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''The Rows Of Cherry Trees'' (さくら並木,''Sakura namiki'') by Takahashi Makoto is a one-volume manga from 1957 that could be considered a precursor to the YuriGenre.

The 4-chapter story centers around three students (first year Yukiko Nakahara, second year Ayako Sunayama and third year Chikage Maki) competing in a ping-pong tournament at the Sakura Girls' Institute. It also delves in Yukiko's mind and backstory, how Chikage became a huge influence in her life, and how much she adores her.

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!!This manga provides examples of:

* BecauseYouWereNicetoMe: Yukiko's actual reason to like Chikage so much. [[spoiler: Professor Nakahara's illness and eventual death left the family almost destitute, and they had to sell their original home. Chikage's parents purchased it, Yukiko met Chikage when checking on its surroundings in a fit of nostalgia, and Chikage was very gentle and understanding when she found out why. (Plus Chikage's father helped out Yukiko's mom to get a higher-paying job.)]] As a result, Yukiko pretty much fell for Chikage and transferred to her school to be as close to her as possible.
* BerserkButton: Chikage is so adored by some of the Sakura Institute girls that calling her as anything ''but'' "Oneesama" (or at least "Chikage-san") will make her fangirls bare their teeth at the offender. i.e., the unnamed FatGirl refers to her as "that third-year" and states she's nothing special, and the following pannel has an older girl throw a fit at that.
* CherryBlossoms: Cherry trees and flowers are a major motif, as one can see from the manga name alone. In fact, the story begins with an OpeningNarration that talks about the Sakura Girls' Institute, how it's located in a place named ''Sakuragaoka'' (Cherry Blossom Hill), how it's chock full of cherry trees themselves...
* ClingyJealousGirl: Ayako, towards Chikage.
* CreatorProvincialism: The author of the manga, Makoto Takahashi, is from Osaka. Understandably, the story is set there.
* DanceOfRomance: Subverted: Yukiko has an ImagineSpot where she sees herself dancing with Chikage... but then Ayako and other girls step in and bully Yukiko until they shoo her away, and then Ayako takes Yukiko's place as Chikage's dance partner.
* DisappearedDad: Yukiko's father died of some undescribed illness. She was quite the DaddysGirl before that happened, and she remembers him very fondly.
* DotingParent: Yukiko's mother loves her "Yuki-chan" a lot and is very sweet and doting to her.
* EyeScream: Downplayed: when [[spoiler: Yukiko walks up to Chikage to challenge her]] towards the end, one of the nearby players gets distracted and then gets hit in the eye with a pingpong ball, but she shrugs it off like nothing.
* FatBastard:
** The below mentioned FatGirl is ''kind'' of a JerkAss.
** Chikage's housekeeper ''seems'' to be this, but she's mostly cranky due to circumstances. When Chikage gets her to calm down, she's ''far'' more agreeable and even apologizes to Yukiko for [[spoiler: unfairly accusing her of being a thief.]]
* FatGirl: One of Yukiko's fellow first years and cheerleaders is a GenkiGirl who's ''much'' chubbier than others.
* HairDecorations: Chikage uses cute headbands.
* HeroicBSOD: Yukiko suffers an intense one when [[spoiler: she finds out that her classmates think she deliberately let Chikage win.]] She more or less recovers after having a good cry, but she does wonder [[spoiler: if she unintentionally did it.]]
* GossipyHens: Yukiko's classmates are seen chatting about [[spoiler: her loss to Chikage]] and wondering if [[spoiler: Yukiko threw the match on purpose.]] The implication that [[spoiler: Ayako might have started spreading the rumors]] doesn't help.
* LongHairIsFeminine: Both Yukiko and Chikage are {{girly girl}}s and keep their hair quite long. On the other hand, Ayako is kind of a {{tomboy}} and has matching BoyishShortHair.
* [[NoGuyWantsToBeChased No Girl Wants To Be Chased]]: Ayako fawns over Chikage and clings to her during practice and when it's time to go home, but that turns Chikage off.
* NostalgicMusicbox: Yukiko has one that her late father gave her. It plays [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zzAvc_iHEI Schumann's Traumerei - Reverie]]
* OneGenderSchool: Sakura Girls' Institute
* OneeSama: Chikage is the affectionate type, and all the girls openly refer to her by the trope. [[spoiler: When Yukiko does ''not'', it's to silently challenge her to a match after Chikage has been avoiding her.]]
* OpeningNarration: The manga starts with one that lasts for several pages, describing the Institute at first and then talking about feelings, cherry blossoms, etc.
* PassionateSportsGirl: The three girls are this to one or another degree, as they're all ''really'' good at table-tennis and not exactly willing to lose their matches.
* PlayingSick: Yukiko claims to have a headache in order to get out of ping-pong practice; in reality, she's angsting over her relationship with Chikage.
* PresentTenseNarrative: The narration showcases [[FirstPersonPerspective Yukiko's POV]] and describes her day-by-day routine as the LoveTriangle develops.
* PurpleProse: The narration tends towards this with tis long, elaborated, elegant paragraphs, which feel exaggerated at times.
* RomanticTwoGirlFriendship: The plot centers around the Class S LoveTriangle between Yukiko, Chikage, and Ayako.
* SailorFuku: Subverted: the cover (seen above) has two girls wearing ''seifuku'', and the initial pages feature girls wearing ''seifuku'' too... but the Sakura Institute has more Western-looking outfits for their students.
* SempaiKohai: Chikage is a third-year student and Yukiko is a first-year one, so their relationship starts as this.
* SparklingStreamOfTears: With the emphasis on "sparkling": sometimes, the tears are ''shaped like stars''.
* ShowerOfAngst: Yukiko has one [[spoiler: after losing against Chikage]]. She has another when at home, but it's somewhat less angsty.
* TextileWorkIsFeminine: Mrs. Nakayama is seen sewing and embroidering, is ''very'' good at the latter, and according to Yukiko she sells some of her embroidery works to get a bit more money.
* TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse: Averted, the Institute is specifically said to be in Osaka.
* {{Tsurime Eyes}}: Ayako has these, representing her straightforward and more aggressive personality.
* WidowWoman: Yukiko's mother, logically. She does her best to be the best mom possible to Yukiko, but she's clearly still in mourning [[TheLostLenore for her beloved husband]].
* WillNotBeAVictim: After [[spoiler: losing to Chikage]], Yukiko falls into depression... but then she decides not to mope any longer and goes on to face her.
* WrongAssumption:
** When Yukiko [[spoiler: loses to Chikage]], the first-year girls assume [[spoiler: she threw the match to suck up to her]].
** Later, as Yukiko angsts about herself and Chikage, Yukiko's mother makes no questions but assumes that she's mourning for the family's dead patriarch. [[TheMourningAfter Then, she begins to cry too.]]
** In the backstory, [[spoiler: Yukiko tried to take a closer look to her former home, now inhabited by Chikage's rich family. The housekeeper and the AngryGuardDog assume she's a thief and the first even drags her arohnd, but Chikage intervenes and Yukiko gets the chance to explain herself.]]
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