~Ruri no shima (Highly recommended viewing)

Ruri no shima

Narumi Riko

Ruri no shima drama DVD series set

Watching drama series long after their broadcast release is a regular practice of mine and every so often I find a story so heartfelt that it leaves an impression on one’s heart even years after my initial viewing. “Ruri no shima” (Ruri’s island) is one such drama, which was broadcast way back in the spring of 2005 and honestly my initial reason for choosing this series was the inclusion of one of my all time favorite actors in Takenouchi Yutaka whom plays a starring role herein however after experiencing the series whole, it’s truly the acting prowess and character written for model/actress Narumi Riko whom left the strongest lasting  heart impression. And it’s not really a surprise as after all this series is named after her central character “Ruri”, however Narumi Riko was totally a new face for me then but has since grown into a most cherished actress of mine with the series being that introduction to her talents as well as her natural beauty.

Ruri no Shima can be ordered with English subtitles @ jpdorama.

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Narumi RikoThe underlying story is central from a coming of age point in a young girl’s life who’s reality and emotions until the tender age of eleven have been nothing but loneliness with a heart who’s never known paternal love nor has experienced any support or love from adults likewise. Ruri’s mother “Nao” who’s played by Nishida Naomi was too young herself when she bore life to Ruri making her absent from care or caregiving as she herself was never in a mindset or maturity of truly becoming a mother. The defiant nature Ruri has always expressed to others acts not unlike a defense mechanism born of deeply rooted distrust of the adult world of her surroundings as this heartbreaking dynamic between mother and daughter is seen in its most unbearable light throughout the early episodes. Ogata Ken plays “Nakama Yuzou” who seeks to keep open a lone elementary school set on a island in the Okinawan chain which is set for its closure due to its last and only student departing. It is in Tokyo where he is able to recruit Ruri, and in hopes of keeping their school afloat she agrees to travel to the island giving the school a beginning hope in keeping its existence alive. There Ruri first sees herself as a couple’s daughter as she come face to face with true caring and love, the first she’s experienced but it doesn’t take long for her deeply rooted distrust of adults to rear its sobering reality with the majority of the island’s people taking an initial negative reaction to her. “Ruri no shima” brings a new light of adolescence and while set upon an extremely close knit community upon this island with all of its natural wonders, perils and openness to the beauty within, it is through the thoughtfulness and actions of the people there whom by this chance encounter with Ruri where the story sets forth a healing in her heart, one which has been wounded and uncared for for much too long. The trials and tribulations run deep as well with the school’s main teacher played by Konishi Manami longing to leave the island and with the school’s closure aiding in her dreams it is Ruri who’s presence creates an ugly tension between one another, a mysterious visitor in Takenouchi Yutaka’s character “Kawashima Tatsuya” who’s past may cast an even darker shadow with his presence upon the island community, Ruri’s own mother severing ties with her daughter even further in a heart wrenching manner which can only bring disbelief, the adaptation of life from a large city to a remote island for Ruri, mother nature’s rage, complications of relationships, unrequited love, life’s redemptions in many forms and for fear of spoiling the series with too much said I’ll leave those specifics at that…but I’ll just say that it is within these growing storylines in which “Ruri no shima” finds its legs as it continuously draws in the viewer episode by episode. Also watch for much subtle symbolism throughout the series with a few just being the sanshin, baby turtles and the blowing away of a hat….each beautifully orchestrated into the seams of the story as it grows…yes! there are quite a few. And don’t forget about the Okinawan cultural experience this drama naturally brings, very sweet.

In its totality, “Ruri no shima” displays the human spirit’s willingness to fight no matter what the odds and how we as people can be viewed to be so different and yet so alike if only our minds and hearts can find its natural harmony and through it all its occurrence upon an island so simple, much unlike the urban and populous cities and concrete jungles, sometime there’s a chance to learn and discover so much more and in itself isn’t it so wonderfully ironic?….to be upon a remote locale so simple.

Adolescence finding itself, realizing that it’s okay to love and be loved alike.

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In hindsight to watching this series, a wonderful dynamic to Narumi Riko being cast as “Ruri” is really in her actual age at the time of the drama’s production. The central character Ruri is aged eleven and Narumi Riko then was aged twelve giving not only the obvious likeness in character age but also it lends beautifully into the reality of a girl so youthful and yet so far beyond her years in maturity as “Ruri” is written here.

Coincidentally Narumi Riko then also released her very first shashinshuu (photo book) titled “12歳” which was photographed by accomplished photographer Takeo Dec. and while it’s been long out of print I’ve managed to through a proxy locate a pristine conditioned copy although I will say it did cost a pretty penny for that matter!…and that’s not even considering the additional cost of going through a proxy for overseas shipping/purchasing where some sellers won’t ship internationally. So with extreme carefulness I did manage to scan quite a few photos from this pb although I was much more apprehensive in doing so as this pb is much rather like a collector’s item not intended for the harshness of the scanning process. And while there’s been much debate over idols/models posing for photographs at such a youthful age I will say that for the most part “12sai” was done in a tasteful manner save for well just a few photographs (cover included) which may be somewhat questionable for a girl of her youth to be posing in such ways.

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~Narumi Riko 12sai photo book~

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~Narumi Riko shashinshuu collection complete~

And as you’d expect for any fan I also collected her other two shashinshuu with “Natural Pure” and “Rico Days” pictured above. In the future I’ll be adding those photo books to this blog through scans as well.

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~終わり。

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28 Responses to ~Ruri no shima (Highly recommended viewing)

  1. mikeymikez says:

    It sounds really interesting! And that you could get the PB!!

    Does it have English subs? 🙂

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    • I think you’ll fall in love with this drama!! And yes the DVD version linked above does have English subtitles =).

      ps…Takenouchi Yutaka is the ideal man!!!!

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      • mikeymikez says:

        This looks like one to buy!! ❤ you should know the the episodes are on YouTube as well. But the quality is crappy! ^^

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        • Definitely!!! get it!!! I’m positive that you’ll love it!!!! You’ll cry, smile, feel heart warmed and see a wonderful part of Okinawan culture. Oh no don’t watch it all grainy, wouldn’t do this wonderful drama justice ^^. Let me know if you do watch…curious to know of your feelings, thoughts and reactions…this is a really memorable and well written and acted drama series.

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        • I’m hoping you’re watching? So many emotions you’ll get from this drama and the characters are so connecting and as always with any good drama you’ll feel a bit of loneliness after the very last episode ends…like you’ve now lost some close friends…and then to see them again you’d have to re~watch again =).

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  2. george-b says:

    “…it is through the thoughtfulness and actions of the people there whom by this chance encounter with Ruri where the story sets forth a healing in her heart, one which has been wounded and uncared for for much too long.” I like so much the way you express your your thoughts. MAny modern culture are so estranged from the reality of family and naturalness, that people don’t know what to do, that would be okay. Any kind of affection is to be misconstrued, leaving one in a artificial void: Not a wise way to be raise as a golden fish in an isolated fishbowl I blame puritanism (which, as we all know is nothing but another perfid way of hiding the truth!

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    • I maybe have my moments (*´∀`)~♥、but I’m usually a really random writer with no form or format or anything lol…like I mostly tend to write while I’m thinking it in real time so there’s no real editing going on and then I have awful run on sentences~made up words lol and somewhere my English teachers are all breathing a disappointed sigh =P. You’re very sweet to say! I think society in larger cities may make it perhaps a bit more strained on families and the harmony in general, not a generalization but just a little in this sense whereas smaller remote areas are possibly able to benefit from the close knit settings making harmony much easier to naturally express and live by….a lot of this is experienced in this drama series which is wonderful to see. U~n very true and well said!…i totally agree ^^.

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      • george-b says:

        I’m glad you agree. I think that the true morality we ever acquire and keep is when around friends and family, and that larger circles are actually detrimental in absentia of those

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  4. philipleslie says:

    This looks a wonderful drama, and I’ll definitely watch this as soon as I’ve finished watching Honey and Clover. A wonderful, watchable actress who you can really believe in. I love all the performances in Honey and Clover, in fact. Having spent (and sometimes endured) four years at art college myself, I can say the art they’re making really does look convincing. Quite often in art-centered dramas the paintings/sculptures don’t always ring true.

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    • U~n Narumi Riko is such a natural actress I so agree and I think you many enjoy this drama series even more even as good as Honey and Clover is! There’s so much heavy emotions in this drama and even a bit of mystery intrigue with….ahh I’m heavily biased as one of my all time faves in Takenouchi Yutaka is in this!!! Seriously though “Ruri no shima” is one of those dramas which you’ll become attached to with the characters and when it’s all over….that lonely feeling will come as it does with the best of them as you just wish that it could go on and on. Another attraction is the Okinawan aspect of this drama series…I’m sure you’re going to fall in love with it =D!

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      • philipleslie says:

        What a wonderful, magical drama this was. As with Honey and Clover, I just didn’t want it to end. The island setting was a major attraction: I wouldn’t be surprised if the real island this was based upon experienced an incase in tourism after this was first aired. But the characters were all so likeable, especially Ruri. Narumi Riko’s performance was so mature and completely believable. I loved the subplot with Tatsuya, the hairdresser, and his kinship with Ruri. I really couldn’t believe it when Shomei met his end during the storm. That was such a sad moment. Ruri’s mother was a memorable character. One thing I wasn’t clear about is the family register, and her mother’s wish to remove Ruri from it. Please could you explain about this (when you’ve fully recovered, of course). Are changes to registers common? Is a lawyer involved?
        Thank you again for recommending this. You were right: I did fall in love with it. At there moment I’ve just started Kogure Shashinka, which is a gripping ghost story. Have you seen that? I did start to watch Hanazakari no kimitachi, but decided to save that for later.

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        • I am sooooooooo happy ~*~* that you loved Ruri no shima!!!! I was thinking for sure you will but there’s always that little bit of doubt that creeps in, silly me =D. U~n I love that they chose such a beautiful location in Okinawa to film and it really showed off their culture, people and architecture too! Yes it’s really one of those dramas that by near to the end you find yourself so endeared to so many of the characters in the series and you just want it to last forever and when it ends there’s that lonely feeling like you’re now missing friends, i so get that feeling a lot too. Narumi Riko was really young here and it’s perfect that her character was literally just about the exact age as she was then giving it more believability for sure and I so agree that she’s an amazing actress with true realism in her performances..you really feel her emotions and Ruri no shima was filled with deep emotions throughout from rebellion to incredible unimaginable sadness and to deeply heartfelt joy. I absolutely loved the interaction between Ruri and Tatsuya too!!!..but of course I’m deeply biased as he’s my guy!!! I guess I’ve probably gushed before about Takenouchi Yutaka~♡ but yup he’s like the perfect man out there!!! One can daydream right =P. That was really sad during the storm and so unexpected and when the father went to meet his daughter whom he’d been shunned from for so many years =(!!!…how Ruri was able to show her all of those letters he had written only for them to be returned to him….I cried so much =(. It was the best moment when he saw her. I’m sure there’s a legality issue with that occurring but you may not need a lawyer and just the right paper work and it’s literally like disowning someone legally so there no longer connected to you…that was devastating that scene you’re talking about on the beach =(. How her mother had her much too young for her own good and that all just went downhill with that being the most hurtful blog to Ruri imaginable. There was so much growing up with the boat incident, the shoplifting and that bully kid….just a perfect drama ~*!

          Kogure Shashinka? Oh I haven’t watched that one….please advise on it when you’ve seen a bit of it please =D.

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          • philipleslie says:

            There was such a lot going on in that drama that it could easily have been extended to a second season, but in a way, that could have lessened the impact of the original idea. I loved how she believably changed people’s lives for the better by pointing out things they hadn’t seen for themselves. I particularly loved the ‘free haircut for ever’ tickets given to Tatsuya when he left. Riko-chan was incredibly mature for her age, and didn’t the camera just love her face. She has appeared a few times so far in Kogure Shashinka: http://dramacrazy.eu/japanese-drama/Kogure_Shashinkan-season-1-episode-1 The good thing about watching it on this site is that so far I’ve encountered no adverts. GoodDrama is plagued by adverts, a few of which are intrusive and freeze your browser, requiring a ‘force quit’. I’m still on ep 2 of Kogure Shashinka, but love the atmosphere and the characters. The acting is excellent too. If you watch it, I hope you like it.

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            • The single student enrollment in order to keep the school open was eye opening too wasn’t it =D? The side stories played well with the main one with Ruri’s life being central as they didn’t distract or take away at all from the drama but rather really did enhance the storyline giving each of the characters much more depth in a way that immersed the viewer into not only the culture of Okinawa but also how they each related to Ruri herself. I thought a most poignant moment occurred during the scene in which the baby turtles appeared on the beach shoreline and weren’t they the cutest!! So tiny! Ugh the ads sometimes even occur mid scene and not just at the beginnings which is really bothersome for sure XD….wonderful you found a much better place to view dramas.

              On a side note could you do me a favor and read/ re-read what I’d written in this post here as for the life of me I can’t understand how such a dialogue came to be in the comments below as I don’t think I ever intended anything of the like and I’m not even sure if I should have said anything to Samar there although it was absolutely eating at me at just how mean he was with his name calling at the very end of his comment but still I no nothing of what they’re speaking about to begin with so it’s all very odd to me as this entire post was meant as a joke, therefore it was posted under ‘humor’ for what it’s worth. I just thought the study’s findings were a bit out there and hilarious….but I’m thinking that you didn’t find it humorous at all (*>ω<)。

              https://morningberryz48.wordpress.com/2014/02/19/breasts-saving-mens-lives-worldwideone-stare-at-a-time-d/

              Well, maybe I need to be much more serious here I wonder?

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              • philipleslie says:

                I’ve just read you post (I had browser viewing trouble, so will have to return to it later). I certainly did find it funny, and long may you continue to entertain us with such posts! I didn’t get that Samar was being a troll. Not even sure why he commented, though, and with an inappropriate tone. Usually your commentators are an appreciate group, but don’t let one grey cloud spoil the picnic. I’m usually quite saddened by some of the comments people make on YouTube. Some of the 2011 tsunami videos have horrendous remarks and dialogues between ignoramuses (I think that’s the plural) feeling the need to pass comment when if their identity were known, they’d probably be more cordial. One person who has been doing some excellent learn Japanese videos on YouTube has posted on FaceBook that she was thinking of giving up because of uninformed people constantly commenting that she’s either speaking incorrectly, or getting her grammar wrong (she studied Japanese at university and has lived in Japan).

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                • My mind is a scattered mess when I’m writing like I had just written the words ‘since the dawn of humankind…’ and immediately pictured the Flintstones for some reason as being appropriate at that moment….I’m very weird you see (。ーωー。)笑!I’ve recently renewed my video and custom subscriptions here so you’re stuck with me for at least one more year (・д・`*)!!! I was a bit hesitant at first to even reply as he isn’t speaking to either me or the post but it kept bugging me in how he was addressing Jalal there and then thought I must say something or I won’t be able to sleep. That’s unthinkable that people would write such things upon such a tragedy and in general today’s social media with Twitter and the like people find it increasingly easy to write awful things one would never ever say to another person’s face and they do it all by hiding behind their keyboards which is sad…the downside to our advanced social media =(. How people can slander others instantly by clicking on send whereas most wouldn’t have in the past you know if one needed to actually write a letter out and mail it with a stamp place properly, not much of that would ever be ever said. Oh that’s really sad to hear and I do hope that she continues on and ignores these people saying such things as it sounds like she’s doing everyone interested in learning Japanese a wonderful service =D.

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                  • philipleslie says:

                    I love that you’re here for another year…Weird? I prefer to say you’re gifted with making connections that most of us wouldn’t see, which is a great gift to have…I take it in this context, 笑 is pronounced わる?(The other day I learnt an informal equivalent of 行きましょう, よっしゃいくぞ, from reading Matsui Jurina’s blog. I’ve yet to learn it by heart. I’m not very good at learning, but I do love to pick things up, hoping one day I’ll be able to use them.) I do hope Japanesejoshi continues to post videos. Apart from being educational, they’re very funny, as she dresses up as various people for the lessons.

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                    • I’ve just been told that I’ve got an unusual sense of humor at times and after awhile you begin to believe it yourself, and it’s very sweet of you to embrace my weirdness as a gift =D! Let’s see 笑 in it’s plain form is pronounced “shou” which literally means a laugh and it’s sort of the equivalent of typing ‘LOL’ in that very same sense =D. U~n there are so many variances and abbreviations when it comes to common phrases for sure…too many really!! I’m sure you’ll do fine and I’m thinking she’ll push on ahead as her positive commentators much surely outnumber those oddly negative ones ^^.

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                    • philipleslie says:

                      Looking forward to reading about it!

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          • philipleslie says:

            HI! Well, I’ve just finished watching Kogure Shashinkan. What a satisfying drama! It was only four episodes, so a mini-series, really. The final episode was magnificent, with some excellent scenes and dialogue. I’m certain you’ll love it. Riko-chan appears more in the final segment when we learn about her background. Her performance is excellent. So what started off as a ghost-photo detective story ended up as a poignant family story as well as an unrequited love story of the kind I particularly enjoy. I’ll definitely be watching this again.

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            • Chinese characters can be very tricky as are on the building wall capture you sent, the meaning for Kogure photo shop/studio upon the wall looks to be the same as the drama title itself although they are using a variance of kanji here. As you’ve noted the third and last kanji aren’t common and could be an old usage also considering that the Japanese did adapt from Chinese characters for their own usage which evolved over time. Still I’m not imagining this building could be quite that old?..or is it? The drama sounds very intriguing and I haven’t watched very many mini series and was a bit surprised that it’s just four episodes long.

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              • philipleslie says:

                Thank you for that. If it was a pre-war building, maybe that might explain the use of different kanji? I’m wondering when 写真 first came into modern use. You’re right about Chinese characters being tricky, as I found a wall of kanji while on Street View and asked my Taiwanese friend what it might say: he was completely unable to help! (I may send you the image for a second opinion, if you wouldn’t mind.)
                But as for the drama, 4 episodes seemed just the right length without leaving you feeling shortchanged. I loved it.

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                • The Chinese reading has very much the same meaning too although I’d find it very difficult to pronounce correctly plus have you noticed the little nuances in pronunciation of Chinese which can make a world of difference in meanings like if you’re a whisper off….I’ve always loved how Zhang Ziyi speaks in particular as she’s very swishy in a cute way I think. Mm I’m thinking it’s older too and many usages have evolved over time and it’s interesting that after adopting Chinese characters into their language, the Japanese found that they were unable to express all of their phonetic alphabet with kanji alone and then created hiragana for that purpose along with the simpler katakana which used to be mostly used for foreign words of origin although as you’ve most likely noticed that rule of sorts has long since gone out the window as katakana is now used to simply for its aesthetics and maybe even a cool factor in some cases. That wall in Konorihama has a haunting appearance doesn’t it!! It’s like someone had written what’s like maybe poetry upon part of it which reads about the heart and I’m sensing maybe even something religious about it with some of the language’s context but some of the kanji is way too non standard to figure out fully. I was looking to see if “Kogure shashinkan” is for sale but have not been able to find it just yet but I’ll be searching more. I just got the DVD for Oishii Man so looking forward to watching!!..maybe tonight.

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                  • philipleslie says:

                    HI. Thank you very much for looking at the wall writing. It’s a mystery! I’ll continue to ask around and will let you know when I find out its meaning. Once I mailed the tourist board in one rural area of Japan to ask them a question about some odd streetlights they had, and they very kindly mailed back in English too with the reply. The kanji on the wall is so carefully painted too, with shadows added.
                    Oh, Oishii Man is on my eBay watch list, but I was put off buying just in case it was tragic! I’m looking forward to hearing what you think of it.

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                    • philipleslie says:

                      Hi there. Mystery solved! The writing is this poem: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heart_Sutra which my friend’s wife tells me she learnt at Buddhist school when she was little. It’s often recited at funerals, which is why it was chosen here.

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                    • A~h I did manage the poetry form and religious tones but I’d never have guessed it was this actual chant and I’ve heard it too quite often during funerals in my family as my mother’s side are dominantly Buddhist. When I was little it was always a bit scary to hear but I guess that’s understandable, thank you for solving this! And it’s really something to behold having this writing written as such upon that wall.

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                    • I’ll be writing a bit on “Oishii Man” as I did get to watch it over last weekend…楽しみに下さい^^。

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