One Litre of Tears
Alternative Names:

1 Litre no Namida

Ichi Rittoru no Namida

A Diary with Tears

Country of Origin: Japan
Year Produced: 2005
Air Date: Oct 11, 2005 to Dec 20, 2005
Episodes: 11
Type: Series
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One Litre of Tears

Ichi Rittoru no Namida

15-year-old Ikeuchi Aya was an ordinary girl, the daughter of a family who runs a tofu shop and a soon-to-be high schooler. However, odd things have been happening to Aya lately. She has been falling down often and walks strange. Her mother, Shioka, takes Aya to see the doctor, and he informs Shioka that Aya has spinocerebellar ataxia - a terrible disease where the cerebellum of the brain gradually deteriorates to the point where the victim cannot walk, speak, write, or eat. A cruel disease, as it does not affect the mind in the least. How will Aya react when told about her disease? And how will Aya live from now on?

This beautifully moving drama is based on the real-life struggles of a 15-year-old girl named Aya who suffered from an incurable disease, but lived life to the fullest until her death at 25. The script is based on the diary Aya kept writing until she could no longer hold a pen. The book that later followed entitled “One Litre of Tears" has sold over 1.1 million copies in Japan alone.

Aya's only wish was “to live." By carefully depicting Aya's earnest desire to live, and the love of her family, friends, and lover, the drama, “One Litre of Tears" wishes to deliver her simple but strong message: “Just being alive is such a lovely and wonderful thing."
(Source: FujiTV)

Extended Information

Broadcast network: Fuji TV
Related TV shows: Tears of Happiness
Average Ratings in Kanto - 15.1%

Production Credits
Original work: Kito Aya
Screenwriters: Egashira Michiru, Oshima Satomi, Yokota Rie
Producer: Kashikawa Satoko
Director: Murakami Masanori
Music: Ueda Susumu

Episode Titles

Ep 01: The beginning of my youth
Ep 02: 15 years old, sickness that steals up
Ep 03: Why did the illness chose me?
Ep 04: Solitude of two people
Ep 05: A handicapped person's notebook
Ep 06: Heartless glances
Ep 07: The place where I am
Ep 08: 1 litre of tears
Ep 09: I live now
Ep 10: Love letter
Ep 11: Faraway, to a place where there are no tears left to cry

Special Episode

Due to the popularity of the drama series, on April 5, 2007, Fuji Television aired a three hour special of the series set half a year 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 a training nurse. Haruto meets a 14-year-old female patient, who was bullied in school because of her disease, the same one that Aya had. Because of the bullying from school, Mizuki-chan decides not to receive therapy of any sort that would make her better, and she loses her will to live. It reminds Haruto of how Aya fought her illness and lived her life with her condition so he supports the patient. Aya reappears in the episode using a number of flashbacks from the series and in new scenes.


01.1 Litre no Namida -Main Theme-
02.Hurdle wo Koete
03.Anata ga Oshiete Kure Tamono -Ai no Theme-
04.Yasashisa ni Tsutsumarete
07.Kimi he no Long Pass
09.Shinobiyoru Byouma
10.Furi Aoge ba Aoi Sora
11.Namida no Imi
13.Mou Utae Nai
14.Te wo Nobase ba Anata ga
15.Kunou no Senritsu
16.Nagare Yuku Jikan
17.Sagashi te Goran
18.Nigiyaka na Danran
19.Toumei na Sekai
20.Seimei aru Kagiri -Sub Theme-
21.Only Human (Piano Version)
22.Konayuki (Piano Version)
23.Only Human (Cello Version)

Asou Haruto (lead)Nishikido Ryo
Sawajiri Erika
Narumi Riko
Matsuyama Kenichi
Fujiki Naohito