Keita Sakura goes out with Aya, the younger friend of his true love, Honoka. One day, he encounters her happily walking with a man, and he tries to give up on her. The man is actually a staff member of the university’s beauty contest, and he was only asking her to be in it. Honoka recommends to him that Aya enter the contest instead of herself. As Aya goes on to victory, and Keita realizes his misunderstanding, he and Honoka finally find their love for each other.
Keita Sakura is a university student who’s never had a girlfriend before, but he makes a fateful encounter with a beautiful classmate, Honoka Kurimiya. While he can’t confess his feelings, he happens to go out with a younger student, Aya Honami, who also happens to be a friend of Honoka. Keita can’t forget about Honoka, but comes to be pushed by Aya. One day, his cousin, Jun, comes to Tokyo to attend her friend’s wedding, and she tries to get him to confess his true feelings to Honoka.
Several years after the opening of the country in the Meiji Period, the Westernization has also come to a remote town where Gonzo, a clog maker, and his wife, Osei, live. While shoes take over from clogs, Gonzo hasn’t been able to make money from his business and owes Zenzo, who controls the town. Taking advantage of it, Zenzo tries to sleep with Osei, to much resentment. Tired of their poor life and Zenzo, Osei suggests Gonzo they quit clog making and go live with her older brother who has a business in Osaka, but Gonzo doesn’t agree from his pride as an artisan, and from lack of money to travel. So Osei plans to make money to get out of the town by pretending she’s dead and receiving condolence money from Zenzo. Hearing the news from Gonzo, Zenzo rushes to their house, but as he sees Osei lying on the futon, he realizes she’s not dead. But he doesn’t say a word and invites Gonzo to his house, while letting his grandsons, Sadakichi and Mokichi keep watch on Osei. When they arrive at his house, Zenzo offers Gonzo sake, suggesting he can drink as much as he wants to heal his sorrow. Gonzo keeps drinking as it’s poured, as Zenzo has planned. His intention is to take Osei, while a drunk Gonzo sleeps.
The year is 2021 and years of mismanagement have left Japan a broken society riddled with poverty and underemployment. Kenji is visibly disabled and has an inferiority complex. Shinji is released from prison and has time in his hands. They both coincidentally sign up at a club for boxing and soon become friends.
Based on a comic, which sometimes adapted to other entertainment media. At the nightlife Mecca in Tokyo, Kikunosuke was born as a child outside marriage and raised by Tatsukichi, who is the female manager of Japanese traditional restaurant. Tatsukichi drills Kikunosuke hard in a Japanese traditional string instrument, Shamisen, and continence. However, Kikunosuke becomes a “man” by a Geisha, Botan when he turns 18, then he becomes a man who do sex for female and compensates for their unsatisfied physical and mental emptiness as his job, called “Saoshi (The rod master).” Also, he sets up for himself as a master of Shamisen. One day, a lonely club hostess, Nami, appears in front of Kikunosuke. Nami cannot get satisfied with sex and comes to Kikunosuke. He tried to make her happy with using various techniques, yet he gives up. With despaired and humiliated, Kikunosuke goes on a trip to become the best “Saoshi.” Then, Kikunosuke meets Yukino, has many struggles, at a bar, and he decides to sleep with Yukino. However, a mysterious man watching at them from outside.
Tadao returns from Tokyo to live in his home town. Living with his parents, he gets a job fixing radios and TV sets. He catches up with an old school friend, Tetsuji. One night Tetsuji decides to elope to Tokyo with a bar hostess.