Fuji TV’s new drama, Last ♡ Cinderella, starring Ryoko Shinohara, Naohito Fujiki and Haruma Miura has been scoring high TV ratings this season!
Last ♡ Cinderella features “Oyaji Joshi”, women who devote themselves to work but at the same time seek romances with men.
Nowadays, it is said that 60% of unmarried women between the ages of 25 and 35 find themselves becoming more masculine. These women are recently called “Oyaji Joshi,” literally meaning "old-guy woman" or a woman who acts like she is an old man.
Ryoko Shinohara plays Oyaji Joshi “Sakura,” a 39-year-old woman who hasn't had a boyfriend in 10 years. Though she works as a vice store manager at a beauty parlor, she is careless about herself. She has a tender heart and a strong sense of justice, but is coward in terms of love. Recently, she is frustrated that a couple of beard hairs have started growing on her chin, which she thinks is due to overworking and a hormone imbalance.
In the drama, a Japanese form of short poetry called “Senryu” often appears expressing Sakura’s feelings in a funny and cynical way.
Senryu is constructed in 3 lines with 17 syllables. The first line contains 5 syllables, the second line with 7, and the third line with 5 syllables.
The production team of Last ♡ Cinderella is collecting Oyaji Joshi Senryu created by viewers online and some are actually used in the drama.
Here are the funny ones selected by the producer, Toshiyuki Nakano.
若くない Wa ka ku na i
言ってるわりに I t te ru wa ri ni
若作り Wa ka zu ku ri
She always says “I am getting old”
but she actually does her best to look younger.
ブラジャーに Bu ra ja a ni
レースのひらひら re su no hi ra hi ra
なくなった na ku na t ta
I realized that my bra no longer has flutter laces.
Coincidently, my 2nd grade daughter has just learned Senryu at school and creating Senryu is now her daily homework.
These are my favorite Senryu created by my 2nd grade girl.
風邪ひいた Ka ze hi i ta
天気いいのに Te n ki i i no ni
遊べない A so be na i
I got the flu. Although it’s sunny outside, I can’t go out to play.
日曜日 Ni chi yo u bi
どこもいっぱい Do co mo i ppa i
お腹すく O na ka su ku
On Sunday, I went out for lunch but it's crowded everywhere, and I am starving.
“Oyaji Joshi Senryu” is a new trend, but “Salary Men Senryu” (Senryu for office workers) has always been a trend since a long time ago.
Once you get hooked on creating senryu, you can’t stop yourself.
Enjoy and don't forget to watch the drama!!