1 Litre no Namida (TV series)

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1 Litre no Namida
Also known as1 Liter of Tears
Ending theme"Only Human" (K)
Country of originJapan
Original languageJapanese
No. of episodes11 (list of episodes)
ProducerSatoko Kashikawa
Original release
NetworkFuji Television
ReleaseOctober 11 (2005-10-11) –
December 20, 2005 (2005-12-20)
Buku Harian Nayla

1 Litre no Namida (1リットルの涙, lit. "1 Litre of Tears"; also called A Diary with Tears or A Diary of Tears) is a 2005 Japanese television drama for Fuji TV. It is based on the story of Aya Kitō, who suffered from a degenerative disease and died at the age of 25.

The script is based on Aya's diary that she kept writing in until she could no longer hold a pen. The diary was later titled One Litre of Tears and sold over 1.1 million copies in Japan.


Fifteen-year-old Aya Ikeuchi is an ordinary girl, soon to be high school student and the eldest daughter of a family who works at a tofu shop. As time passes, unusual things start happening to Aya. She begins falling down often and walking strangely. Concerned about her health, Aya's mother Shioka takes her to a doctor; he informs Shioka that Aya has spinocerebellar degeneration, a rare disease where the cerebellum gradually deteriorates to the point where the victim cannot walk, speak, write, or eat. As cruel as the disease is, it does not affect the mind.


#TitleOriginal airdate
1"The Beginning of my Youth"
"Aru seishun no hajimari" (Japanese: ある青春の始まり)
October 11, 2005 (2005-10-11)
2"15 Years Old, Sickness that Steals Up"
"15-sai, shinobi yoru byōki" (Japanese: 15才、忍びよる病魔)
October 18, 2005 (2005-10-18)
3"Why Did the Illness Choose Me?"
"Byōki wa dōshite watashi o eranda no?" (Japanese: 病気はどうして私を選んだの)
October 25, 2005 (2005-10-25)
4"The Loneliness of Two"
"Futari no kodoku" (Japanese: 二人の孤独)
November 1, 2005 (2005-11-01)
5"A Disabled Person's Notebook"
"Shōgaija techō" (Japanese: 障害者手帳)
November 8, 2005 (2005-11-08)
6"Heartless Glances"
"Kokoronai shisen" (Japanese: 心ない視線)
November 15, 2005 (2005-11-15)
7"The Place Where I Am"
"Watashi no iru basho" (Japanese: 私のいる場所)
November 22, 2005 (2005-11-22)
8"1 Litre of Tears"
"1 rittoru no namida" (Japanese: 1リットルの涙)
November 29, 2005 (2005-11-29)
9"I Live Now"
"Ima o ikiru" (Japanese: 今を生きる)
December 6, 2005 (2005-12-06)
10"Love Letter"
"Raburetā" (Japanese: ラブレター)
December 13, 2005 (2005-12-13)
11"Far Away, to the Place Where Tears are Exhausted"
"Tōku e, namida no tsukita basho ni" (Japanese: 遠くへ、涙の尽きた場所に)
December 20, 2005 (2005-12-20)
Special"Special Drama of 1 Litre of Tears: Memory"
"「1 rittoru no namida」 tokubetsuhen tsuioku" (Japanese: 「1リットルの涙」特別篇‧追憶)
April 7, 2007 (2007-04-07)

Special episode[edit]

On April 5, 2007, Fuji Television aired a three-hour special of the series set half a year (2014-2015) after Aya's death, and focuses on Haruto Asō, who has now become a doctor at the same hospital Aya was treated in, and Ako Ikeuchi, Aya's younger sister who is now a nurse in training, while Rika, Aya's youngest sister, has just started high school. Haruto is caring for a 14-year-old female patient, Mizuki, who was bullied in school because of her spinocerebellar degeneration, and rejects therapy due to having lost her will to live. Haruto remembers how Aya fought her illness and lived her life with her disease, and is thus motivated to support Mizuki reappears in the episode using a number of flashbacks from the series and in new scenes.[1]


Main cast[edit]

Other cast[edit]

Alternate versions[edit]

Indonesian Production House SinemArt's[2] drama, titled Buku Harian Nayla[3] (Nayla's Diary), supposedly plagiarizes 1 Litre of Tears. The series bears some striking resemblances, such as the protagonists' names. The series aired on RCTI as a special Christmas series. Comparisons between the two series have been drawn by the show's audience.[4] The scenario was written by Serena Luna, aka Chevyra Edenia. Indonesian fans of 1 Litre no Namida have reported this admitted act of plagiarism to Fuji TV and Indonesian mass media, but there has yet to be a response from Buku Harian Nayla's creators. RCTI failed to credit or acknowledge Fuji TV and 1 Litre of Tears, from which the story is presumed to have been adapted, and noted that "This story is fictitious: the similarities of names, characters, places, and times are purely coincidental."[citation needed]

Amrita TV is to dub 1 Litre no Namida, and the Chinese drama Tears of Happiness is based on this drama.

A Turkish remake of this drama, titled Bir Litre Gözyaşı, aired on Kanal D in 2018.


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  • Original run: October 11, 2005 – December 20, 2005
  • Network and Timeslot: Fuji TV, Tuesdays at 10:00-11:00 pm
  • Theme songs: "Only Human" by K, and "Konayuki" (粉雪, Powdered Snow) and "Sangatsu Kokonoka" (3月9日, 9 March) by Remioromen
  • OST by Susumu Ueda

Hong Kong[edit]

  • Original run: October 15, 2006 – December 31, 2006
  • Network and Timeslot: TVB Jade, Sundays at 10:30-11:30 pm
  • Theme song(s): "Stubborn" (固執) by Jason Chan (TV), Xiang Ai Bu Xiang Ai (想愛不相愛) by Ivana Wong (Movie)


  • Original run: Nov 28, 2006 – Jan 2, 2007
  • Channel and time slot: E-City, Mondays and Tuesdays, 11:00 pm – 12:00 am
  • Theme songs: "Only Human" by K, and "Konayuki" (粉雪, Powdered Snow) and "Sangatsu Kokonoka" (3月9日, 9 March) by Remioromen


  • Original run: May 4, 2007 – May 18, 2007
  • Network and Timeslot: Indosiar, Mondays to Fridays at 05:00-06:00 pm
  • Theme songs: "Only Human" by K, and "Konayuki" (粉雪, Powdered Snow) and "Sangatsu Kokonoka" (3月9日, 9 March) by Remioromen


  • Original run: July 2, 2007 – July 18, 2007
  • Network and Timeslot: Japan Entertainment Television, Mondays to Thursdays at 10:00-11:00 pm
  • Theme songs: "Only Human" by K, and "Konayuki" (粉雪, Powdered Snow) and "Sangatsu Kokonoka" (3月9日, 9 March) by Remioromen


  • Original run: August 4, 2007 – October 20, 2007
  • Channel and time slot: 8TV, Saturdays, 06:00 pm – 07:00 pm
  • Theme songs: "Only Human" by K, and "Konayuki" (粉雪, Powdered Snow) and "Sangatsu Kokonoka" (3月9日, 9 March) by Remioromen


  • Original run: May 5, 2008 - June 9, 2008
  • Channel and time slot: Thai Public Broadcasting Service, Mondays & Tuesdays, 08:30 pm – 09:30 pm
  • Theme songs: "Only Human" by K, and "Konayuki" (粉雪, Powdered Snow) and "Sangatsu Kokonoka" (3月9日, 9 March) by Remioromen


  • Original run: May 25, 2009 – June 19, 2009
  • Channel and time slot: GMA Network, Weekdays, 10:15 pm – 10:45 pm
  • Theme songs: "Walang Hanggan" by Wency Cornejo feat. Cookie Chua, "Only Human" by K, and "Konayuki" (粉雪, Powdered Snow) and "Sangatsu Kokonoka" (3月9日, 9 March) by Remioromen


  • Original run: September 3, 2012
  • Channel and time slot: HTV3, Mondays to Thursday, 21h30 - 22h30 GMT+7
  • Theme songs: "Only Human" by K, and "Konayuki" (粉雪, Powdered Snow) and "Sangatsu Kokonoka" (3月9日, 9 March) by Remioromen
  • OST by Susumu Ueda


1."littoru no namida -Main Theme-"Susumu Ueda 
2."hurdle wo koete"Susumu Ueda 
3."anata ga oshiete kure tamono -ai no Theme-"Susumu Ueda 
4."yasashisa ni tsumarete"Susumu Ueda 
5."anji"Susumu Ueda 
6."kimi e no Long Pass"Susumu Ueda 
7."rakujitsu"Susumu Ueda 
8."shinobiyoru byouma"Susumu Ueda 
9."furi aoge ba aoi sora"Susumu Ueda 
10."namida no imi"Susumu Ueda 
11."senkoku"Susumu Ueda 
12."mou utae nai"Susumu Ueda 
13."te wo nobase ba anata ga"Susumu Ueda 
14."kunou no senritsu"Susumu Ueda 
15."nagare yuku jikan"Susumu Ueda 
16."sagashi te goran"Susumu Ueda 
17."nigiyaka na danran"Susumu Ueda 
18."toumei na sekai"Susumu Ueda 
19."seimei aru kagiri -Sub Theme-"Susumu Ueda 
20."Only Human (Piano Version)"K 
21."Konayuki (Piano Version)"Remioromen 
22."Only Human (Cello Version)"K 
23."Only Human"K 
25."sangatsu kokonoka"Remioromen 


  1. ^ まだ泣き足りない?フジ系「1リットルの涙」4・5スペシャル (in Japanese). Archived from the original on May 10, 2007.
  2. ^ "Sinemart". Sinemart. Archived from the original on 14 February 2012. Retrieved 29 February 2012.
  3. ^ "Error". Archived from the original on 2006-12-18. Retrieved 2006-12-15.
  4. ^ Lautan Indonesia – Welcome Archived January 15, 2007, at the Wayback Machine

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