Cut scene: Chihaya sitting with her mouth open, astonished at the card layout
Caption: Dueling with Yamamoto Yumi, former Queen of karuta.
Apparently, on Yamamoto's side, there are 5 single syllable cards, 7 three syllable cards, and the remaining are all two syllable cards.
Is this just inviting me to attack (her side)?
My luck is really good! Chihaya thinks as Yamamoto places the "chihayafuru" card down at the left end, in an easy position for Chihaya to reach for it.
Chihaya pauses to think of a telecast she watched of when Yamamoto-san won the title of Queen. She was in her last year of college. When the interviewer asked how she felt, all Yamamoto-san could say among her tears was, "Kitano-sensei..." as she wiped her tears with the back of her hand. Chihaya had been watching with Harada-sensei and the others at the Shiranami Society, at which point Harada had both hers and Hiroshi-kun's heads in a lock, saying, "Kitano is one annoying bastard, but he is his disciples' number 1 fan! (TN: the translation says 曲範, which means music fan? I'm not sure how to translate that...) Everyone! When you become Meijin or Queen, don't forget to sing my praises!"
Those tears when she was saying her mentor's name... Chihaya notices that those same calloused hands that were shown on TV are the same hands in front of her now--a product of habitually placing her knuckles against the tatami mat year after year. Someone who kept trying harder and harder until finally, she realized her dream. She recalls Harada-sensei telling her that Yamamoto was a formidable opponent.