Following the news of the sudden death of Hana Kimura, the 22-year-old professional wrestler and fan favourite of Netflix’s Terrace House: Tokyo 2019-2020 on Saturday, the cast members of the reality drama have turned to social media to share their memories with her.
Kimura was reportedly found dead at her home, with the cause not immediately revealed. Her last few posts on social media — including grisly pictures of self-mutilation and one message that says “goodbye” — suggested that she had been cyber-bullied.
A Terrace House group on Reddit has compiled a list of responses in English (translated from Japanese) from Kimura’s cast-mates as well as other ‘residents’ from previous instalments. Here, we run reactions from five members who have been with her on the show along with their original Instagram posts.
Meanwhile, according to the show’s official website, Netflix Japan has suspended two episodes, ‘43rd Week’ and ‘44th Week’, which are scheduled to drop on May 26 and June 2, respectively. Fuji TV, too, will not go ahead with airing an episode on May 25.
The production of the current season is on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But with the government planning to lift the state of emergency as early as next week, there’s no word on how soon filming will resume.