Japanese Romance Drama: Asunaro Hakusho ( “Asunaro White Paper”) (Fuji TV, 1993)

By Margaret W. Lavigne 


 The script of the Japanese drama Asunaro Hakusho ( “Asunaro White Paper”) is based on a manga series created by Fumi Saimon. The manga series won the Shogakukan Manga Award in 1992.



Much like the TV series “Friends,” the story line revolves around the five young university students’s entangled love relationships and friendship.  Tamotsu and Osamu (Kimura) both fall in love with Narumi. Narumi is in love with  Tamotsu but Tamotsu is having another relationship long before he meets her. Tamotsu loves Narumi more than his girlfriend but he tries hard to be faithful. Aside from this, it’s no way for Tamotsu to end his first relationship out of responsibility and gratitude for what she had done for him. That’s why everyone suffers. An  unexpected accident lead to the death of Junichiro. After years of separation, they encounter each other again. Will they be honest to their affection? Will life gets better this time? Is she still in love with Tamotsu? 

Hikari Ishida as Narumi Sonoda
Michitaka Tsutsui as Tamotsu Kakei
Takuya Kimura as Osamu Toride
Anju Suzuki as Seika Higashiyama
Hidetoshi Nishijima as Junichiro Matsuoka
Ayako Sugiyama as Kyoko Machida
Yumi Morio as Harumi Sonoda
Mariko Kaga as Mitsuko Kakei
Koichi Iwaki as Sosuke Akiba

The series was adapted as a television drama and aired in Japan from in 1993 on Fuji TV. The overall viewer rating reaches 31.9%, making it one of the most popular television dramas in the 1990s. The line in the drama ” “Am I not good enough for you?” has become a famous saying among teenagers and adults.



Asunaro Hakusho MV – Fumiya


Other Top-Rated Japanese Dramas 
Long Vacation (1996) ….36.7%
HERO (2001) 6th Episode – 36.8% 
Ie Naki Ko (1994) Final Episode – 37.2% 
Good Luck!! (2003) Final Episode – 37.6% 
Under One Roof (1993) 11th Episode – 37.8%
Kaseifu no Mita (2011) Final Episode – 40.0% 
Beautiful Life (2000) Final Episode – 41.3% 
Hanzawa Naoki (2013) Final Episode – 42.4%


Q: What would you do if you and your friend fall for the same woman/man?

If you both like the same person, it’s important to acknowledge your feelings and have a open discussion with your friend. It might be awkward at first. It might be difficult to initiate the conversation. But, it’s definitely worth discussing about how to move forward. Take time to reflect on your priorities. 


It’s never easy to meet the girl of your dreams. You admire her character and you are obsessed with her smiles. You can’t wait to have another conversation with her again. And you found your best friend feels the same way about her as well. Indeed, this awkward uncomfortable situation is very common. 

#Rule 1  : Do not consider about winning the girl. Consider more about her feelings and affections. Does the girl favor one of you blatantly over the other?It’s never easy to deal with loss, rejection and disappointments in life.

#Rule 2: Bring it up and set some ground rules for chasing the girl, so it won’t shipwreck your friendship. It’s never easy to deal with loss, rejection and disappointments in life. But we all have been through that. 




Margaret W. Lavigne 司馬儀

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