1 Litre of Tears

by Jason on January 1, 2006 · 1,126 comments · AddThis

1 Litre of Tears
Sometimes I feel like my body doesn't belong to me. What's happening to me?

This dorama is about a girl who was diagnosed with a disease called “Spinocerebellar Degeneration” when she was 15 years old, and was able to continue her life until her death at the age of 25 years old.

The plot is based on the true story of a Japanese girl named Kito Aya, who had the same disease. She kept writing in her diary to remember her experiences until she could no longer hold a pen. Aya simply wished to live until the end of her life, and the purpose of writing in the diary was to remind herself to not give up. She shed tears many times, at the same time encompassed by the rich love and support from her family, friends, and boyfriend. Her diary “1 Litre of Tears” was published after her death, because of its inspiring and courageous message of

“Just being alive is such a lovely and wonderful thing.”

So far, over 18,000,000 copies of her diary have been sold.

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The Review

Haruto & Aya
Haruto and Aya

This dorama features Sawajiri Erika, Nishikido Ryou, Narumi Riko, Yakushimaru Hiroko, Jinnai Takanori and Fujiki Naohito. Sawajiri Erika has powerfully brought out the character of Aya, and people who watch this dorama will feel compassion for her while she suffers from the illness. My tears flowed after almost every episode as I questioned myself, “What would I do if I were Aya?” This is a dorama where you can see a 15 year old young girl who was able to face her disease bravely, and tried her best to treasure the time she spent with her friends, family and boyfriend everyday she could.

To me, this was one of the best doramas of 2005, mainly because the reality of this story has enlightened me. I realized that my life is not that tough compared to those who are suffering from an incurable disease. “1 Litre of Tears” stood out for a reason: it is not because Aya was upset because of her disease, she was touched by the love and patience she received from her friends and family. I was amazed by the braveness with which she chose to live her life, as a strong girl who was only 15 years old, yet managed to face her cruel fate with a positive outlook, and tried her best to do whatever she could by herself.

1 Litre of Tears diary
Kito Aya's diary

For those dorama fans who loved “Beautiful Life” that starred Takuya Kimura & Tokiwa Takako, I’d bet you guys will appreciate this story too. I can feel the power of the love from her family and friends in this story, and encouraged me to be positive in my life even though there may be many difficulties and problems. I hope there will be somebody who is willing to translate the original diary by Kito Aya sold in Japan because she has a lot of meaningful words in her diary. This story contains both sadness and love, and I hope you guys will love this dorama as much as I did.

Episode 1 synopsis

This dorama starts right before Aya is confronted with the illness, Spinocerebellar Degeneration, in which the nerve cells of areas necessary for the human body to move and balance–including the cerebellum, brain stem, and spinal cord–transform and eventually disappear.

Ikeuchi Aya (Sawajiri Erika), a 15 year old girl, is the eldest daughter in a normal Japanese family. She lives with her reliable mother, Shioka, who works as a nutritionist, her father, Mizuo, the wacky owner of a tofu shop, her quiet younger brother, Hiroki, and two younger sisters, the sarcastic Ako and innocent Rika. On the day of her high school entrance exam, she left the house full of energy, but she missed her stop to get off the bus and walk to her high school because she fell asleep. She quickly got off and ran from the bus in the rain when she discovered she was late. She slipped, fell down and injured her knee. At that time, she met Haruto Aso, who was trying to skip the exam. He gave her a ride to school, the administrators allowed them to take the exam (despite the fact that Haruto was uninterested in taking it), which they both later passed.

The new semester began, Aya and Haruto were in the same class, and both were elected as the representative of their class. Aya also joined the basketball team, and was reunited with the boy who she was fond of from the male basketball team. Just as she was beginning to enjoy her high school days, Aya starts to experience some physical difficulties. She always dropped food from her chopsticks, could not estimate the distance of the objects in front of her, could not pour water into a cup without spilling it, and occasionally wobbled while walking. Her mother, Shioka, who was the only one to notice the physical changes in Aya, started to worry about what was going on.

One day, Aya’s life started to change after she tripped and fell. She couldn’t protect herself with her hands while falling and she hurt her face. After this, her illness is slowly revealed and her tragedy begins…


Purchase: “1 Litre of Tears” DVD Box
Purchase: “1 Litre of Tears” diary (in Japanese)
Purchase: “1 Litre of Tears” diary (in English)
Purchase: “1 Litre of Tears” Original Soundtrack
Torrent: Fansub by Kioku Konseki
Torrent: Original Soundtrack
Insert song: Konayuki by Remioromen
Translation: by Kiwi and Pye (ongoing)
Translation: by Ayafan (ongoing)

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sa October 8, 2011 at 12:09 am



jochelle October 4, 2011 at 7:13 am

im so inspire to aya!! beautiful story!! sana ipalabas ilut sa pilipinas


meghraj meena August 31, 2011 at 2:18 am

Hello Sir, I really appreciate the acting of Aya and her will-power to survive through a incurable disease.


Pemma August 21, 2011 at 3:31 am



Sonam August 7, 2011 at 1:01 pm

khamzam menda aya…..after watchin dis movie i felt d importance of time arigato aya …. it has rly touched my heart…..my eyes were filled with tears….if i were in Aya’s place i don’t think i wld b that much courage to face the diseases….arigato aya….


yeb82 July 25, 2011 at 6:05 pm

great episodes and at the same time very moving and sad
Thank you for this information
Have you made a video clip for the episodes on this link



heri altis INDONESIA July 25, 2011 at 3:04 pm

when watching this drama, my chest tightness, … I can not breathe!
It took great courage to accept the fact that you will not be able to use your body as usual. if I have it, the first i write is …” I want to die!”. But Aya taught me the meaning of life and the courage to accept and through it, whatever cruel fate that must be received


Chu's Cradle June 22, 2011 at 9:56 am

One of my favorite scenes in the series was when Aya was talking to her doctor. Apparently, Aya overheard from two nurses that her doctor was about to be transferred to another hospital, and she thought that she’s the cause of it since she showed no improvement. When she was speaking to her doctor she asked him if he’s going to transfer to another hospital, the doctor said “No” which gave her relief, after that she asked her doctor if she can donate her body for research, her doctor felt grateful at first because Aya volunteered to help, but in the end he felt useless because Aya seemed to have accepted the fact that she will die because of her disease. The doctor then answered Aya not to think about those things since medical research has been trying to find ways to cure the disease. What’ broke me down was when the doctor ran to his room and saw his research report (words such as “there is hope” etc were displayed) he cried, shut his laptop screen and threw the research papers beside him.

I felt how hopeless he was at that time and had a thought of what if you cannot protect someone who has been expecting and trusting that you could…

I would like to give kudos to those who created this series because they did a wonderful job. Unlike some series that entails religion (which most likely causes cultural differences resulting to negative outcomes e.g.-non believers would tend to ignore it as well as people with other beliefs) this series successfully brought inspiration just by emphasizing that life is important and we must live with positive attitude and see things optimistically. : )


Roxanne May 12, 2011 at 3:01 am

hi~…u guys can view my blog to see the full version of Aya’s diary….thx for the support..^^



KhonDenn AUSTRALIA March 6, 2011 at 12:24 am

Hi everyone. I don’t know what can i do if i was aya ???
but she never give up , i hope i can be strong like aya nee chan


aNYss February 24, 2011 at 3:22 am

it was da great story that i ever seen…
aya…u r strongly gurl…
n u will stay alive with us…


sakura INDIA February 20, 2011 at 12:28 pm

i love you aya


vini INDIA February 18, 2011 at 6:11 am

i was kind of lazy person but after watching this drama i don’t want to be useless person in the world i want to help the people no matter how the little matter is specially my country and i want to be strong person just like aya she is not physicaly strong but she is emotionally to strong. You inspire me so much arigato aya san


sakura INDIA February 20, 2011 at 12:29 pm

she inspired you very much


ele,, PHILIPPINES February 13, 2011 at 9:19 pm

its so nice,,ilove this movie,,its very beautiful and inspiring,,i agree of all the comment,,,thanks to aya,,and the person who portray as aya,,you are so good,,


kimyat AUSTRALIA January 9, 2011 at 7:06 am

i like the drama..i cry every nyt wen i watched that..so very inspiring to me..i learn so much…i hope i can buy the book of 1 liter of tears..aya is a gud example to the people who try to giv up b-coz of there illnesses..i hope the story wil make them inspire themselves to make strong & brave to continue there life in this world,,just like aya…


feky INDONESIA December 27, 2010 at 11:02 am

from this film i learn many things about : hope,stronger,believing,love,loves,smile..
and sometimes i ask to my heart : would be i have strength like aya’s?


Bkey AUSTRALIA December 14, 2010 at 5:25 am

soMEtIMe i FeEl lYk….It’S reaLlY hArD to LIve Dis lYf…….wiDouT geTtInG n E oPporTuniTies…….
bUt..OnCe i luK aT d’ Aya’s Lyf…..den I reAlizEd…….u LeFt sTh whEn u FalL DowN….. ….neVeR fOrgeT to PiCk It uP and luK FOrwArd For Ur Lyf……
coz u need to live on…..forever…..


vini INDIA December 5, 2010 at 8:35 am

i love this movie


ore wa *****desu MALAYSIA November 1, 2010 at 2:41 am

im…maybe a man….but this dorama touch my heart….huhu…anyway….the best film ever!!!


josh October 12, 2010 at 3:31 am

nice drama i realy like it


cris odencio AUSTRALIA October 8, 2010 at 4:33 am

wow.. sana ulitin e2 sa GMA7…kakatouch


mArie October 4, 2010 at 3:58 am

from the first until the Last episode …
i cry every night when i watched this Drama …
i want to go to japan just to buy the book of “ONE LITER OF TEARS” …
this story is very inspiring …
aya is a very strong …


mathiscie September 7, 2010 at 6:23 am

it is the one my most favorite japanese drama


Lizette July 3, 2010 at 9:54 am

I love this movie, it really makes my cry, it touches my heart. I’d first watched this movie on ABS-CBN, when I was a fourth year highschool student, but I failed to watch some of the series because I’m busy schooling. But I’m so thankful when I became college, and I’m staying at the dormitory, me and my dorm-mates are having fun when I remembered One Liter Of Tears and I opened the topic. It was a great good news for me because one of my dorm-mate has a CD of One Liter of Tears, and she let me borrowed it. And when I went home (every weekend I am going home because my school in college was far from my home, and that’s why I’m staying at the dormitory), I put the One Liter Of Tears CD on the CD Player and watched it, and while I’m putting it on the CD Player, OMG, I feel so excited because it’s been a year when I didn’t watched the full version One Liter Of Tears, I almost sleep only few hours just for this movie, I even watched it twice, and my tears fell on each series, it really touched my heart. Wish I can read her books, but I can’t go on Japan ;c, I’m so proud of Kitou Aya, she didn’t lose hope until her last breath.


vhinzelaine June 22, 2010 at 8:02 pm

I saw this series way back 2007… i really this movie..very touching…it shows to us how really important life is..family ties and friends….Like Aya-chan, she never gave up and that’s what I like her….

I also had crush with the actress portraying Aya-chan, she’s really pretty.


Raika Saz June 10, 2010 at 1:03 am

this is one of the best Japanese movies that made me absolutely cry in every episode especially in episode 7-9 and also the last episode T_T i also read Aya’s diary and i’ve learned a lot of things… i wonder what will i do if i have Aya’s sickness… would i be strong like her too?? T_T


sujatha April 10, 2010 at 9:31 am

Well i accidentally came across this drama when i suffered from UPPER LIMB ATAXIA whose symptoms are similar to aya’s ,but i recovered completely . Iam thankful to god that , he showed me wat life is through this disease (though not the only way to show ) and after seeing aya , i really understood wat determination is , wat endurance is … i couldn’t stop crying … At the same time we really need to look at support aya’s family gave her . aya’s mother – a very strong hearted person , who gave her confidence till the end , was indeed a reason behind aya’s ‘LIVE ON’ belief…
Blessed is the person who gets such a beautiful family .Well i have started believing ,we should all be really happy with lives we have and do something to society for ppl like aya !!!!!!!!!


princess March 12, 2010 at 8:01 am

aya i love your story i thank give one chance to be happy i know the book to your family/friends/andyour boyfrien


a q u a PHILIPPINES March 2, 2010 at 1:01 am

it’a beautiful story….


asuo-kun MALAYSIA February 20, 2010 at 6:45 am

this dorama was the sadness that i’ve watch…
i don’t know how many i’m cry…
the dialog make me cry……
whatever….. i’m will cry when i’m watching this dorama..
start from episode 3 or 4.. thanks to japan cause make this dorama..
i luv japan.. after i luv my country..


slitop88 April 18, 2010 at 11:52 am

last night was my 5th times watched this dorama and try not to cry..but unfortunately i couldn’t stop from crying starting from 3rd episode until last episode…huhu.. so sad.thanks japan for provide a quality dorama…


rylizmie January 24, 2010 at 8:52 am

ya..dis darma so sad n the plot of dis drama also gud..
u’ll try watch “the snow queen” korean drama..also da best 4 me..n also sad..
the plot also almost similar..huhu..try k..^_^


chuang May 17, 2010 at 10:40 pm

lol, first i watch the snow queen now i watched this i think im done for sad dramas


aiemah January 22, 2010 at 12:11 am

the story is very meaningful,bcoz its taught about how to go on in life after have any disease.so sad story and i cry at the end of the story.


catherine December 20, 2009 at 8:39 am

i think i cried for more than 1 litre of tears.i just couldnt stop the tears!the movie was so sad.SO SAD!SO SAD!it was such a beautiful movie!AYA always till this second stays in everyone’s heart. “Sometimes I feel like my body doesn’t belong to me. What’s happening to me?” God what’s happening to her?????


Mohammed July 11, 2010 at 8:52 pm

“Sometimes I feel like my body doesn’t belong to me. What’s happening to me?”

this words heart me……..


Anita INDONESIA December 6, 2009 at 12:00 am

keren banget neh film..
bikin gw am kluarga gw nangis..
nyentuh banget deh……….


camille joy AUSTRALIA November 27, 2009 at 2:24 am

hi aya your asian drama is so very beautiful im so happy that you are so very good your performance


watashi MALAYSIA November 23, 2009 at 5:59 pm

i shed too many tears… but it is the best tearful drama i’ve ever watched…


an November 1, 2009 at 6:15 am

aya….. the most inspiring person i’ve been known.. for me, shes the symbol of true life…. evrytime i felt down, i always thinking of aya… i’ve admiring her so deeply… iits make my life more meaningful.. what a great person she is.. just that GOD gave her such a heavy ‘test’ during her lifetime… but may aya be with GOD up there happily rite now… for aya…… tq..


fatin October 19, 2009 at 5:58 am

i really agree with all the comments..but if we still give our hands to people like Aya?? actually, many people just see and feel sympathy for the people like her. many moral values in this story will make people like us to appreciate our life..and try the best effort in our precious life…congratulations 4 1 liter of tears..


dia September 22, 2009 at 9:03 am

really u already had the book, may I ask wer u bought it, i really want to have that book.please email me here…


please i will wait for ur response


Sam@ September 20, 2009 at 10:28 am

i got the diary YESsssssss, i buy at poppular book shop i very happy i can find it . i have find it long time. finaly i get it, the book have say many story about aya every day how to live and have photo and have talk her family n frd how to support her .I know here aya diary have part 2……………….it writter is her mother .i know here it diary is her mother help her continue .it diary is after AYA pass away can’t ending n her mother help her end it. wait me after ending aya diary part 1 i must get part 2…………………….


aira September 15, 2009 at 9:35 am

it’s my student SOFIE who introduced me this drama…. i really like it! aya is so goooood!


aira September 15, 2009 at 5:49 am

am i too late in this drama?????

well,,it’s so nice and i really pity her! TT


_s_e_i_r_y_n PHILIPPINES September 12, 2009 at 12:23 am

_-_this is the beautiful story that i have watched!!..
_-_i love this movie..!!
_-_aya is ryt evr1 feels pain..!!
_-_i know that if ur alived now your happy!!..
_-_thanks a lot!..
_-_i have many moral lesson that i have know.!!
_-_i learn how to be brave enough for everything!!..
_-_im proud of you!!..b’cause of your braveness..that you have showned to your family.friends..and etc..also to your viewer lyk me!!..


Joanne INDONESIA September 6, 2009 at 4:39 am

Aya is the best person… She has courage, faith, and love… And her true love is Haruto, not that lame Kawamoto..


5566 MALAYSIA August 24, 2009 at 11:20 am

i love 1 litre od teasr i love aya……….never give up


SAM@ MALAYSIA August 23, 2009 at 10:11 am

YES i got the book i buy at popular it aya diary oso nice. can make me cry like drama.it book have say all aya how too live every day n have photo i like it. and i know the book have part 2 ,part 2 writter is aya mother . wait i read end part 1 i must go buy part 2……………………………………………………………….
aya i love your story


sam@ MALAYSIA August 22, 2009 at 12:08 pm

my real name is cuen seng i am 20 yeas old boy. my frd recommen me watch it drama he say it is a true story it nice.i after watch it drama ,i can’t belive i cry i have see many movie like it but i even cry,but it true stroy can make me tears fall down.aya in it story is very strong girl have many people support her. and sawajiri erika i very like her too ,her is beauty,cute. erika is very nice in it story. i say real it story is touching my heart….it sad.after i watch it drama i can feel life is WONDERFUL we must care all frd n family at any time. i wan say at here for all who have see my note……….CARE LIFE. AYA LIKE U ,U MAKE ME BE STRONG. SAM on malaysia………….


Angelica AUSTRALIA August 20, 2009 at 10:27 am

Hope you can read this! Na inspired talaga ko kay Aya. May sakit din ako tulad nya but not like her disease! Basta marame ko sakit,pero nung napanood ko ung 1 Liter Of Tears na-realized ko na kailangan ko lumaban! Date nagawa ko na mag suiside and naisip ko ulit un,but bago ko naisip na mag-suiside ulit napanood ko na sya. Once ko lang syang napanood but na-inpired na talaga ko. So I tell to my dad to buy me some dvd of 1 Liter Of Tears,so He buy me and then natapos ko sya! Sabi ko sa sarili ko if ako man ung friend nya hindi ko sya iiwan,I know na masama manghusga but when i watch the 1Liter Of Tears,nung mapanood ko dun ung mga kaibigan ni aya may konting galit ako para sa kanila. Pero sino ba naman ako para husgahan sila? Ang tapang nya para lumaban sya nang almost 7 years,right?! Kapag inuulit ko un,naiiyak talaga ko sa mga pinagdaanan nya,but thank her & to GOD kase kahit na namatay sya marame sya natulunga! Ang sabi pa nya ata wala na nga sya silbe sa mundo,tas wala pa magiging silbe kapag namatay sya,but she’s very very wrong madame sya natulunga because of her diary! Thanks sa mga cast nang 1 Liter Of Tears. Where can I buy 1 Liter Of Tears,here in the PHILLIPINES? I want a English Language and a Japanese Language!

You’ve done well Aya!

Mag-iipon ako para dalawin ang puntod mu promise!

Thanks again


janel August 17, 2009 at 5:38 am

a friend recommended this movie to me. i watched it right away after our duty thru youtube.com at home. i proceed immediately to episode 8 coz just felt it and from that scene i can’t help my tears falling. i appreciate aya’s family members, they were very supportive esp. her mom. i have disease too. i am hypertensive since the age of 25, now i am 29. my doctor says my hypertension maybe related to polycystic kidneys, bilateral. i cried and cried while watching the movie coz i was thinking life is so short.


belldandi August 16, 2009 at 5:28 am

i touch when i watch this. huhuhu if i were aya, do i think i will do like what she do when she know she have an illness like that……….


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