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"Don't be so arrogant! Who cares about the F4?!"
—Kimoto defied the F4[src]

Kimoto (樹本 (きもと) ) was a student at Eitoku Academy. He was once a popular student at the school. However, after standing up to the F4, he received a red card. Kimoto was ostracized by the rest of the school, which eventually led him to drop out. He returned only for a few moments to retrieve his belongings.


Kimoto attended Eitoku Senior High and was in class 2-C with Tsukushi Makino. He stood up to the F4, resulting in him receiving a red card shortly after. The student population most likely began to ostracize and/or bully him. After being absent for a number of days, Kimoto decided to leave Eitoku. He briefly returned to retrieve his belongings and never came back again.[1]

Physical appearance[]

He had a normal face with hair cut just above his ears. Before the bullying, he had a full, healthy face. The incident took a toll on his appearance, which gave him sunken cheeks and heavy bags underneath his eyes.

Personality and traits[]

Kimoto was a happy and popular student before standing up to the F4. He had courage, since he defied a group everyone else is afraid of. His spirit, however appeared to be defeated as a result of the incident.


Kimoto's surname (樹本; きもと) is made up of two kanji using the kun'yomi readings. The first kanji means "trees," "wood"[2] and the second "book," "origin".[3] Both kanji share the radical (木), which means "tree."[4]

Behind the scenes[]

Character notes

  • Kimoto appears in the first chapter of Boys Over Flowers.
  • He is the first person to receive a red card in the manga, though the F4 presumably gave them to many students.
  • Kimoto is mentioned in the musical, Hana Yori Dango (2019). Like in the manga, he is the latest student to be bullied until he dropped out. His friend, played by Maki Kureha, is brought to Tsukasa for talking to Kimoto before he left. Tsukasa threatens his friend with the same fate.


See also: Category:Kimoto portrayals

Unknown as Ah Shu

  • A version of Kimoto, named Ah Shu and portrayed by an unknown actor, appears in the first episode of Meteor Garden (2001). Compared to his later portrayals, Ah Shu has the most similarities with Kimoto. For example, they both have a short flashback sequence showing them stand up to the F4 and saying a similar statement. Ah Shu is bullied and returns to school for his things with a despondent air about him, like Kimoto. Unlike in the manga, his professor gives him some advice before he leaves.

Kazuma Sano as Kimoto

  • Kimoto is given the first name "Takayuki" and portrayed by Kazuma Sano in the Japanese drama, Hana Yori Dango (2005). In the first episode, a flashback depicts Kimoto angering Tsukasa by eating an orange, the juice of which then flies into Tsukasa's eye. He receives a red card and the whole school corners him into the cafeteria. Tsukasa attempts to have Kimoto's friend punch him. He refuses, leading Tsukasa to punch them both. Kimoto is shown again via archival footage in Hana Yori Dango Returns (2007) and Hana Nochi Hare (2018).

Jung Eui-chul as Lee Min-ha

  • Jung Eui-chul portrays the character, renamed Lee Min-ha, in the Korean drama Boys Over Flowers (2009). Like Kimoto, he angers the F4 and is bullied after receiving a red card. He threatens suicide by jumping off the school's roof, but is saved by Geum Jan-di (Tsukushi).

Ryo Kimura as Kimoto

  • In Hana Yori Dango: The Musical (2016), he is played by Ryo Kimura. His face is partially obscured to avoid confusion with Kimura's other character. At the beginning of the musical, Kimoto bumps into Tsukushi and then rushes off in fear. During the song "Good Morning," the other students talk about him leaving as he gathers his things. Another student intimidates him before he leaves for good.

First Kanaphan as Phupha



See also[]

Boys Over Flowers characters
Main characters

Tsukasa Domyoji | Rui Hanazawa | Tsukushi Makino | Akira Mimasaka | Sojiro Nishikado

Supporting characters

Seinosuke Amakusa | Kazuya Aoike | Yuriko Asai | Erika Ayuhara | Kaede Domyoji | Tsubaki Domyoji
Ryusuke Hayama | Sara Hinata | Amon Kunisawa | Ayano Kurimaki | Chieko Makino | Haruo Makino
Susumu Makino | Yuki Matsuoka | Umi Nakajima | Nakatsuka | Kiyonaga Narumiya | Nishida
Shigeru Okawahara | Junpei Oribe | Shingo Oribe | Sakurako Sanjo | Tama | Thomas | Shizuka Todo
Minako Yamano | Matsutaro Yoshimatsu

Minor characters

Aki and Chimura | Akira's girlfriend | Akira's father | Akira's mother | Beautician | Bob | Cindy | Makiko Endo
Junko Ekuni | Fortuneteller | Gen | Giuseppe | Jody Grand | Mike Hall | Harumi and Mako | Hatta | Hirayama
Hiroko | Hiromi | Hiromi | Hiroshi | Mayumi Isoda | Iwatsuki | Junpei's friend | Junpei's mother | K University students
Kaede's sister | Kimoto | Kirishima | Kobayashi | Koga | Kazuko Kubo | M | Maekawa | Sonoko Maekawa | Rio Makise
Mako | Makoto | Makoto | Jean P. Mayol | Mayuko | Midori | Miho | Mika | Emu and Memu Mimasaka | Mina
Mikihisa Minami | Misawa | Miya | Eri Miyazawa | Piromichi Nakano | New York enterpriser | Shoichiro Nishikado
Noriko | Hideki Oe | Akira Onagisa | Ozawa | Principal | Proprietress | Rie | Rika | Risako | Rui's father | Rui's mother
Saito | Sakurako's grandmother | Seinosuke's father | Shigeru's father | Shigeru's mother | Shingo's girlfriend
Shiori | Shizuka's parents | Arthur Smith | Sojiro's brother | Sojiro's father | Sojiro's mother | Sugiyama
Tama's husband | Kimiko Tamura | Teacher | Toda | Tome | Tsubaki's ex-boyfriend | Tsubaki's husband
Tsukasa's attacker | Tsukasa's father | Tsukasa's grandfather | Ueno | Umi's friend | Viola | Yatchan
Yoshida | Eisuke Yoshida | Yuki's father | Yuki's mother | Yuki's sister