Mare (Japanese: まれ) is a Japanese television drama series, the 92nd Asadora (morning drama) that was broadcast daily on NHK from March 30, 2015, until September 26, 2015, the same as 2009's Asadora series Tsubasa. It is about a young woman from the Noto Peninsula who wants to become a patissier. Tao Tsuchiya, who appeared in the Asadora Hanako to Anne, was cast in the lead role after an audition of 2,020 women.[1]

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Written byEriko Shinozaki
Directed byKazuki Watanabe
Masae Ichiki
Takegorō Nishimura
Tsuyoshi Kawakami
Naoki Murahashi
Keita Hosaka
StarringTao Tsuchiya
Yō Ōizumi
Takako Tokiwa
Shono Hayama
Kento Yamazaki
Fumika Shimizu
Mugi Kadowaki
Yuta Takahata
Daichi Watanabe
Eisuke Sasai
Sawa Suzuki
Muga Tsukaji
Eri Fuse
Guts Ishimatsu
Shoko Nakagawa
Yūya Yagira
Atsuo Nakamura
Fumiyo Kohinata
Min Tanaka
Yūko Tanaka
Narrated byKeiko Toda
ComposerHiroyuki Sawano
Country of originJapan
Original languageJapanese
No. of episodes156
Executive producerRen Takahashi
ProducerTomoki Hase
Production locationJapan
Running time15 minutes
Production companyNHK
Original release
ReleaseMarch 30 (2015-03-30) –
September 26, 2015 (2015-09-26)

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At age ten, Mare Tsumura has decided she has no need for big dreams—she will just live her life step by step, day by day. Her father Tōru has had nothing but big dreams, each of which has ended in failure, causing their family to flee their debts in Tokyo by escaping to a small seaside town in the Noto Peninsula. They are not welcome at first, especially as Tōru keeps on messing things up, but the family finally finds a place to live at the Okesaku's (Fumi and her husband Ganji, who produces salt from seawater), and Mare makes friends with the kids her age. By the time Mare is 17, Tōru has long since disappeared. Mare is a great helper, but is set on living a safe life by working at city hall. She runs into Keita, a boy whom she helped when she first arrived in Noto but who moved away, and grows to like him. But when he confesses his love for her, she reacts badly to his declaration that he will become the world's best lacquerware artist. She cannot handle such big dreams. Toru eventually returns to Noto and is forgiven by his wife Aiko. Mare recalls her childhood memory of eating a delicious birthday cake and wanting to become a pastry chef, and after hearing her friend Ichiko's plans to become an idol, decides to give it one last try by entering a cake contest. She fails miserably, and is roundly criticized by the expert judge. Resolving to give up her dream, she tries to confess her feelings for Keita, only to find out he's now going out with Ichiko. Mare starts working at city hall, with Keita's father as her section chief. Her job is to help people thinking to move to Noto, but runs into many problems, including an agent who secretly steals information about lacquerware and gets Keita into trouble. Mare's family is also in trouble when the Okesaku's son suddenly returns to declare he wants to take over the place and start a cafe. He withdraws, however, when it is clear that the Tsumuras are as much family to his parents as he is. Things change for Mare when Aiko's mother suddenly appears for the first time since Aiko's marriage. Aiko resents her, thinking she abandoned her in order to make a famous patissier in France. Mare helps mend their relationship and finally decides to herself become a patissier under pressure from her grandmother.

Mare leaves for Yokohama to train at the pastry shop that made the cake she liked as a child. She is accepted, but then quits when she finds the cake does not taste like it used to. She walks around testing the cakes of many shops, but when she stops by the Chinese restaurant where her old schoolmate Takashi works while trying to become a musician, she tastes the cake she remembers. It is a product of Ma Chèrie Chou Chou, a shop run by acerbic chef Daigo Ikehata, who constantly closes the shop when things go wrong—the chef who happened to be expert judge who bawled out Mare. Even though she has no experience, Mare convinces him to take her on for a test period of one month. She beds in the dorm where the other employees—Kazuya and Tōko—stay, which happens to be above the Chinese restaurant, and which happens to be run by Daigo's eccentric wife Rinko. Her first night there she is even kissed by Daigo's carefree—but drunk—son Daisuke. Trouble arrives when Daigo's special Christmas cake recipe is stolen and he again closes the shop. When Mare suggests she and the staff help think of a new recipe—an insult to the elite chef—Daigo challenges them to do that or get fired. Mare thinks up a recipe that uses Noto ingredients—including Genji's salt) and lets Kazuya present it, since it turns out he was the one to lose the recipe. Daigo hates the cake but is intrigued enough by the ingredients to create a new cake for Christmas. Instead of praising Mare, however, he fires her since a real chef never shares a recipe.

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References edit

  1. ^ 土屋太鳳、来春朝ドラ『まれ』ヒロイン決定. Oricon Style (in Japanese). Retrieved 6 May 2015.

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Preceded by Asadora
March 30 – September 26, 2015
Succeeded by