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J-Drama: ハルとナツ (Haru to Natsu/Haru e Natsu)


Yeah, I notice that too. I wonder if they will have an affair....
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emoticon That's what I was thinking.

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I wouldn't be surprised if Ryuta has an unhappy marriage, regrets marrying a Brazilian and/or perhaps not being part of the united "pure" Japanese community. I can see him at Naru's doorstep more because he's in some sort of trouble and wants her help. Or, perhaps he has carried a guilty conscience for all those years in the way he left her and married someone else, and wants to confess/apologize to her and wish her happiness.

As for Haru, I can't imagine that she would have an affair with him. She is much too loyal to principle (sticking with her parents, etc.), and even if she isn't "in love" with her husband (which we don't know one way or the other), I'm sure she has a deep love and respect for him and what he represents in both her own and her parents' lives. Plus, they seem to be very happy with their marriage, their children, the grandparents, his developing the flower business, and so forth.

We shall see!

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...dude. It's Haru. Not Naru. emoticon!

TYPO FROM HELL!

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I don't think Haru would have an affair with Ryuta either. Her husband is like god's gift to her and her parents. He basically re-united the village by marrying Haru (so the whole town can get together at her wedding). The fact that he was able to give up his surname and use Haru's surname is a testament that he truly loves Haru. Besides, remembered Haru said to her sister that she could never marry for business. I suppose she was inferring that the only way she would marry is for love. It was nice of Ryuta's mom to offer her wedding gown to Haru. A very touching gesture.

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I don't know what I was expecting, but it definitely wasn't the ending we saw. That's the only part of this mini-series that tore me up. I'd like to hear what others have to say about the meaning and/or social statement you see—if there is one, that is.

I guess I was carried along by an undertone throughout that this had a message of the unbreakable ties of the heart to the irreplaceable motherland, Japan. In the end, to see the suggestion that Japanese society (family) has broken down and that blending in where the heart led in Brazil was far more desirable, blew me away. The juxtapositon of the results of the two sisters' lives was heartrending to me.

Natsu's sons were such failures as "family," that she wouldn't even introduce them to Haru. Their selfish desires, permitted by Natsu, bankrupted her company and left her in that inconsolable place where being with people (her family) was far more lonely than if she had no one. Even Haru's loving grandson from Brazil, a virtual stranger, was far more caring and comforting than her own sons.

The final touch to me was Natsu returning to Hokkaido. The massive, stately, sheltering tree had been rendered to little more than a massive dead trunk with a memorial stone beneath it. Did Natsu intend to leave her wooden "doll" there in Japan, at the now gone family homestead? Or was she just remembering and saying goodbye to her memories there....

"I have no ties with Japan." She will go back to when she was seven years old and take up her life from then in Brazil with Haru and her extensive, warm, happy, and productive family—which, by the way, only coalesced when Haru could put aside her prejudice against her non-Japanese daughter-in-law and accept her as a fellow human being just as dedicated, having the same feelings of joy and heartbreak as every other human, regardless of where we come from and from which ethnic roots we may arise.

Seeing the smaller doll in its rightful place alongside the larger doll on the mantle, nestled in with the countless family pictures, was the perfect ending punctuation to the story.

 

 
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      I couldn't find any fault in leaving Natsu's children out of the series, to me it ment that if you can't say something nice about your own sons then its was better we never saw such kids. To me it would have been hard to forgive kids who could have left their mom in the hole to the tune of about $150 million....that's a big ouch to forgive to even just a watcher of this series.
    But the finale of this series left me in tears to see the sisters reunioning in Brazil after all of their years apart.
     
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I was shocked to see them giving up allegiance to Japan/- and being Japanese- although it was understood there was no family there for either of them. I found it interesting historically,but unbelievable on the reality scale about the letters being discovered- after all- that's what drama is all about-right?
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Pretty interesting drama overall. My guess is the emphasis on human relationship over any money, ambition or success, because these things come and go. Natsu's happiness seems to lie with her family, friends, and the grandpop.
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I rather enjoyed this drama even though initially I was leery of its description and start. I had expected a much more harrowing experience for the 2 sisters especially as children and was ready to bail out any time it turned that way. The story was intriguing enough for me to stay and follow it.

How ironic that the Japanese wife Haru chose for her younger son was a disappointment to her and the Brazilian daughter-in-law she didn't want turned out to be the one who had family values which she expected from a "well-trained" Japanese woman. It was touching to see Haru acknowledge her Brazilian daughter-in-law in the end.

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