Umimachi Diary

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Umimachi Diary
Umimachi Diary.jpg
Cover of the first volume
Written by Akimi Yoshida
Published by Shogakukan
Demographic Josei
Magazine Flowers
Original run April 26, 2007 – ongoing
Volumes 6 + 1 spin off
Live-action film
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Umimachi Diary (Japanese: 海街diary?, lit. "Seaside Town Diary") is a Japanese josei manga by Akimi Yoshida serialized in Monthly Flowers magazine.

A film adaptation titled directed by Hirokazu Koreeda and starring Haruka Ayase, was first announced in the June 2014 issue of Monthly Flowers.[1][2] Principal photography started in July, and the film is slated for 2015 summer.[2]


  • Sachi Kouda (香田 幸 Kouda Sachi?)

The eldest sister of the Kouda family. She works as a nurse in a hospital. Very serious and reliable. She is 29 years old.

Sachi is played by Haruka Ayase in the film.
  • Yoshino Kouda (香田 佳乃 Kouda Yoshino?)

Second sister of the Kouda family. She works as an office lady in a bank. She loves drinking alcohol and is pretty embarrassing when drunken. She often dates younger and handsome boys. Once, she dated Tomoaki Fujii, one of the protagonists of Lovers' Kiss (former series of Akimi Yoshida also set in Kamakura). She is 22 years old.

Yoshino is played by Masami Nagasawa in the film.
  • Chika Kouda (香田 千佳 Kouda Chika?)

The younger sister of Kouda family. She is 19 years old. She works in a sports articles shops.

Chika is played by Kaho in the film.
  • Suzu Asano (浅野 すず Asano Suzu?)

She shares the same father as the Kouda sisters. She is 13 and still in junior high school. She is very reliable and serious, and that got Sachi's attention. She lived in Sendai with her father and mother but after her mother's death, her father married Youko in Yamagata. She met her sisters at her father's funeral, and moved to Kamakura to live with them. She is very good at soccer.

Suzu is played by Suzu Hirose in the film.


No. Release date ISBN
1 April 26, 2007[3] ISBN 978-4-09-167025-0
2 October 10, 2008[4] ISBN 978-4-09-167037-3
3 February 10, 2010[5] ISBN 978-4-09-167040-3
4 August 10, 2011[6] ISBN 978-4-09-167048-9
5 December 10, 2012[7] ISBN 978-4-09-167053-3
6 July 10, 2014[8] ISBN 978-4-09-167053-3


It won the Excellence Prize for manga at the 2007 Japan Media Arts Festival Awards[9] and the 6th Manga Taishō.[10] It was also nominated for the 1st Manga Taisho, where it came in 3rd place,[11][12] for the 12th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize, where it came in 2nd place,[13] and for the 13th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize.[14]


  1. ^ "Umimachi Diary Drama Manga Gets Film". Anime News Network. May 26, 2014. Retrieved November 23, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Haruka Ayase Stars in Hirokazu Kore-eda's Umimachi Diary Film". Anime News Network. June 23, 2014. Retrieved November 23, 2014. 
  3. ^ "海街diary 1" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved August 2, 2010. 
  4. ^ "海街diary 2" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved August 2, 2010. 
  5. ^ "海街diary 3" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved August 2, 2010. 
  6. ^ "海街diary 4" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved December 22, 2012. 
  7. ^ "海街diary 5" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved December 22, 2012. 
  8. ^ "海街diary 6" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved November 23, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Coo, Gurren-Lagann, 'Kafka' Win Media Arts Awards". Anime News Network. December 4, 2007. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  10. ^ "Akimi Yoshida's Umimachi Diary Wins 6th Manga Taisho Award". Anime News Network. 2013-03-21. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 
  11. ^ "12 Titles Nominated for 1st Ever Manga Taisho Awards (Updated)". Anime News Network. January 23, 2008. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  12. ^ "Shinichi Ishizuka Wins First Ever Manga Taisho for Gaku". Anime News Network. March 31, 2008. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  13. ^ "12th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize Nominees Announced". Anime News Network. March 14, 2008. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  14. ^ "13th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize Nominees Announced". Anime News Network. March 5, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 

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