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''TheRowsOfCherryTrees'' by Takahashi Makoto is a one-shot manga from 1957 that could be considered a precursor to the YuriGenre. The story centers around three students competing in a ping-pong tournament at the Sakura Girls' Institute.

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!!This manga provides examples of:

* CherryBlossoms
* ClingyJealousGirl: Ayako towards Chikage
* DisappearedDad: Yukiko's father died of some undescribed illness.
* NostalgicMusicbox: Yukiko has one that her late father gave her.
* OneGenderSchool: Sakura Girls' Institute
* OneeSama: Chikage is the affectionate type.
* OpeningNarration
* 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
* PurpleProse: The narration tends towards this.
* RomanticTwoGirlFriendship: The plot centers around the Class S LoveTriangle between Yukiko, Chikage, and Ayako.
* SempaiKohai: Chikage and Yukiko
* SparklingStreamOfTears: With the emphasis on "sparkling."
* ShowerScene
* {{Tsurime Eyes}}: Ayako
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