Hats are Cool and So is History: Taiyou no Ie (Day 5)

Well, after my beloved site being abducted by Nairne-baka, I’m back with Day 5. Let’s jump right into it!

Taiyou no Ie (Surprisingly spoiler free summary)

Taiyou no Ie or House of the Sun, is a sweet and cute shoujo manga about family, friendship and love.
It follows the story of a young high school girl, about my age, Motomiya Mao along her journey of life. At a young age, she was always alone at home due to working parents, so she used to spend time in her neighbour’s place. The Nakamura had three children. The oldest son- Nakamura Hiro, the middle son- Nakamura Daiki (Mao-chan’s age) and the youngest daughter- Nakamura Hina.


As the story progresses, Mao’s parents get a divorce and by a sad turn of events the Nakamura couple dies. The three children live in different places, the younger two in relatives’ houses, but Hiro-kun stays back in his house. He has a great emotional connect to the house because he was the reason the Nakamura bought the house.


Meanwhile, Mao-chan’s father remarries and when Mao-chan comes back home one day, she finds her step sister in her place. Afraid that she doesn’t have a place in her house, she stays in Hiro-kun’s house for the day, only to have her father ask her to remain there itself.

The story basically follows how Hiro-kun tries to get his sibling back together in the house and how Mao-chan tries to build back her realationship with her father and clear the misunderstandings with her step sister and mother.

Then there is also two side plots. One in Hiro-kun’s office following his work partners(?) and the other in Mao-chan’s school, following her relation with her friends. Both add to the love polygon of the manga ( a very well written one at that).

The manga is called Taiyou no Ie as it is the name of the online novel that Mao-chan writes about her daily experiences. The story on the whole was a wonderful experience. It was warm and cute, and I absolutely loved reading it.
It does however get a tad bit dramatic, but it was well incorporated, so it didnot feel annoying at all.

Today however, we (Stay out Nairne) I will not be talking about the emotional aspect of the manga as I have done with so many others, my blog will become repetitive.
No, today I’ll be touching up on a drama that Mao-chan and Dai-kun enjoy- Mito Komon’s Yashichi.

What is Mito Komon about?

Mito Kōmon (水戸黄門) is a Japanese jidaigeki or period drama that has been on prime-time television since 1969. The title character is the historic Tokugawa Mitsukuni, former vice-shogun and retired second daimyōs of the Mito Domain. In the guise of Mitsuemon, a retired crêpe merchant from Echigo, he roams the realm with two samurai retainers, fun-loving Sasaki Sukesaburō (Suke-san) and studious Atsumi Kakunoshin (Kaku-san). An episode typically starts with some injustice perpetrated by a corrupt official, wealthy merchant or gangster; the travelers arrive incognito, discover the injustice and quietly investigate it; and the episode concludes with a brawl in which the unarmed, disguised protagonists better a crowd of samurai and gangsters, culminating with the presentation of the inrō that reveals the hero’s identity. Afterwards, the hero passes judgement upon the villains, and sets things straight with fair comments and encouragements, and then moves on to the journey.


I was actually interested in the drama, but unfortunately haven’t been able to watch it yet. So I tried to do some research to see how much of the actual drama was real history, and I’ll be noting down the points that I found.
Today’s post might be a little boring for people, so sorry about that, but I found it interesting so well…

Historical facts about Mito Komon

  • Mito Komon was a real person whose name was Tokugawa Mitsukuni.
  • He was a relation of the shogun.
  • Mitsukuni is thought to have been a man of impeccable morality, but in fact he was something of a slacker in his youth, hanging out at brothels and getting drunk.
  • The show implies he was a great traveler, but he rarely left his home of Mito, situated in what is now Ibaraki Prefecture.
  • While some of the characters who accompany him on his journeys on the TV drama existed, many are fictional.

And…. that’s it.

Let’s talk about Hats!

It isn’t very common for shoujo male leads to wear hats. Especially when they aren’t sadistic or some sort of an idol hiding from the public.
And I never had a specific problem with it. It’s not something important I was missing out on anyway.

But Hiro-kun in a hat changed my opinion completely. I mean, just look at this!

Now imagine your other favourite characters in hats. Isn’t it just so coolly amazing?!

Like how about Ren Tsuruga with a hat?
Or or Miyamura in a hat?
Or even better, Taehee in a hat?!

It’s so cool! I need 0.5 chapters of everyone with hats! Or maybe I should just do fanart~

And with that, we come to the end of another jobless #12 Days post.
Surprisingly lame, wasn’t it? Still it was fun to write and hopefully fun to read~
Until tomorrow. (Unless Nairne takes over again)

Hats are cool. And so is history isn’t it?

Here’s some bonus hat pictures~

Thanks for reading!


12 thoughts on “Hats are Cool and So is History: Taiyou no Ie (Day 5)

  1. Coincidentally, I started this Manga the day before yesterday, and I’ll have to admit that so far it’s cute! Wonder what my thoughts would be for it in the end.

    I actually don’t like hats since I’m over conscious about my hair (Let them be free!). But when I saw the pic of Hiro in that hat, I felt that maybe it was ok.
    But then… I saw Mao’s pic…. DAMMMMMMN

    Hats are cool, and so is its history!

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