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"Beautiful Snow" (美雪 Miyuki?) is the Christmas episode of the Japanese anime series Ai Yori Aoshi, based on the original manga series.


Set in a time just before the series began, male lead Kaoru Hanabishi, having left his abusive family behind, endures a lonely Christmas in his apartment. A woman appears, claiming to be Santa Claus and looking almost exactly like Aoi Sakuraba, his childhood betrothed who at this point he has yet to reunite with. "Santa" comforts Kaoru and gives him a message of hope and patience, which viewers know will pay off when he and Aoi reuinite soon after. The next year, Kaoru recalls these events only vaguely, but still feels the joy her visit gave him when he needed it most.


The episode was made available on DVD as part of the series' second season, titled Ai Yori Aoshi ~ Enishi.


  • Miyuki, besides being a term used to describe a cold time of year, is also the family name of one of the supporting characters, Mayu.
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