Morning Glory Orphanage (あさがおAsagao), also known as Sunshine Orphanage in the English PlayStation 3 versions of Yakuza 3, Yakuza 4 and Yakuza 5 is located opposite a beach in Okinawa. The institution hosts eight local children plus Haruka Sawamura and is managed by Kazuma Kiryu, though the land belongs to Shigeru Nakahara.

History[edit | edit source]

Kiryu was himself raised in a similar institution called Sunflower Orphanage during the 1970s and 1980s, so when he was asked if he knew anyone to take on the job he volunteered himself.

Yakuza 3[edit | edit source]

The orphanage made its first appearance in Yakuza 3. During the course of the game, the orphanage became a contested place due to its location, which happened to be adjacent to a proposed resort and military base. Yoshitaka Mine destroyed the orphanage by ramming it with bulldozers, but it was soon rebuilt at the end of the game.

Yakuza 4[edit | edit source]

Kiryu still runs the orphanage as of 2010. Two escaped convicts, Taiga Saejima and Goh Hamazaki, washed up near the orphanage. Both men received a first-aid care at the orphanage before going their separate ways; Saejima heads for Tokyo while Hamazaki remained in Okinawa until his death.

Yakuza 5[edit | edit source]

In the fifth game, the orphanage received little screen time. It was first mentioned through a substory, where Kiryu, now going incognito in Fukuoka, decided to transfer some money to the kids over at the orphanage for Christmas. Later on the game, the orphanage was featured in a flashback scene where Mirei Park, a talent agency president whose on a trip to scout for talent, paid a visit to the orphanage and had a talk with Kiryu about Haruka, whom she considered a potential talent for the idol business.

Yakuza 6[edit | edit source]

The orphanage made another appearance in the sixth game. After passing out from the wounds he sustained during the ending of Yakuza 5, Kiryu visualizes Morning Glory's beachside, and he walks towards the orphanage, where a bright light emanates. It later appears while the kids and Haruka discuss their daily lives and, later that night, when Haruka departs the orphanage after saying a brief goodbye to Ayako. Kiryu returns to the orphanage about three years later, and after a brief stay, he leaves for Kamurocho. The orphanage makes its final appearance during the epilogue when Haruka returns to the orphanage, now with Yuta Usami and their son, Haruto.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The change from "Sunshine Orphanage" to "Morning Glory Orphanage" was due to a previous mistranslation by the Yakuza 3 localization team, and was corrected in Yakuza 6 onwards so as not to confuse the players about the connection between Club Sunshine and the orphanage.[1] It appears that the Yakuza 3 team had originally been concerned about the double entendre regarding the English usage of "morning glory"[2].

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Yakuza 3[edit | edit source]

Yakuza 5[edit | edit source]

Yakuza 6[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Twitter Posts by Yakuza series localization director Scott Strichart.
  2. https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/morning+glory
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