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17-year-old Aoi came to Yui Obstetrics and Gynecology clinic as a part-time nurse apprentice in Summer 1997. Right after her entry, she is shocked after witnessing an abortion surgery. However, she also met staff members like Yui, the head of the clinic who is careful about everything, Sayako, a reliable and experienced nurse, and Sakaki, the gentle head nurse, who face each pregnant patient and support them after surgeries. Fumika, Aoi's mother, is worried about her clumsy nature and poor communication skills, but Aoi's unique compassion and kindness draws patients' hearts. "I wonder what's life..." Aoi matures while looking at the newborn babies' overwhelming life and asking herself that question.

Series Cast

  1. Mieko Harada as Mie Sakaki

    Mieko Harada

    Mie Sakaki

    10 Episodes

  2. Kaya Kiyohara as Aoi

    Kaya Kiyohara


    10 Episodes

  3. Koji Seto as Tomohiro Yui

    Koji Seto

    Tomohiro Yui

    10 Episodes

  4. Wakana Sakai as Fumika Aota

    Wakana Sakai

    Fumika Aota

    10 Episodes

  5. Asami Mizukawa as Sayako Mochizuki

    Asami Mizukawa

    Sayako Mochizuki

    10 Episodes

  6. Maiko as Machiko Machida


    Machiko Machida

    10 Episodes

  7. Shono Hayama as Yosuke Machida

    Shono Hayama

    Yosuke Machida

    10 Episodes

  8. Serena Motola as Harumi Miura

    Serena Motola

    Harumi Miura

    1 Episode

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Season 1

2018 | 10 Episodes

Summer in 1997, Aoi (Kaya Kiyohara) is a 17-year-old girl. She begins to work at a maternity hospital as an apprentice nurse. She witnesses an abortion with her own eyes and becomes shocked. The hospital staff, including Director Tomohiro Yui (Koji Seto), nurse Sayako Mochizuki (Asami Mizukawa) and chief nurse Mie Sakaki (Mieko Harada), all support each other. Aoi’s mother Fumika (Wakana Sakai) is worried about Aoi’s poor communication skills, but Aoi approaches pregnant women with tenderness and her own unique sensitivity.

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An Invisible Cradle
An Invisible Cradle


Original Name 透明なゆりかご

Status Ended


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Type Scripted

Original Language Japanese


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