Akesato the courtesan has been instrumental in hiding the fact that Sei is a girl by pretending to be "his" lover. But Yamanami, another member of the Shinsengumi, has fallen madly in love with Akesato. As he struggles with the conflict between his comrade Sei and the love he feels for Akesato, he stumbles onto Sei's secret.
Taeko Watanabe debuted as a manga artist in 1979 with her story. Waka-chan no Netsuai Jidai (Love Struck Days of Waka) Kaze Hikaru is her longest-running series, but she has created a number of other popular series. Watanabe is a two-time winner of the prestigious Shogakukan Manga Award in the Girls' category-her manga Hajime-chan is Number One! claimed the award in 1991 and Kaze Hikaru took it in 2003. Watanabe read hundreds of historical sources to create Kaze Hikaru. She is from Tokyo.