Shiroi Heya no Futari (Japanese: 白い部屋のふたり, lit. “Our White Room” or “The Couple in the White Room”) is a Japanese one-shotmanga written and illustrated by Ryoko Yamagishi. Published in the February 1971 issue of Ribon Comic, it is considered to be the first yuri (female-female romance) manga. The story follows the relationship between Resine and Simone, two students at an all-girls Catholicboarding school in France.
The orphaned Resine decides, against her aunt’s wishes, to attend the same Catholicboarding school as her mother. She finds it difficult to fit herself into the life of the school. Resine must also share a room with Simone, the beautiful and rebellious daughter of a famous actress. Simone does not make Resine feel welcome, and Simone takes advantage of every chance she gets to cause trouble. Simone goes out late with boys, copies Resine’s homework, and teases Resine every time she cries. In spite of everything, the two girls become closer, although Resine cannot name the feeling.
The school puts on a production of Romeo and Juliet; Simone is quickly chosen to be Romeo, whilst Resine is chosen to be Juliet. Resine expresses some worry about having to kiss Simone, but she is told that she can pretend to kiss Simone. On stage, however, their kiss is “passionate – and real”. After the play, Resine and Simone go into the woods and kiss again. However, a girl who missed out on the role of Romeo saw them, and she begins to spread malicious gossip about the pair.
Resine tries to distance herself from Simone because of the gossip, and Simone tries to comfort her. First she tells Resine to ignore the gossip. Resine finds that impossible. Later, Simone takes Resine out on the town to find her a boyfriend. Resine throws her energies into dating her new boyfriend, and Simone becomes depressed. Simone and Resine have an argument. Resine runs away, going back to her aunt’s house, and becomes sick. Some months later, after recovering, Resine learns that Simone died. She returns to the school to find out that Simone incited one of her boyfriends to kill her. Resine swears to keep on living, forever loveless and alone.
Shiroi Heya no Futari was written and illustrated by Ryoko Yamagishi. It was first published in the February 1971 issue of Shueisha‘s shōjo (girls’) manga magazine Ribon Comic, a spin-off of Ribon. Shueisha collected the one-shot (along with two other short stories) into a compiled volume of the same name, published under the Ribon Mascot Comics imprint on September 10, 1973.Hakusensha reprinted the volume under the Hana to Yume Comics imprint on August 10, 1975.Kadokawa Shoten included Shiori Heya no Futari in volume 28 of their series of Yamagishi’s complete works, published under the Asuka Comics Special imprint on March 4, 1988.