From a young age, Hana Yasutake had been preparing to take over her mother’s role around the house. Then, aged five, she started doing it for real. And her day begins with a 6:00 a.m. wake-up call so that Hana can make soup; the reason why she gets up so early to do, so, though, is heartbreaking.
Back in 2015, Hana was just a 12-year-old girl living in Fukuoka, Japan. Fast-forward to the present day, however, and the story of her life has become well known; there’s even been a film made about her. And Hana’s tale is a poignant one of family, love and tragedy, starting from her birth in 2003.