Throughout my junior and senior high school years, I always thought of A-ko as a jersey girl. Sometimes she came to my school in her school uniform, but she had no girlish charm.
She didn't wear cute hair ornaments or frilly clothes. Of course, they didn't study with their hair in a mess, and although they were clean, they didn't have the time or money to spend on fashion.
The word "frugal" is a strange word for a girl, but for A-ko, it fits her perfectly. I did not know anything about prewar education, but I could imagine it from watching my parents. A long time ago, she was a Yamato Nadeshiko from historical novels.
This is no coincidence. I have a number of top-ranked students from various junior high schools in my cram school, but most of the girls in the science field have almost zero girlishness.
They speak more methodically than the average boy. And they are very honest and sound. It makes me think that the future of Japan is bright.