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"That morning two years ago, these stairs felt like they represented our history. I wondered where we'd go once we reached the top."
—Sara to Sojiro[src]

Sara Hinata (日向 更 (ひなた さら) Hinata Sara) was the childhood friend of Sojiro Nishikado. She had a crush on Sojiro and planned to share her feelings, but he stood her up. The two lost contact. Sara attended a public high school, where she was a member of the Tea Ceremony Club. There she befriended Yuki Matsuoka, who helped her reunite with Sojiro


Early life[]


Sara as a child

"I told you that I sometimes pass by here, didn't I? I'll tell you what I'd be thinking about. I'd be remembering our childhood. Like, "we used to run along the top of this wall..." or, about the time we feel asleep in the storehouse."
—Sara talks to Sojiro about their childhood[src]

Sara first met Sojiro Nishikado when they were children. Her mother took lessons at the Nishikado's tea school. She and Sojiro became close friends and Sara affectionately called him "Jiro". They often played around Sojiro's house. One day, they hid in the storeroom and Sara fell asleep. Sojiro's parents were unable to find him and eventually called the police.[3] In another incident, the two of them climbed on the wall surrounding his house and fell down.[4] Sojiro protected Sara by taking most of the impact.[5]

High school[]

Sara enrolled at Metropolitan High School, a public high school where she was able to wear regular clothing every day. There she joined the Tea Ceremony Club and made a lot of friends.[6]

Saying goodbye[]


Sara says goodbye to Sojiro

"You've had many "one encounter, one chance" meetings. But for me, my "one encounter, one chance," was waiting for you that morning on the rooftop."
—Sara's letter to Sojiro[src]

During their first year of high school, Sara often Sojiro visited his house unannounced. On one occasion, she interrupted him with a girl, annoying Sojiro. Another day, Sara walked into Sojiro's room. Trying to cheer him up, Sara talked about stuff animals and pretended to be one. Laughing, Sojiro flicked her forehead. Sara nearly fell backward but he caught her in time. She then closed her eyes. Sojiro, however, quickly changed the subject. Sometime later, Sara went to a building's rooftop with two friends. The next morning, she left a voicemail for Sojiro, asking him to meet her there around five in the morning. Sojiro, however, did not show up. Sara waited for him at his house. She began crying and told him "Goodbye." Later, she wrote him a letter explaining how her "one encounter, one chance" was waiting for him at that building.[3] Sometime later, Sara had a short-lived relationship during her second year.[7]

Meeting Sojiro again[]


Sara says that she and Sojiro have changed

"I guess I'm the one who caused us to lose our balance. I regretted it. I thought I'd never see you again. Why did I call you out to that place? Why did I say good-bye? I wondered if you were spending your days in this house all alone. I was so worried."
—Sara to Sojiro[src]

After Yuki Matsuoka joined the Tea Ceremony Club, she called to inform Sara that she found an instructor for one day since their normal instructor was on maternity leave.[6] The instructor turned out to be Sojiro, much to Sara's shock. After he gave a demonstration to the club, Sara walked with Sojiro to the outside of his home. They chatted for a bit, before parting ways. Sara turned the corner and then slumped to the ground, appearing overwhelmed.[8] The next day, her friends Hiromi and Mako teased Sara about being in love with Sojiro though she insisted they were just childhood friends. It was slightly awkward when Sara found herself alone with Yuki. She guessed that Yuki liked Sojiro. Yuki replied "That's in the past" and that Sojiro had someone he liked. Changing the subject, Sara invited Yuki to come to her home.[7]

On the way home, Sara and Yuki ran into Sojiro's mother who invited them to her home. Sojiro arrived shortly with Tsukushi Makino and Rui Hanazawa. After introductions, Sojiro prepared tea for everyone. Several minutes later, Sara and Tsukushi went looking for Yuki. They found Sojiro confronting Yuki about coming to his home. Sara became upset, saying "If you don't want me to come here, you should just tell me."[4] Sara ran outside and Sojiro followed her. Now calmed down, the pair began reminiscing about their childhood. They went into the storeroom, where Sojiro apologized to Sara. She admitted that she regretted her attempt to confess her feelings to Sojiro and subsequently saying goodbye. Sojiro then said that they should go to the top of that building together and that he "ready to face" his feelings.[5]

The following night, Sara was looking at an old photo of Sojiro when her mother came to tell her to get some sleep.[9] Sara later met up with Sojiro at the building. As they climbed up the stairs, Sojiro revealed that her presence "saved [him] back then." She then asked "Did you know that I loved you all that time?" He replied that she "easy to read." Sara started to say something else, but stopped herself.[10] On the roof, they discovered that the buildings, which once spelled "Sukiya Jiro" ("I love Jiro"), were undergoing construction. Sara laughed and then said "I guess time has clearly passed us by." Sojiro replied "That morning two years ago was our "one encounter, one chance."" He still admitted that he loved her back then, and Sara smiled and cried as she said "Me too."[11]

Physical appearance[]

Sara was a cute, young girl. She had short hair which was an extremely light brown, appearing almost blonde. Sara used hair clips or pins to keep her short bangs out of her face. Her wardrobe consisted of mostly comfortable clothing which was also cute and girly. Sara particularly liked skirts.

Personality and traits[]

Sara was loud, carefree, and a little bit of a tomboy. As a child, Sara enjoyed playing outdoors and eating snacks. Her love of snacks continued well into her teenage years and she was always looking out for new kinds. Sara had a presence that seemed to "brighten up [a] room." Her personality was what attracted Sojiro to her since his family was the opposite of her. Sara often smiled to hide how she was feeling. However, it became too unbearable when Sojiro basically rejected her. After saying goodbye to Sojiro, she still thought of him. At school, she joined the Tea Ceremony Club where she used the skills he taught her.

Financial strength
Queen attitude


Sara (更; さら) is Japanese female name which can be written with a variety of kanji.[13] The kanji she uses can mean "again," "further," "renew," etc.[14] Sara's surname Hinata (日向; ひなた) contains two kanji. It is a common given name as well as a surname.[15] Together the kanji can mean "sunny place" or "in the sun."[16] Separately, the kanji mean "day" or "sun" (日)[17] and "yonder" or "beyond" (向).[18]

Behind the scenes[]

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Character notes

  • Sara is alluded to several times before her first appearance in "Story of an Encounter."
  • In the color edition of Boys Over Flowers, Sara's hair appears to be almost blonde. However, since the series tends towards more natural hair colors, it can be assumed that her hair is a very light shade of brown.


See also: Category:Sara Hinata portrayals



See also[]

Boys Over Flowers characters
Main characters

Tsukasa Domyoji | Rui Hanazawa | Tsukushi Makino | Akira Mimasaka | Sojiro Nishikado

Supporting characters

Seinosuke Amakusa | Kazuya Aoike | Yuriko Asai | Erika Ayuhara | Kaede Domyoji | Tsubaki Domyoji
Ryusuke Hayama | Sara Hinata | Amon Kunisawa | Ayano Kurimaki | Chieko Makino | Haruo Makino
Susumu Makino | Yuki Matsuoka | Umi Nakajima | Nakatsuka | Kiyonaga Narumiya | Nishida
Shigeru Okawahara | Junpei Oribe | Shingo Oribe | Sakurako Sanjo | Tama | Thomas | Shizuka Todo
Minako Yamano | Matsutaro Yoshimatsu

Minor characters

Aki and Chimura | Akira's girlfriend | Akira's father | Akira's mother | Beautician | Bob | Cindy | Makiko Endo
Junko Ekuni | Fortuneteller | Gen | Giuseppe | Jody Grand | Mike Hall | Harumi and Mako | Hatta | Hirayama
Hiroko | Hiromi | Hiromi | Hiroshi | Mayumi Isoda | Iwatsuki | Junpei's friend | Junpei's mother | K University students
Kaede's sister | Kimoto | Kirishima | Kobayashi | Koga | Kazuko Kubo | M | Maekawa | Sonoko Maekawa | Rio Makise
Mako | Makoto | Makoto | Jean P. Mayol | Mayuko | Midori | Miho | Mika | Emu and Memu Mimasaka | Mina
Mikihisa Minami | Misawa | Miya | Eri Miyazawa | Piromichi Nakano | New York enterpriser | Shoichiro Nishikado
Noriko | Hideki Oe | Akira Onagisa | Ozawa | Principal | Proprietress | Rie | Rika | Risako | Rui's father | Rui's mother
Saito | Sakurako's grandmother | Seinosuke's father | Shigeru's father | Shigeru's mother | Shingo's girlfriend
Shiori | Shizuka's parents | Arthur Smith | Sojiro's brother | Sojiro's father | Sojiro's mother | Sugiyama
Tama's husband | Kimiko Tamura | Teacher | Toda | Tome | Tsubaki's ex-boyfriend | Tsubaki's husband
Tsukasa's attacker | Tsukasa's father | Tsukasa's grandfather | Ueno | Umi's friend | Viola | Yatchan
Yoshida | Eisuke Yoshida | Yuki's father | Yuki's mother | Yuki's sister