By the next year, Misora's muscular way of singing "Yawara" and its tenuous connection with the 1964 Olympics helped the song become a monster hit with listeners. It sold 1.8 million records, and Misora sang the song not only on the 1964 Kohaku but also on the show in 1965 as well. And it earned the Grand Prize at the Japan Record Awards. Although in the video below, she is dressed in a flashy gown, she often sang "Yawara" in male dress as well.
The song was written by Shinichi Sekizawa（関沢新一） who was also a screenwriter for a number of monster movies such as "Mothra" and "Godzilla vs. King Kong"! The composer was Masao Koga（古賀政男）.