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I got this tattoo... The queen of the night. Whether it was one night... Or even just one glance. I wanted to see you one more, Kazuma. And my wish... was granted.
— Yumi to Kiryu, Yakuza Kiwami

Yumi Sawamura (澤村 由美, Sawamura Yumi) is a character in the first Yakuza, as well its remake. She is a former hostess of Serena, the apparent sister of Mizuki Sawamura and the mother of Haruka Sawamura.

Profile[edit | edit source]

Appearance[edit | edit source]

In 1995, Yumi has long hair. She wears a white cardigan, a black knee-length skirt, and a pair of heels. She is also seen wearing a blue suit jacket with a blue skirt and blue heels.
In 2005, she has much shorter hair, revealing a silver pair of earrings. She wears a black long-sleeved blouse with a cream pair of trousers and black shoes. She also wears the type of chain belt barkeepers use to hold their keys on. She has a "Queen of the Night" lotus tattoo on her chest that she states symbolizes her love for Kiryu.

Personality[edit | edit source]

Yumi is a sweet and tender woman who cares very much for her family. She gains the admiration of many.

Background[edit | edit source]

Yumi is a close friend of Kazuma Kiryu and Akira Nishikiyama, both of whom she grew up with at Sunflower Orphanage. She became an orphan due to her parents being killed after accidentally getting caught in the middle of a shootout between rival Yakuza, of which Shintaro Kazama was directly responsible for their deaths. Though she was initially distant, Yuko Nishikiyama would convince her to open herself up, resulting in her becoming closer with the other orphans. After Kiryu and Nishiki's departure from the orphanage, with 's assistance, she too left and graduated from junior college, living a life of independence. In order to stay close to her friends, she left for Kamurocho in 1990 and began working at the bar Serena as a hostess. There, she builds a trusting relationship with Reina, the bar's proprietress.

Involvement[edit | edit source]

Yakuza/Yakuza Kiwami: 1995-2005[edit | edit source]

At the start of the game, Kiryu and Nishiki buy presents for Yumi, showing their friendship with her. The initial conflict of the game happens when Sohei Dojima, the Patriarch of the Dojima Family of which both Kiryu and Nishiki are members of, attempts to kidnap and rape Yumi. This causes Nishiki to shoot and kill him. Kiryu volunteers to take the blame for the shooting in order to allow Nishiki to spend time with his sister who is on her deathbed. The trauma of Yumi's experience causes her to lose her memory, and she disappears from the hospital shortly after being admitted.

Later, off-screen, she married Kyohei Jingu, but shortly after their daughter, Haruka Sawamura's birth, Jingu leaves Yumi for a more profitable marriage to the Prime Minister's daughter. Due to the risk to Jingu's career that the existence of his ex-wife and secret daughter posed, he tried to have them assassinated.

As a result of the shock of an unsuccessful assassination attempt on herself and Haruka, Yumi regains her memory. With Kazama's help, Yumi is given a new identity, and goes into hiding, placing Haruka in Sunshine Orphanage in order to keep her safe. She pretends to be Mizuki, Yumi's younger sister, and under her false name works at Serena, staying close to Haruka, who she visits at the orphanage frequently.

After Kiryu is released from prison, Yumi goes missing again and is suspected to have the ten billion yen hidden somewhere. Kiryu tracks her down, and she is able to be reunited with Haruka and Kiryu at the top floor of the Millennium Tower in the Ares bar, where she admits to Kiryu that she alwas had feelings for him since she was young. There, Kiryu and Nishiki have one final battle with Kiryu emerging the victor. At this point, Jingu arrives and attempts to kill Kiryu and Haruka, but Yumi takes a bullet for them, saving their lives. Jingu and Nishiki then die in an explosion Nishiki triggers that scatters the ten billion yen all over Kamurocho.

She then dies from her wounds in front of Kiryu and her daughter, who cries out for her. Later, she is buried along with Nishiki and Kazama in the cemetery. 

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 (December 16, 2005) - 「龍が如く」 主要登場人物紹介 (Ryū ga Gotoku shuyō tōjō jinbutsu shōkai, lit. "Ryū ga Gotoku main character introduction") - Archive
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