Hanae Ichinose (一の瀬花枝, Ichinose Hanae) is the resident of Room 1 of Ikkoku-Kan and a major character of Maison Ikkoku.


She's a short, middle-aged woman who is rarely seen sober. She lives with her son Kentarō Ichinose and her wage-slave husband seldom who is completely unknown to the other tenants until he gets temporarily laid off.[1] She enjoys joining in with the other tenants to stir up trouble for Yūsaku and Kyōko, but she occasionally acts with good intentions for the two, especially Kyōko, whom she sees as a "younger sister" (willfully ignoring the difference in their ages, as the other tenants point out). However, even when she is acting with the best of intentions, her way of doing things often leaves Yūsaku, Kyōko, or both in a worse situations than if she had not gotten involved. Mrs. Ichinose is also an incurable gossip who relishes her room's proximity to the communal telephone.


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  • Her name Hanae means "flower, blossom" (花) (hana) and "branch" (枝) (e), and her surname Ichinose means "one" (一) (ichi) and "swift current, rapids" (瀬) (se).
  • She is among the major characters whose name involves a number. Her family name Ichinose means "one ford", therefore she is representative of the number 1, which match the number of the room she lives in.


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  1. Chapter 65, Episode 28
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