|Setsuko Hara||Noriko Mamiya|
|Chishu Ryu||Koichi Mamiya|
|Kuniko Miyake||Fumiko Mamiya|
|Chikage Awashima||Aya Tamura|
|Chieko Higashiyama||Shige Mamiya|
|Hiroshi Nihon'yanagi||Kenkichi Yabe|
Noriko lives in postwar Tokyo with her extended family. Although she enjoys her career and her friends, her more traditionally minded family worries about the fact that she's still single at the advanced age of 28. When 40-year-old business associate Takako proposes marriage, Noriko's family press her into accepting. But when her widowed childhood friend Kenkichi returns to the neighborhood, she finds her heart leading in another direction.