Kaede Domyoji (
Kaede won the first Teen of Japan contest. Afterwards, she met and married her husband. Kaede eventually became executive director of her husband's company, Domyoji Group. She later gave birth to two children, Tsubaki and Tsukasa.
Tsubaki fell in love with someone Kaede did not approve of. Kaede used her influence to split the couple up. She arranged for Tsubaki to marry a man deemed appropriate. Tsubaki then moved to America.
Tsukasa in high school
By the time Tsukasa was in high school, Kaede had a strained relationship with her son. She was often away on business and did not see her son for months at a time.
- "I apologize for my directness. There's 300 million yen here. In exchange, I would like Tsukushi to stop seeing Tsukasa. I'm sorry for being rude, but it seems that your family is in financial trouble. As you know, Tsukasa has a future ahead of him. Now isn't the time for him to be tripping over little pebbles."
- —Kaede attempts to bribe Tsukushi's family[src]
Kaede first met Tsukushi Makino in passing, when Tsukasa brought her to his home. Tsukushi attempted to get her attention, before Kaede's secretary Nishida had her escorted off the premises. Nishida later reported to Kaede that Tsukasa was playing with puzzles again. Thinking something may be amiss, she ordered Nishida to investigate his behavior. Her secretary acquired photos of Tsukushi in bed with a guy. Kaede showed the photos to Tsukasa and told him to not get involved with "such a corrupt girl." In New York, Nishida told her that Tsukasa was hospitalized and that he was with Tsukushi.
She returned to Japan to confront Tsukasa about Tsukushi. Kaede told him that she had problem with him dating her if "it [was] just a fling." Her daughter later visited to ask her to accept Tsukasa's and Tsukushi's relationship. Kaede steadfastly refused, despite Tsubaki's pleadings. A day later, Kaede went to Tsukushi's home. In an attempt to bribe the family, she offered them money in exchange for her to stop seeing Tsukasa. Tsukushi's mother felt insulted by the proposition and poured salt on her. Kaede asked her one more time if she was sure, before leaving in a huff. Following this attempt, Kaede enlisted Sakurako Sanjo to seduce her son away from Tsukushi.
Kaede had Tsukushi's father fired from his job, which put the family in dire straits financially. Tsukushi confronted her, declaring that she would "never succumb to [Kaede's] will." Later, Tsubaki made a wager with her mother, telling her to leave Tsukushi alone if she won the Teen of Japan contest. Kaede invited Ayano Kurimaki, Tsukasa's arranged fiancée, to compete. On the day of the TOJ, she made a bet with her son. If Tsukushi lost, Kaede promised to fix her financial situation and Tsukasa agreed to go to New York to study business. After Tsukushi lost, Kaede and Tsukasa were leaving via a private plane, when she showed up on the tarmac. Kaede asked Nishida to retrieve her sunglasses, thus allowing Tsukasa to briefly talk to Tsukushi.
Kaede was a well-dressed and elegant woman. She wore clothes that suited a woman of her financial status. She would usually put her brown hair in a bun style, though she occasionally wore it down.
Personality and traits
Tsubaki described her as a "cold-hearted and cruel woman," who "will go to any lengths to have things done her way." She had bad relations with both her children since she generally placed Domyoji Group above their feelings and well-being. As such, she always acted in the best interest of the company.
Behind the scenes
- See also: Category:Kaede Domyoji portrayals
- Mariko Kaga portrays Kaede in the Japanese dramas, Hana Yori Dango and Hana Yori Dango Returns, and the film Hana Yori Dango Final.
|Hana Yori Dango|
|(First appearance)||(No lines)|
|Hana Yori Dango Returns|