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The Makino family consists of children Tsukushi and Susumu, and their parents Haruo and Chieko. They have lived in a variety of different places, moving frequently throughout Tsukushi's second year in high school due to various money issues.


Company housing[]

Tsukushi Makino and her family lived in company housing, which was provided by her father's work, prior to and during her second year of high school. It was located in Tokyo in a large apartment complex, where a lot of families lived. The apartment had two rooms and could fit exactly four tatami mats.[1] When Tsukasa Domyoji visited, he described it as "about the size of [his] bathroom."[2]

Tsukushi's father later lost his job, when the company was restructured. The family was forced to move out of the complex within a day. They moved into another apartment the same day.[3]


  • Chieko Makino (former)
  • Susumu Makino (former)
  • Tsukushi Makino (former)
  • Yasukichi Makino (former)

  • Chieko Makino (former)
  • Haruo Makino (former)
  • Susumu Makino (former)
  • Tsukushi Makino (former)

  • Shabby apartment[]

    After being forced to move from company housing, the Makino family moved into a shabby apartment (オンボロアパート () ).[4][1] At 50,000 yen a month, it was cheapest Chieko Makino could find. It was a one bedroom apartment with a bath. Susumu Makino was disappointed about its size, since it was even smaller than company housing. Tsukushi's family encouraged her to marry rich in order to "save" them.[3]

    The family lived there a while before they decided to move to a fishing village. Tsukushi was left behind in order for her to continue attending Eitoku Academy.[5] After her family left, Tsukushi repainted the apartment with her friends.[6] She did live alone for very long due to the floor collapsing some days later.[7] Tsukushi subsequently moved into Tsukasa's home.[8]


    Fishing village[]

    At the urging of an acquaintance, Chieko decided to move the family to a fishing village where a live-in job was waiting for them.[5] They moved into a home owned by Tome. A small was was allocated for Chieko, Haruo, and Susumu. Tome was initially happy to have them there. However, Haruo was unable to fish due to his constant seasickness. Soon Tome and a majority of the other villagers began treating the family like "freeloaders."[10]

    Sometime later, Tsukushi joined her family in the village. Tome presented them with a 300,000 yen bill soon after for rent and meals.[9] The bill was paid in full by Tsukasa several days later. The Makino then returned back to Tokyo.[11]


    Shigeru's condo[]

    Shigeru Okawahara's father and mother bought a building of condominiums under her name for tax purposes. Before Tsukushi and her family returned to Tokyo, Shigeru and her other friends talked to decide whose place Tsukushi would feel the most comfortable borrowing. Tsukushi initially refused Shigeru's offer, but accepted after realizing her family had no where to go. Shigeru also only charged the family 10,000 yen.[12]

    After settling in the condo, Chieko and Haruo were still uncomfortable with its large size and ended up setting up a table in the middle of the kitchen.[13] Haruo later obtained a job as live-in help at a supermarket. The family moved out of Shigeru's condo, but had to start living separately.[14]


    Dirt cheap apartment[]

    Tsukushi and Susumu moved into a dirt cheap apartment (激安アパート () )[1] picked out by their parents. Rent was 25,000 yen for the apartment, which was considered a bit "run-down."[14] It also did not have a bath, necessitating a trip to the local bath house. Tsukasa moved into the unit next door.[15] However, he found it cramped and uncomfortable, making it impossible to fall asleep.[16]

    When their parents were fired from the supermarket, it was decided to find a new place for the entire family since Tsukushi's and Susumu's apartment was too small.[17] The family packed and moved on the day of Eitoku's prom. They first packed up the supermarket and then Tsukushi's and Susumu's place.[18]



    When Haruo obtained a job at a supermarket, he and Chieko moved into the floor above. Since it was only 4 and a half tatami mats large, Haruo and Chieko stayed there by themselves and found their children a separate apartment to live in.[14] Chieko also worked at the supermarket with her husband. Their tasks included taking the inventory of all the local chain stores.[19]

    One night, Chieko and Haruo came across Tsukushi and Tsukasa. They invited them over to sleep. Tsukushi attempted to decline, but Tsukasa quickly accepted. The room was so cramped that they had a hard time sleeping.[20] Later, when Tsukushi's and Susumu's apartment was surrounded by reporters, the siblings went over to their parents place to stay.[21]

    After being fired, Chieko and Haruo were forced to leave their room above the supermarket. It was decided for the whole family to move into an apartment together.[17] They rented a truck and packed up the place.[18]


    Cheap apartment[]

    The Makino family currently lives in a cheap apartment (安アパート () ).[1] Chieko and Haruo picked out the place after being fired from their supermarket jobs. They initially thought that they would not be able to pay the rent and afford Tsukushi's tuition.[17] The family rented a pick-up truck and packed up both apartments on the day of Eitoku's prom. On the way to the new apartment, the truck became stuck in the gutter. Together the family was able to push the truck out.[18] At their new place, Susumu told his parents that he would get a part-time job so that Tsukushi could continue attending Eitoku.[22]

    Rui Hanazawa often visited Tsukushi here and became better acquainted with her family.[23]


    Behind the scenes[]



    • In the 1995 film, Tsukushi lives in a one-room apartment by herself. The interior is shown several times in the film, particularly in the first scene.

    Makinos' 2nd home in the anime

    • Only the Makino family's first and second homes appear in the 1996 anime. Like in the manga, they live in company housing courtesy of Tsukushi's father's job. In episode twenty-seven, they have to move after he loses his job. The second apartment is much more shabbier compared to their first, which Chieko laments. They only live there as a family for a few months, before moving to the country in episode forty-five. Tsukushi remains behind in the same apartment to wait for her family's return in the future.

    Dong family's home in Meteor Garden

    • In Meteor Garden (2001), Shan Cai (Tsukushi) and her parents live in a relatively normal-sized home. After her father is laid-off, they can no longer afford the rent and move to a small apartment in episode seven. In episode eleven, her parents move to a fishing village. Shan Cai is kicked out of the apartment by the landlord in the next episode, resulting in her moving into Si's house. She later joins her parents in the fishing village briefly. When she returns to Taipei in episode fifteen, Lei (Rui) procures a modestly sized place for Shan Cai. Si later rents the unit next door.

    Makinos' apartment in Hana Yori Dango


    Makinos' home in the musical

    • The Makinos' home is represented by a small set in Hana Yori Dango: The Musical (2016). It only shows their living room with a door to the kitchen and another that leads outside. Haruo and Chieko are almost exclusively shown on this set. The couple are also seen hanging lounge on what appears to be the roof of their apartment.
    • In the Takarazuka musical Hana Yori Dango (2019), a screen is first used to represent the Makinos' home. A small set is used in act two for several scenes. Its appearance is a bit run-down, making it similar to the family's second apartment.

    Gorya's home in F4 Thailand



    See also[]

    Seoul locations

    Shinhwa School


    Geum family's residences | Gu Mansion


    Jan-di Dry Cleaners

    Shanghai locations

    Ming De University


    Dao Ming Mansion | Dong family's home


    Talent's Tea Shop