working.

“HIRUGAO” which aired on Fuji TV in July of 2014 became a social phenomenon with viewer ratings of over 13.9% and “time shift” (recorded and viewed) ratings of over 7.8%. Between 6/30 – 9/28/2014, “HIRUGAO” was the second most popular program after “HERO.”

THE STORY of TV drama

Sawa Sasamoto (Aya Ueto) is a childless housewife, living a simple life in a small apartment with her husband. While working at her part-time job at the local supermarket, Sawa meets the beautiful Rikako Takigawa, (Michiko Kichise) a very different kind of housewife. Rikako has a rich husband and two daughters, and enjoys extramarital affairs as if it was a game.

Everything changes when Sawa meets a high school teacher, Yuichiro Kitano, (Takumi Saito) when one of his students breaks into a car at her workplace. Even if Sawa and Yuichiro are married, there is an undeniable attraction. Meanwhile, Rikako makes waves at home when she develops strong feelings for Osamu Kato (Kazuki Kitamura), an artist who she is having an affair with.

Sawa and Yuichiro become intimate, and their affair develops into true love. But when Yuichiro’s wife finds out, lawyers get involved and Sawa and Yuichiro are forced to end their relationship.

Rikako also decides to part ways with the artist, Kato, and returns home for the sake of her children. Yuichiro leaves his teaching job and moves far away with his wife, who refuses to give him a divorce. Sawa leaves her husband and decides to live alone. All that Sawa and Yuichiro have left are bittersweet memories of a forgotten love…


Sawa Kinoshita (34) has moved to a small coastal town where she finds a job at a seaside restaurant called “Shore Break.”
Her routine of going to work at the restaurant and coming back home to her apartment is disrupted when fate brings Yuichiro Kitano (36) back into her life. Three years ago, Sawa and Yuichiro, both married, had an affair which developed into true love. But when Yuichiro’s wife found out and lawyers got involved, the lovers were forced to part ways. Sawa decided to leave her husband and live alone, while Yuichiro moved far away with his wife, who refused to divorce him.
Sawa and Yuichiro must never look at each other, talk to each other, or contact each other…
Yet without exchanging a word or touch, they begin to meet secretly once a week.
After a month, however, Yuichiro’s wife Noriko (37) finds out they are seeing each other again. This time, Yuichiro decides he cannot live without Sawa, and promises her that he’ll be back.
Several months later, he does return to Sawa and they begin a happy life together.
One day, Sawa receives a fax from Yuichiro’s research lab and learns that he took time off when he should have been at work. Is he lying to her? Sawa begins to harbor suspicions and tails Yuichiro several days later, and sees him with Noriko.
Yuichiro and Noriko still haven’t finalized their divorce. Sawa’s insecurity magnifies into paranoia.
Why are Yuichiro and Noriko still meeting? What will become of Sawa and Yuichiro?
A shocking climax awaits them.


Cast: Aya Ueto, Takumi Saito, Ayumi Ito, Hiroyuki Hirayama and others
Director: Hiroshi Nishitani (Films: “MIDSUMMER’S EQUASION” “BEAUTIFUL WORLD” “SUSPECT X” and others)
Screenplay: Yumiko Inoue
Produced by: Fuji Television, TOHO
Production Company: Kadokawa Daiei Studio Co. Ltd.
Japan’s Release Date: June 10, 2017
Running Time: 120 minutes (TBD)