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My dream was to become a star. But there's something I want even more than that. I want to live a happy life with the people I hold closest. Standing on this stage, I've finally realized how important that is. That's why I can't continue singing. To me, Kazuma Kiryu is... family.
— Haruka during her idol debut in Yakuza 5 Remastered

Haruka Sawamura (澤村 遥, Sawamura Haruka) is a main character in the Yakuza series. She is the adoptive daughter of Kazuma Kiryu, whom she first meets and becomes close to during the events of Yakuza/Yakuza Kiwami when Kiryu helps her to locate her missing mother when she is 9. She would continue to feature subsequently in Yakuza 2/Yakuza Kiwami 2, Yakuza 3 and Yakuza 4. In Yakuza 5, she is now an idol, and appears as one of the five playable protagonists. She is a central character in Yakuza 6, wherein it is revealed that she has a young son named Haruto Sawamura.

For most of the series during and after Yakuza 3, Haruka resides in Okinawa at the Morning Glory Orphanage along with eight other children Kiryu has taken in. As the oldest one living there besides Kiryu, she acts as the older sibling to the rest of the kids.

Profile[edit | edit source]

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Haruka's appearance changes significantly throughout the series as she ages where she is first seen as a young pre-teen girl with straight shoulder-length black hair that is held back by red barrettes on the left side with bangs swept to the right side and dark brown eyes. In subsequent games, she grows her hair out long that it is seen tied it back into a ponytail in Yakuza 5 and Yakuza 6

Attire[edit | edit source]

Haruka's outfit of choice most often consists of a red skirt and white hooded sweatshirt or vest with black boots. With each iteration, her colour scheme mostly stays consistent with Kazuma Kiryu's, wearing red and white. In Yakuza/Kiwami she wears a plain white hoodie and red pleated skirt. In Yakuza 2/Kiwami 2, she wears a striped red and white shirt beneath a white vest and a pair of tan suede boots.

By Yakuza 3, Yakuza 4 and Yakuza: Dead Souls, she has settled into her new life in Okinawa and she is mostly seen in either her school uniform, or a layered white and red shirt, with jean shorts and sandals.

In Yakuza 5 and Yakuza 6, Haruka wears a white hoodie, half-zipped over a red shirt. She wears a pair of laced brown leather boots and a short jean skirt. In Yakuza 5, she wears black tights under her skirt, while in the majority of Yakuza 6 her legs are bare.

Haruka also has a variety of Idol costumes that she wears during her performances for both the Princess League and her debut concert, with two different casual event outfits and four different on-stage costumes plus climax heat variants.

Personality[edit | edit source]

Even as a young child, Haruka is a calm and level-headed girl who is often acting as a grounding force for her foster father, Kazuma Kiryu. Despite her age, Kiryu commonly leans on her for support with the other children at the orphanage. She is incredibly self-reliant and mature, seeking out work in order to help support her adoptive family, running errands on her own, cooking meals, and picking up the slack where Kiryu falls short. Her maturity extends to aspects of the nightlife, such as teasing Kiryu and Makoto Date by pretending to not know what a "soapland" is.

She can be shy and doesn't always get on well with children her own age due to her maturity. Her closest relationships tend to be with older paternal figures such as Kiryu and Shun Akiyama, though she latches onto maternal figures such as Mirei Park and Kaoru Sayama just as easily. She further expresses her inability to easily make friends her own age when she moves to Sotenbori in Yakuza 5, though it is also in part due to her growing fame.

Haruka is normally quite selfless - one of many ways she takes after Kiryu - though she does display her more selfish, bratty side several times, often relative to whenever Kiryu is faced with leaving her behind.

She is observant, and quick to pick up on subtleties, and usually able to tell if people are lying, which could be a result of the trauma she has experienced throughout her life. In spite of this, her optimistic outlook on life is a huge draw for others and gains the admiration of many during her brief stint as an idol.

Background[edit | edit source]

Haruka was born to Yumi Sawamura and Kyohei Jingu in 1996. She survived an early attempt on her and Yumi's lives, and grew up away from her parents in the safety of Sunflower Orphanage.

Involvement[edit | edit source]

Yakuza/Yakuza Kiwami: 1995-2005[edit | edit source]

Haruka is a young girl searching for her mother, Mizuki, whom evidence seems to indicate is Yumi's younger sister. Haruka is also somehow connected to the money that went missing before Kiryu's release. A combination of these reasons and pure chance leave Haruka in Kiryu's tentative custody. Before arriving in Kamurocho, she too lived at the Sunflower Orphanage. Kiryu and Haruka get along well and both search for Mizuki and Yumi. She and Kiryu discovered that Yumi is actually Haruka's mother, and that Kyohei Jingu, a politician who wanted the 10 billion yen, was her biological father. At Ares, she found her mother. It was a happy reunion until Jingu's arrival. Jingu was planning to use the 10 billion yen to reach to the top of the nation. Kiryu defeats Jingu and Nishikiyama arrives, though Kiryu eventually defeats him as well. Jingu suddenly recovered and got up, aiming his gun at Kiryu intending to shoot him - he is interrupted by Yumi, who jumps in front of him and gets shot instead. Nishikiyama then stabs Jingu, killing him while Yumi herself dies as well. The bomb in the money safe goes off, with Nishikyama inside. With the revelation that Haruka is the only person left he has to live for, Kiryu decides to take her in as his own daughter.

Yakuza 2/Yakuza Kiwami 2: 2006[edit | edit source]

A year passes and Kiryu and Haruka have been living peacefully in Kamurocho. While Kiryu is out on Tojo Clan business, Haruka stays at Sunflower Orphanage, and eventually gets a chance to explore Sotenbori with Kiryu. However, she soon gets kidnapped by Toranosuke Sengoku, Patriarch of Omi Alliance's Sengoku Family. Kiryu goes up Osaka Castle to save her, but Ryuji Goda unexpectedly comes in to kill Sengoku, acknowledging that the latter had played too dirty by involving Haruka.

Haruka is present in the climax along with Makoto Date, who tries to get him off Kamurocho Hills with a helicopter. When everyone realizes that the bomb on the Hills was already deactivated, Haruka pays her respects to Yukio Terada's grave for sacrificing himself to save Kiryu.

Yakuza 3: 2007-2009[edit | edit source]

A month after Terada's death, Kiryu and Haruka move to Morning Glory Orphanage in Okinawa and she takes on much of the responsibilities as the role of an older sister to the other orphans. Over time, they befriend the Ryudo Family and Haruka at one point even tries to assist the orphanage using money earned from an illegal counterfeit operation, until Rikiya Shimabukuro and Mikio Aragaki clarify that it was their family which was low on money, not the orphanage. Other than that, life on Okinawa was peaceful until March 2009 when Shigeru Nakahara, Patriarch of the Ryudo Family, and Daigo Dojima, the Sixth Chairman of the Tojo Clan, get shot. In order to figure out who the perpetrator was, Kiryu leaves the orphanage for a while, during which the orphanage was attacked by Yoshitaka Mine and the Tamashiro Family of the Tojo Clan. Haruka's presence prevents any harm from coming to the other orphans, though Mikio becomes severely injured. After surviving the demolition of the orphanage, Haruka decides to join Kiryu and returned to Kamurocho.

After Kiryu defeats Mine, he and Haruka walk past Theatre Square when they are suddenly met with a weathered Goh Hamazaki. While Kiryu attempts to talk sense into Hamazaki, the latter suddenly stabs him in the gut and becomes immediately restrained by Yuya and Kazuki. Kiryu is treated for his injury, but Haruka is left traumatized by his near-death experience.

Yakuza 4: 2010[edit | edit source]

A year later and now attending junior high school, Haruka continues to be one of the main caretakers for the children at Morning Glory. One morning, she discovers Taiga Saejima, an escaped convict purportedly responsible for the Ueno Seiwa Clan massacre that resulted in 18 men killed, washed up on the beach near the orphanage after his escape, and tends to his injuries along with Kiryu.

When she hears the name "Hamazaki" mentioned after Saejima and Kiryu fight, her trauma from the stabbing last year resurfaces and she begs Kiryu not to help him. However, Kiryu convinces her that a lot can change in a year and he would help anyone, including Hamazaki, as long as they were good people.

After Hamazaki washes up on the Morning Glory Beach, she eavesdrops on Kiryu and Hamazaki about the 10 billion yen that her father Jingu stole 5 years ago. When Hamazaki approaches the children, she tells him to stay away, showing hostility. Later, when Hamazaki was shot in the back, he asks Haruka to tell Kiryu and Saejima to "protect the Tojo Clan from the police", and regrets having been so distrusting of him.

She is seen with Kiryu at the end of the game, accompanying Saejima for the inauguration ceremony of the Saejima Family.

Yakuza 5: 2010-2012[edit | edit source]

About a year after Saejima's ceremony, Haruka overhears the conversation between Kiryu and Mirei Park, who is trying to recruit her into her idol company Dyna Chair. Kiryu is persuaded to let Haruka join, on the condition that he leaves the orphanage and they both keep Haruka's past and any involvement with him hidden from public knowledge. Kiryu and Haruka part ways sometime in 2012, with Kiryu heading to Nagasugai and Haruka heading to Sotenbori to live out her dream to become an idol.

By December 2012, Haruka becomes one of the finalists of the Princess League competition after a mere six months of being an idol, along with T-Set, an idol duo. She wins the first round after days of training and practicing, and continues to attend various events to increase her popularity. As the second round nears, she finds her new dance coach Christina and she strengthens her bond with Park, going out shopping, playing arcade games, and being entrusted with her pen and a letter from her ex-husband, who turns out to be Goro Majima.

Shortly before the second round begins, Park is found dead due to an apparent suicide. With help from Shun Akiyama, Haruka uncovers the foul play behind her death, learning that her former dance coach Kan Ogita did indeed kill her and her suicide note was forged.

Haruka continues to participate in the Princess League competition, eventually winning and earning the opportunity to perform at the Tokyo Dome. However, she gets a call from Naoki Katsuya asking for the letter Park gave her. She is willing to give up the letter, but suddenly encounters Kamon Kanai, who went against Katsuya's orders to stay behind. Akiyama saves Haruka and the pair return to Kamurocho.

After a rescheduling and planning to perform along with T-Set as the idol group Dream Line, she continues her training regimen. The day before the concert, Shigeki Baba interrupts a session and asks to see Haruka, and relays a message from Kiryu to her. When asked why Haruka had no qualms about listening to a stranger like him, she simply replies that he looked like someone Kiryu would trust.

On the day of the concert, Haruka performs mostly uninhibited, not knowing that Tsubasa Kurosawa had hired Baba to assassinate her after Majima refused to do so on principle. During an intermission, she finds the conflict between the Tojo Clan and Omi Alliance unravelling, and spots Kiryu in a news broadcast. This changes her mind about continuing to be an idol. After debuting Dream Line's first song, she announces her retirement and reveals her past with Kiryu, unable to leave her family behind as she rises to success. Haruka leaves the Dome soon after and eventually finds Kiryu on a snowy road, nearly unconscious and severely battered from his fight with Masato Aizawa. They reunite for the first time in nearly two years, but Kiryu's wounds have already been opened for too long and he passes out.

Yakuza 6: 2012-2016[edit | edit source]

Immediately after Haruka finds Kiryu, she takes him to the Touto University Hospital, and waits in his room as they are visited by Akiyama. He warns her that retiring while revealing her past with Kiryu has strong implications for her future, and that the result would not be what she expected. Haruka returns to Morning Glory Orphanage, but without Kiryu as he was sentenced to four years in prison.

One year later, Haruka pays a visit to Kiryu, and reveals her discontent with having to be apart from him for so long. She promises to keep her head up no matter what. However, back at the orphanage, she becomes overwhelmed by the backlash received from social media. That night, she leaves the orphanage and deactivates her phone plan to prevent anyone from tracking her down.

Three years later, Kiryu returns to the orphanage, but realizes that Haruka is missing. Convinced he will find answers in Kamurocho, he eventually hears about how Haruka was apparently in the city before being subsequently run over by Shu Tatsukawa, resulting in severe injuries that require surgical treatment and becoming comatose. She was also holding a baby, who turned out to be her son, Haruto Sawamura, and Kiryu takes him in his care while Haruka recovers, trying to find more details about how she ended up in Kamurocho after being gone for so long. With a lead coming from a photo Haruka supposedly took in Onomichi, Hiroshima, he starts his search there with Haruto in tow.

It is later revealed that Haruka took a boat to Onomichi, having nowhere else to go, but the city folk were kind enough to keep her past a secret from outsiders and Kiyomi Kasahara offered her work at Snack Kiyomi. At some point, she met Yuta Usami, a member of the Hirose Family, whom she ended up having a one-night stand with that resulted in Haruto's birth. With help from Yuta's patriarch, Toru Hirose, she managed to hide from the Saio Triad and the Yomei Alliance for a time until Big Lo found her and relocated her to Kamurocho in an effort to sell off Haruto, which eventually resulted in the hit-and-run.

Sometime during her treatment, she was moved from Touto University Hospital to a police-owned hospital in order to ensure her safety. She eventually wakes up from her coma with Yuta and Haruto present, and Kiryu visits her not long after in a teary reunion. Haruka apologizes to Kiryu for running away and also affirms that Yuta is a good man, to which Kiryu says he knows, despite having to "convince" him several times to be a better father. When Kiryu needs to borrow Yuta for something, Haruka requests that he come back in one piece.

After Kiryu and Yuta leave, Haruka and Haruto get abducted by the police, who were paid off by the Yomei Alliance to capture them. They are saved by Kiryu and the Hirose Family, but Kiryu sustains grievous injuries trying to do so and passes out in Yuta's arms. With her adoptive father thought to be dead by everyone present, Haruka decides to move back to Morning Glory Orphanage along with Yuta to raise Haruto in peace.

Other Media[edit | edit source]

Yakuza: Dead Souls[edit | edit source]

One year after Yakuza 4, a letter arrived from Morning Glory with an invitation to a retirement party. Kiryu sent Haruka to go in his stead because he couldn't leave the other children alone, however the letter was a trap to lure Kiryu to Kamurocho and Haruka was kidnapped by Tetsu Nikaido. Phoning Kiryu to prove he had kidnapped Haruka, Tetsu lured Kiryu into the zombie outbreak trying to get revenge for what the Tojo did to the Omi Alliance.

At the end of the game Kiryu and Ryuji Goda arrived and rescued Haruka and during the ending they go to get Takoyaki from Ryuji's store.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Haruka is the first playable female character in the series.
  • Haruka and the other kids from Morning Glory Orphanage affectionately call Kiryu "Uncle Kaz" (おじさん, ojisan; lit. "Uncle").
  • Haruka is mentioned in Project X Zone 2 when Kiryu and Majima talk with Alisa from the God Eater series about her clothes.
  • Haruka's birthday is never specified, but there is a minor inconsistency in her age. Kiryu states she is 19 in Yakuza 6, which takes place in December 2016, despite having already turned 16 in Yakuza 5, which was almost exactly 4 years prior, and turned 9 by the events of the original Yakuza, which take place after December 5, 2005.
  • Haruka's model in each game is always an adult model shrunken appropriately to her age. When modified to an adult size, she shares her proportions with Kiryu.

See also[edit | edit source]

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