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Okawahara (大河原 (おおかわはら) Ōkawahara)[1] was the mother of Shigeru Okawahara. Through marrying her husband, she became a member of the wealthy Okawahara family. She and her husband arranged an engagement between their daughter and Tsukasa Domyoji, though it was later canceled.


She married into the Okawahara family, a prominent rich family in Japan. They had ties to an American oil company.[2] Their daughter Shigeru was eighteen when they arranged an engagement between her and Tsukasa Domyoji, heir to Domyoji Group. She was particularly keen in having the two marry soon, telling Kaede Domyoji "We don't really mind if they marry while they're still in school."[3] After Shigeru and Tsukasa started dating, her mother suggested that she moved in with his family once she started college to train to be a "good wife." She also said that they could marry while they were still in college if they did not want to wait.[4]

After returning from their villa, Shigeru became depressed and stopped going to school. Okawahara asked her daughter if something had happened with Tsukasa and if Tsukushi Makino was behind it. Shigeru became angry and said "You may be my mother, but if you criticize Tsukushi I won't forgive you." She then asked her mother to call off the engagement.[5] The Okawaharas' and Tsukasa later both ended up requesting for it to be called off.[6] Much later, Shigeru schemed to bring Tsukasa and Tsukushi back together. When Tsukasa was reported as kidnapped, Shigeru called her mother to explain the situation. Her mother immediately contacted the authorities to call off the reports.[7]

Physical appearance[]

Okawahara was a pretty woman in her middle age with similar looks to Kaede. Her was of a darker color, likely brown or black. To the engagement meeting, she wore a traditional Japanese kimono and wore her hair in the traditional style as well. She dressed much the same way during her day-to-day life.

Personality and traits[]

She was a cordial person with an easy-going attitude. Okawahara was unperturbed by Tsukasa's rude remarks and seemed unfazed at her daughter's initial resistance to an engagement. She instead laughed and called Shigeru and Tsukasa "kindred spirits already."


Her surname Okawahara (大河原; おおかわはら) is made up of three kanji. The first kanji means "large" (大),[8] the second "river" (河),[9] and the third "meadow," "field," etc. (原).[10] In combination, the kanji can mean "large river" (大河)[11] and "dry riverbed" (河原).[12]

Behind the scenes[]

Character notes



Shigeru's mother in the anime

  • Okawahara appears in the Boys Over Flowers anime episode "I Will Tame You!!" and is voiced by Miyuki Nikaido (二階堂 美由紀 () ). She appears by herself without her husband. Like in the manga, she jokes about Shigeru and Tsukasa being "birds of a feather" and talks happily about the engagement with Kaede. Shigeru later mentions her mother's suggestion for her train to be housewife by living with Tsukasa. Though she is not mentioned again, it can be assumed that she attends the couple's wedding which turns out to be a ruse orchestrated by Shigeru.

Lin Pei Jun as Xiao Zi's mother

  • Lin Pei Jun (林珮君) portrays He Yuan Zi's mother in two episodes of the Taiwanese drama, Meteor Garden (2001). In episode ten, she and her husband arrange their daughter's engagement to Dao Ming Si with Dao Ming Feng's help. Xiao Zi's mother agrees to break it off for her daughter in the following episode. After starting an expensive project with Feng, Xiao Zi's parents arrange for her to marry Si again though it too is called off.

Mrs. Okawahara (right) in Returns

  • Yumi Mitani (三谷 侑未 () ) plays Okawahara in three episodes of Hana Yori Dango Returns (2007). In the third episode, her family attends a dinner with the Domyoji family to celebrate Shigeru's and Tsukasa's engagement. She later attends another dinner, where Shigeru suddenly cancels the engagement. Mitani has no lines in her appearances.
  • She is played by Won Jong-rye (원종례) in Boys Over Flowers (2009).[13]



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

Meteor Garden (2001-02) characters
Main characters

Dao Ming Si | Dong Shan Cai | Hua Ze Lei | Mei Zuo | Xi Men | Ye Sha

Supporting characters

Ah De | Ah Lun | Ah Mei | Ah Song | Ah Yuan | Aisa | Bai He | Chen Qing He | Da Xin | Dao Ming Feng
Dao Ming Zhuang | He Yuan Zi | Li Zhen | Mi Mi | Sha Ge | Shan Cai's father | Shan Cai's mother | Teng Tang Jing
Qian Hui | Xi Men's father | Xi Men's mother | Xiao Geng | Xiao Shun | Xiao You | Xin Xin | Ya Men | Yi Lin
Yin Xiao Qiao | Ms. Yu | Zhang Xiao Hong

Minor characters

Ah Shu | Ah Xiang | Ah Yan | Aisa's mother | Dao Ming Cheng | Feng's sister | Fortuneteller | Gao | Jing's parents
Landlady | Lei's date | Lei's father | Liu | Liu Shu Hao | Mai | Mei Jia | Mei Zuo's date | Mei Zuo's mother | Principal
Professor | Qing Yong | Si's grandfather | Shan Cai's boss | Thomas | Wang Xiao Long | Xi Men's date | Xiao Nan
Xiao Shun's friend | Xiao Touh | Xiao You's father | Xiao You's mother | Xu Shao Yang | Yu Tian | Yuan Zi's father
Yuan Zi's mother | Zhong Ze | Zhuang's ex-boyfriend | Zhuang's husband

Hana Yori Dango (2005-2008) characters
Main characters

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

Supporting characters

Yuriko Asai | Erika Ayuhara | Kaede Domyoji | Tsubaki Domyoji | Sara Hinata | Kazu Kaburagi | Ayano Kurimaki
Chieko Makino | Haruo Makino | Susumu Makino | Yuki Matsuoka | Umi Nakajima | Nishida | Shigeru Okawahara
Sakurako Sanjo | Sachiyo Sengoku | Tama | Shizuka Todo | Ken Uchida | Minako Yamano

Minor characters

Akira's mother | Miyuki Furuta | Takayuki Kimoto | Jean P. Mayol | Emu and Memu Mimasaka
Mysterious gentleman | Nakatsuka | Nakatsuka's date | Shoichiro Nishikado | Junpei Oribe | Ryuji | Sara's fiancé
Shigeru's father | Shigeru's mother | Shizuka's mother | Arthur Smith | Sonny | Toyama | Tsubaki's husband
Tsukasa's father | Tsukasa's grandfather | Minako Yamanaka | Yuki's father | Yuki's mother