Reach Beyond the Blue Sky

Synopsis
The tumultuous life of the "Father of Japanese capitalism," at a time when the country sheds its feudal samurai system to ring in the age of modernization.

Though born into the farmer class, Eiichi Shibusawa grows up into a talkative, obstinate, bright youth with an interest in commerce. But the young Eiichi is frustrated by the hardened feudal system that denies him a way to pursue his ambitions -- and begins to lean towards anti-shogunate (Tokugawa) sympathies. But fate hands Eiichi a very different card. He serves Yoshinobu, a Tokugawa. And when Yoshinobu becomes shogun, Eiichi finds himself on the side of the shogunate. This position yields him the chance to be on the delegation sent to the International Exposition of 1867 in Paris, opening his eyes to a world where the private sector thrives, with its banks and joint stock companies. Upon his return, Eiichi finds a Japan after the shogunate has been toppled, and its shogun abdicated. While he vows to serve Yoshinobu till the end, he is also called by the new Meiji government to build its tax, railway, and monetary systems. And at 33, Eiichi resigns from his government post to start his private sector revolution...!
Yoshizawa Ryo
Kora Kengo
Hashimoto Ai

Kusanagi Tsuyoshi
Wakui Emi
Takenaka Naoto
Tsutsumi Shinichi
Kobayashi Kaoru