|“||Being short like you are isn't a disadvantage. If anything, it's an advantage, because it makes your opponent assume that you're not a threat||”|
—Yuka Kurumatani, to Sora Kurumatani
Yuka Kurumatani (車谷由夏, Kurumatani Yuka) is the wife of Tomohisa Kurumatani and the mother of Sora Kurumatani who played basketball and became a member of the national team and she inspired Sora to follow in her footsteps.
Yuka is a average sized woman with short black hair and black eyes.
She can be seen wearing winter clothes, her basket ball uniform and a hospital uniform throughout the show.
Yuka is a very kind and caring woman who supported Sora Kurumatani to play basketball and helped him to overcome his feelings of unfairness from being short. She is also very encouraging and often seen happy even though she has health problems.
Yuka was very sick and hospitalized a lot in her late childhood up to this day that her illness got serious and she was pronounced dead a few hours later after Sora Kurumatani's first match in the inter-high prelims.
- The name Yuka means "reason, case, cause" (由) (yu) and "summer" (夏) (ka).
- Yuka's surname Kurumatani means "car" (車) (kuruma) and "valley" (谷) (tani).