Fujiko and Hanazono-kun were jogging together early in the morning.
It was the day before the All Japan Championships and Fujiko was very
Meanwhile Yawara was at a coffee shop with Kazamatsuri. Yawara was not
feeling too happy because she had not received any replies from the
companies that interviewed her. Kazamatsuri thought that Yawara was
still upset about his situation, being Sayaka's fiance. So Kazamatsuri
told Yawara that he refused Sayaka, and he was just working for her
father. He said that the reason why he could not see Yawara much in
the last six months was because he had many business trips to foreign
countries. He said that he had been constantly thinking of Yawara.
While Fujiko and Yawara were practicing with their teammates in the
Inokuma doujou, Matsuda tried to sneak inside. But Kazamatsuri caught
him and told him that no reporters were allowed. Matsuda said that he
was just a fan trying to wish Yawara luck, and ran to take a peek inside.
Just when Matsuda arrived at the door, Fujiko unleashed a great move to
throw Sayuri. Matsuda was shocked because Fujiko had become so good so
soon. He thought that Fujiko also had a chance in the next day's
On the day of the All Japan Championships, Fujiko was very nervous in
the locker room. Yawara wasn't feeling that great either. Hanazono-kun,
Kazamatsuri, and their teammates tried to cheer them up.
Coach Yutenji was asking Jigoro about Yawara's job hunting. Jigoro said
that he was shutting out all of the phone calls and letters. He also
said that there was supposed to be an interview that day. Then Yawara
came up from behind him and yelled out. Jigoro said that he refused for
Yawara because it was the day of a match. Then Yawara got mad and yelled
at Jigoro. When Jigoro said that he did it all for Yawara, Yawara
started crying and ran out.
Outside, the president of Tsurugame Travel and a couple of his men were
rushing toward the gym. They wanted to see Yawara in action. But the
president was a little worried that he would get disliked by Yawara.
Yawara was very mad at Jigoro. She knew that Jigoro was doing all of
this so that she would have to go to Saikai University. When Matsuda
went up to Yawara before the match and told her that he will write a
good article, Yawara yelled at him and said that she wasn't doing judo
so he can write his articles. Matsuda was very scared by the look that
Yawara gave him.
As the matches were starting, Saitou (who was sitting with the announcer)
said that the center of this year's tournament would be Yawara and
Fujiko was cheering loudly for Yawara. Then her parents came up and told
her to worry more about herself. They told her that her future was
riding on these matches. Then Coach Yutenji came up and told her that
she is the future of Japan's women's judo. Fujiko became even more
nervous as more pressure was put onto her. Then Jigoro came up and said
that Yawara's future was also riding on Fujiko's performance.
Yawara was still very mad as her match started. But Yawara immediately
threw her opponent over her shoulder with a fierce throw. Then Yawara
hurried off to the locker room.
Ohtaguro, the president of Tsurugame Travel, had missed Yawara's first
win because it had happened so quickly. So he was concentrating as
Yawara's second match was about to begin. Then he spotted the president
of a rival travel agency sitting in the audience. He was getting worried
that they were interested in Yawara too. Then the president of Ginza
Can Can, a fashionable clothes maker, came up to Ohtaguro. He said that
Yawara was interested in his company too. Then he also pointed out
another company president that was there for Yawara. Ohtaguro was
shocked about the competition, and missed Yawara's second ippon win.
After Yawara won her third match with an ippon, she returned to the
locker room and thought to herself that all she had to do was start over.
Then she started to go out to cheer for Fujiko. But when she reached
the door, she ran into a wall of company presidents.
Fujiko's match was about to begin. She was very nervous because Yawara
All of the presidents introduced themselves and asked Yawara to join
their companies. When Yawara said that she was all confused because
all four people talked at once, on the the presidents said that she
applied to all four companies at once. [In Japan a person usually
applies to only one company at a time. - H.Doi] Then they all asked
Yawara to choose one company. Yawara couldn't choose because she wasn't
prepared for it. Also Yawara remembered that Fujiko's match was going
to begin soon.
Meanwhile Fujiko's match began. Fujiko was very nervous and stiff. She
was also sweating a lot. Matsuda wondered where Yawara could be.
All of the presidents and Yawara sat down at a table in the locker room.
Each president tried to convince Yawara to join their company. Ohtaguro
was surprised when he heard that the other companies all had judo clubs.
When the president of Superior Travel asked Ohtaguro, he lied and said
that he had a judo club too.
Meanwhile Fujiko had gotten a stalling warning. Fujiko had forgotten
all of her training, and didn't know what she was supposed to do. Then
her opponent took her down for a yuukou. There were only two minutes
left, and Matsuda couldn't stand it any more. He went out to look for
In the locker room, the president of Superior Travel came up with an
idea. He wanted each company to give their sales talk to Yawara in less
than 5 minutes. Just then Matsuda came running into the room. He
told Yawara that Fujiko was going to lose. Then Matsuda grabbed Yawara
and told her to run to the gym. When the company presidents complained,
Matsuda yelled at them.
Fujiko got thrown for a wazaari just when Yawara and Matsuda arrived in
the gym. There were only 30 seconds left in the match. Then Yawara
yelled out loud. Fujiko felt a little relieved after hearing Yawara's
voice, but she still didn't have confidence in herself. Yawara saw that
Fujiko's moves were not as sharp as always. Hanazono-kun said that her
opponent had been researching Fujiko's oouchigari, so Fujiko couldn't
throw her best move. Yawara said that she should use her kurumiwari
ningyou move. But Kazamatsuri said that Fujiko wasn't ready to use a
new move in such a big tournament. Yawara said that Fujiko can do it,
and yelled out loud, "Un, deux, trois Fujiko! Kurumiwari ningyou!
You can do it! Let's go to Yugoslavia together!"
[oouchigari = judo move to sweep the opponent's leg behind the knee
from the inside, between the legs.]
[kurumiwari ningyou = nut-cracker doll (maybe a ballet move?). this
was what Yawara called Fujiko's move when she kicked her
leg high in the air to throw her opponent.]
Hanazono-kun and Matsuda were getting worried because there were only
10 seconds left in the match. But Jigoro smiled because he had heard
what Yawara said about going to Yugoslavia together.
There were less than 10 seconds left in the match. Fujiko's parents
were watching and thinking that judo was too difficult for Fujiko.
Fujiko's teammates were very disappointed by Fujiko's performance.
Coach Yutenji was thinking that Fujiko would not be able to enter his
university with this kind of performance. But Jigoro was very happy
because of what Yawara had said.
Yawara yelled out once again. "Kurumiwari ningyou!" There were only 5
seconds left and Fujiko started to think about going to Yugoslavia with
Yawara. Then Yawara yelled again. Fujiko yelled out, "Inokuma-san!
Let's go to Yugoslavia together! Sakai University!" Then Fujiko
unleashed her kurumiwari ningyou. Fujiko's opponent thought that the
oouchigari was coming. So the kurumiwari ningyou caught her by surprise,
and Fujiko got an ippon with just one second left.
When Fujiko came off the mat, Yawara apologized to her. But Fujiko was
very happy and said, "It's because you said let's go to Yugoslavia
together.. Let's really go! The World Championships in Yugoslavia!"
Then Yawara agreed. Yutenji overheard the conversation and was very
happy. He was thinking that with this win Fujiko would be able to enter
his university without any problems.
Jigoro went to the announcers booth and declared that both Yawara and
Fujiko would win and get a ticket to the World Championships.
Yawara was worried that she had made the presidents of the companies
upset by running out on them. When Matsuda questioned Yawara about what
she was going to do, Kazamatsuri stepped in and told Matsuda to quit
bothering her. He said that they should let Yawara choose her own
Fujiko was still nervous, but she won her second round match with an
oouchigari very quickly. Then Coach Yutenji said that Fujiko would be
accepted into his university for sure with this win. Fujiko's parents
were very happy, along with Fujiko. Fujiko was thinking that all she
had to do was to win two more matches, and she could go to Yugoslavia
with Yawara. But Jigoro was a little upset. He had expected Fujiko's
match to last about three minutes. He didn't like the way Fujiko had
won. He felt that something bad was going to happen in the next match.
Fujiko was very happy and dancing in front of her friends. Everyone
congratulated her. Yawara tried to give some advice to her, but her
parents came and congratulated Fujiko. Then Hanazono-kun came and said
that he would give Fujiko a massage before her next match. Yawara was
a little worried about the way Fujiko had won too.
Fujiko went out to her semi-final match full of confidence. She told
Yawara that she would win. Yawara was worried about Fujiko. Then Jigoro
came and said that Fujiko had too much confidence for her skill level.
He said that she should lose, and that he would train her all over again
at Saikai University with Yawara. Then Fujiko's match began.
Fujiko went after her opponent. Then Fujiko unleashed her kurumiwari
ningyou move. Everyone thought that Fujiko was going to win, but Yawara
shouted, "No!" Then Fujiko's opponent grabbed Fujiko and threw her down
for a wazaari. Fujiko got up and noticed that she had too much
confidence when she was really not so strong. Fujiko returned to her
old self and fought cautiously. Jigoro commented that it was too late.
Then Fujiko's opponent kicked her down for a yuukou.
Fujiko and her opponent fought on the mat as they tried to cover each
other. But Jigoro said that Fujiko's mat moves were very lousy, because
he had never taught her any. He said that Fujiko would lose. But Yawara
encouraged Fujiko and Fujiko locked her legs around her opponent's arm.
Fujiko was still thinking about going to Yugoslavia, as she grabbed her
opponent's other arm and got her in a hold. But the hold was a very
sloppy hold, and Yawara was worried that Fujiko's opponent would get of
it. Then the opponent's arm started to slip out. When Yawara yelled,
Fujiko tightened her legs around the arm. Then the time ran out. But
since Fujiko still had her opponent in a hold, the match continued.
Fujiko was 15 seconds into the hold, so she had to hold on for another
Fujiko's opponent struggled and started to slip out of Fujiko's hold.
Jigoro said that Fujiko might have a chance if she could change her hold
to a different hold. But he said that Fujiko couldn't do it. Then
Yawara yelled out the instructions to Fujiko. Fujiko didn't understand
very well, but she used her flexibility to switch her hold. It wasn't
a perfect hold, and her opponent started to fight out of it. There were
5 seconds left, and all of Fujiko's fans told her to hold on. Just as
Fujiko's opponent used the last of her energy to push Fujiko off, the
time ran out and Fujiko won with an ippon.
Fujiko was very worn out as she came off the mat and fell into Yawara's
arms. Fujiko said that she was very embarrassed for what she did. Then
she said that she will try her best in the final match.
Matsuda was wondering what Yawara was going to do after she graduates
from Mitsuba Junior College. Matsuda went to interview the presidents
of Superior Travel, Ginza Can Can, and Miny House. All of the presidents
said that they were going to get Yawara. They all said that they wanted
Yawara to get the gold medal for them and they planned to use her to
improve their businesses.
During the lunch break, Fujiko brought her lunch box and was looking
for Yawara outside. Fujiko found Yawara, but Yawara was sitting with
Matsuda. Matsuda was telling Yawara that if she worked for those
companies, they would just use her judo as advertisement. Yawara said
that she just wanted to work like any normal girl. But Matsuda said
that she couldn't. "You're not a normal girl any more. You can go
work or you can go to Saikai University. Either way you can't get away
Just before the afternoon session was going to begin, the Tsurugame
Travel group went up to Jigoro and asked him to let Yawara go to their
company. But Jigoro told them that Yawara's future had already been
decided. She was going to Saikai university.
Yawara was feeling depressed because of what Matsuda had said. Ohtaguro
was feeling depressed too because of what Jigoro had said. Then Ohtaguro
spotted Yawara. He went up to her and thanked her for having considered
Tsurugame Travel. Then he apologized for lying about their judo club.
He told her that they didn't have any judo facilities, and that he just
wanted Yawara to sit at the counter and work for them so that they will
get more customers. Then the Tsurugame Travel group left.
The time for Yawara's match came, but she was just thinking about what
Ohtaguro had said. Matsuda saw that Yawara was worried, so he told her
to forget about everything and just concentrate on the match. Then
Yawara turned around, smiled, and said, "Ok!" Matsuda was surprised
and wondered why Yawara had become so happy. Then Yawara went out for
her championship match.
Yawara's opponent was Oogaki from Tsukushi University. The Tsukushi
coach said that they had studied Yawara's moves and that they were ready
to defeat her. The Mitsuba team spotted the Tsukushi coach and teased
him, saying that they would lose again. Then Matsuda shouted out. He
spotted something in Yawara's eyes that made him think that Yawara was
going to lose on purpose, just like in her very first match. Matsuda
yelled out and said, "Don't do anything stupid! I'm sorry about what I
said! Don't think about quitting judo!" But Yawara quickly threw Oogaki
with a brilliant over the shoulder throw.
After she bowed, Yawara ran out to look for the Tsurugame Travel group.
Matsuda didn't understand what was going on. Yawara ran outside, but
she couldn't find Ohtaguro. Matsuda followed Yawara and asked her what
she was doing. Then Yawara smiled and said that they had to get back
for Fujiko's match. Just as Yawara ran back into the gym, Jigoro came
up to Matsuda. Jigoro said that Yawara's performance in the match
showed that she had decided to go to Saikai University.
The time came for Fujiko's match. Fujiko said that she would follow
Yawara and that they would go to the World Championships. Fujiko walked
out to the match very nervous and stiff. Just as the match began, Fujiko
tried to grab Ohbayashi, her opponent, but couldn't. She was thinking
about how to tie up with her, when Ohbayashi kicked Fujiko down. But
they were off the mat. Yawara yelled to Fujiko and told her to relax.
The match started again but Fujiko was still having trouble. Fujiko was
beginning to think that she had completely forgotten her judo.
Then Jigoro and Yawara both shouted out loud in surprise. They noticed
that Ohbayashi was a lefty. Fujiko had never fought against a lefty
before. Yawara yelled out to Fujiko to tie up in her usual manner, with
her right hand. Fujiko tried, but Ohbayashi didn't let her. Then
Ohbayashi got into position to throw Fujiko. Fujiko locked her legs
around Ohbayashi's legs and avoided being thrown. But Ohbayashi still
got a yuukou.
Yawara told Fujiko not to worry about Ohbayashi being a lefty. Yawara
said that Fujiko just had to get into the righty hold before Ohbayashi
could tie up lefty. Fujiko tried, but Ohbayashi was too experienced.
There were two minutes left in the match when Fujiko's parents started
to give up on her. They said that Fujiko had never gotten first place
in anything. Then they recalled all of the times when Fujiko was a
child that she had "fallen" from the spotlight. Everyone was starting
to fell depressed over Fujiko's unfortunate luck when Yawara yelled out,
"It isn't so!"
Then Fujiko finally grabbed Ohbayashi's collar with her right hand.
Fujiko was very happy and she started to get her "un, deux, trois"
timing. Then Fujiko unleashed her kurumiwari ningyou move. Fujiko
threw Ohbayashi and landed on top of her. The referee started to raise
his hand to signal the ippon. But the line judge said that they were
off the mat.
Fujiko got up and was very tired. But she was still thinking about going
to Yugoslavia with Yawara. The match resumed and Fujiko kept trying to
use her right hand to grab Ohbayashi's collar. But Ohbayashi kept
avoiding it. Then with less than ten seconds left, Ohbayashi kicked
Fujiko. Fujiko lost her balance, but didn't go down. Then Fujiko dove
at Ohbayashi's legs in a last minute desperation move. Fujiko took
Ohbayashi down and the referee gave her a yuukou, just as time ran out.
So the decision was up to the judges. When the referee asked for the
judges' decision, one raised the white flag and one raised the red flag.
Then the referee raised his hand in Ohbayashi's direction, giving her
That night they had a victory party for Yawara and Fujiko at a yakiniku
restaurant. They tried not to make Fujiko feel sad about her loss. But
Hanazono-kun said that Fujiko should have gotten that decision. Then
everyone became silent. Fujiko broke the silence by saying that she will
go to Saikai University and get even stronger. She also said that she
shouldn't have hoped to go to Yugoslavia for free in the first place.
Then Jigoro said that Fujiko will have many trips to foreign countries
later, whether she likes it or not. He said that all she had to do was
to train hard at Saikai University with Yawara. Yawara tried to say that
she was not going to go to Saikai, but everyone started to get lively.
Matsuda was working late for the headline of the next day's newspaper.
Although some companies held press conferences to say that Yawara was
going to join their companies, Matsuda was working on an article saying
that Yawara and Fujiko will go to Saikai University. When his boss
asked him about the information, Matsuda said that it was his hunch.
After the party, Hanazono-kun was very drunk and yelling loudly that
Fujiko should have won that match. Kazamatsuri said that he would take
Hanazono-kun home. Yawara asked Fujiko is she could stay over at her
apartment. But Fujiko said that Yawara didn't have to worry about her.
Then she went home by herself.
Later when Fujiko got home, she took out her judo uniform and started
to feel sad. Yawara had gone to Fujiko's apartment by herself and was
standing outside the door. Just when Yawara was going to knock on the
door, she heard a very loud scream from inside. Fujiko had started
crying out loud.
The next morning a crowd of reporters had gathered outside of Yawara's
house. Jigoro greeted them and the reporters felt a little disappointed
because they couldn't talk to Yawara in person. But Jigoro told them
that he will answer all questions. The reporters asked which company
Yawara was going to work for. Then Jigoro said that Yawara was going to
transfer to Saikai University. When the reporters asked to see Yawara,
Jigoro said that she had gone out after her morning practice. Then the
reporters hurried to Saikai University and Mitsuba Junior College.
Yawara went to Fujiko's apartment after school. But Fujiko wasn't there.
Fujiko had been absent from school that day also. When Yawara started to
think that Fujiko had committed suicide, Fujiko's neighbor came out and
said that Fujiko had left a short while ago.
At Tsurugame Travel Ohtaguro and his men were feeling a little sad after
giving up on Yawara. Then they received a phone call from Yawara telling
them that she would visit their office soon. Ohtaguro became worried.
He thought that Yawara was mad at them.
When the meeting began, everyone was feeling nervous. The Tsurugame men
congratulated Yawara on her victory. Then Yawara and the Tsurugame men
apologized at the same time. They were both surprised. Then Yawara
asked if it was not too late for her to apply to work at their company.
The Tsurugame men were shocked. Then Ohtaguro said that he would gladly
accept her. When one of his men said that they didn't have a judo club,
Yawara said that that was the reason why she choose Tsurugame. The
Tsurugame men were surprised again. Then they asked about her transfer
to Saikai University. Yawara said that she had never intended to go.
She also said that she would convince her grandfather on way or another.
After Yawara left Tsurugame Travel she called Fujiko again. But Fujiko
was still not home. Yawara knew that Fujiko was feeling very depressed.
She thought that all of the trouble had been caused by judo. When Yawara
got home, to her surprise, she saw Fujiko practicing with Jigoro in the
doujou. Fujiko wasn't sad at all. Fujiko looked very happy. When
Yawara walked into the doujou, Fujiko said that she had great news.
Fujiko said that their transfer to Saikai University had been approved
by the Saikai directors.