Genzou the owner of the apartment building where the sisters live is an older man who rarely smiles and appears gruff and forbidding. He is however very much concerned with the sisters039 welfare and was the only one willing to take them in when their father abandoned them. In his own way he tries to look out for the Yamada sisters. They apparently remind him of his wife and granddaughter who were killed in an accident involving a truck. For all that he cares about the sisters he still will collect the full rent every month.