He was apart of the Okawahara family, known as "one of Japan's great family fortunes." They had connections to a large American oil company. When his daughter Shigeru was eighteen, he and his wife arranged an engagement between her and Domyoji Group heir Tsukasa Domyoji. Shigeru had to be dragged to The Maple Hotel to meet him and his mother Kaede. At first, Shigeru was opposed to the engagement. Several days after Shigeru and Tsukasa began dating, she became depressed and stopped going to school. This worried both her father and mother. Shigeru ultimately requested for the engagement to be called off. Her parents acquiesced.
Okawahara was a normal middle-aged man with a genial face. He had light, possibly graying hair which he combed neatly. His most prominent feature were his large glasses. Okawahara's wardrobe consisted of a suit and tie.
Personality and traits
His happy, smiling face indicated that he was likely a friendly sort of person. Okawahara was also understanding since he did not appear to be offended by Tsukasa's rude words. He and his wife seemed to got along well with each other as well.
Okawahara does not appear in the anime, though he is mentioned a few times by his daughter and Kaede.
Kang Kai (康凱) portrays He Yuan Zi's (Shigeru) father in episode ten of the Taiwanese television drama, Meteor Garden (2001). He is the owner of He Corporation and has ties to an American oil company, which is why Feng (Kaede) choses his daughter to be her son's fiancé. Like Feng, he is happy with prospect of a marriage between their families. The engagement is broken, but he and Feng later arranges for their children to be engaged again. He also begins an oil extraction project with Feng.
Okawahara is portrayed by Katsuhiko Sasaki in three episodes of Hana Yori Dango Returns (2007). In the drama, he says he is happy to be marrying Shigeru off to someone she likes. He also appears to be ready to retire as soon as Tsukasa graduates college. Okawahara was later surprised by Shigeru suddenly breaking off the engagement. After the engagement was cancelled, he stopped talks of a merger between his company and Domyoji Group.