Okay, a bit different than my initial thoughts, but here's my first crack at a character.
•Name: Kanako Shimada
•Sexuality: Lesbian, but won't necessarily advertise it much.
•Appearance: Taller than average with a small build bordering on willowy, though modestly endowed when it comes to her more feminine physical development. Added to a fair complexion, dark brown eyes and long black hair complete with straight bangs and side bangs, Kanako's the spitting image of a Yamato Nadeshiko. At home she even dresses like one, wearing feminine blouses and skirts, and often yukata and kimonos Outsdie the home she make a great effort to look different, pulling her hair into a rough ponytail, insisting on wearing an outdated ankle length skirt with her uniform and donning fingerless leather gloves. She wears little makeup in the former case, and never in the latter.
•Personality: Usually fairly outgoing and sociable, and often she acts as if she doesn't care about others' opinions of her. She gets confrontational when she senses she's being criticized, and sometimes even makes threats if things get too tense. Yet she also tends to back down from the initial confrontation, making her threats largely hollow. Much of what she does is for the thrill of things, which can come off as impulsive hedonism. Despite her 'I don't care' attitude, she can be incredibly supportive of those few she becomes close to. Kanako can also be self-effacing when praised or trying to make someone feel better; if they can laugh at her, they won't think about their own problems she thinks. At school she likes physical activities including sports, even if she's terrible at most of them.
At home or sometimes on the town she's almost a totally different person. In addition to her more effeminate clothing, she becomes much more reserved and polite. She almost always defers to anyone representing authority or higher social position, assisting them at her own expense. Her tendency to back down from confrontations stems from this. In short, she remains a proper Yamato Nadeshiko in the home while attempting to be totally different and independent outside such settings. Universally, though, she has a strong enough determination to pursue personal goals to ludicrous ends if necessary.
•Skills: Very good at cleaning, cooking and sewing, even though she'll deny it to classmates. Other than that, she has some training in karate from her one time intended fiancee. Notably she enjoys sports even though she has no talent in them, save perhaps riding a bicycle. In addition, she has no musical talent to speak of either and the less said about her singing the better.
•Biography: Kanako was brought up in a very tradition-minded upper middle class family, and was the spitting image of both her mother and older sister. Both of them had been classic Japanese beauties, skilled in domestic abilities and carrying themselves with humility and quiet determination. As the newest project in creating a Yamato Nadeshiko (in order to make the family seem even more classy), Kanako was constantly compared to both women and held to even higher standards. Constantly seeking their approval Kanako fought hard to mold herself into a proper young lady, and slowly became one. Until the marriage arranged by her parents came up, and her fiancee was brought over to visit.
At her private mission school, Kanako had noticed her attraction to her female classmates rather early. It troubled her that she felt so strongly about her best friend, and no one could tell her what was going on. Finally after watching a drama on TV, she decided to kiss her friend.. that's what you did, she thought. This resulted in her being asked to leave the private school just before her fiancee came to visit. Kanako tried hard to like him, but kept finding herself more interested in his sister instead. It would be a little while longer before she accepted that she did in fact like girls instead of boys.
After the kissing incident, Kanako's parents raised enough money to send her to Kansai to attend school. Feeling betrayed at this Kanako began to consciously dress and act in a way counter to the behavior instilled in her since childhood. Her experimentation led to a sort of Yanki look and attitude, though some habits just die hard. Despite her desire to strike out on her own, Kanako doesn't want to be disowned either. This means that at home she still acts as expected, becoming her other personality outside only. Since she lives in her uncle's home (he's away on business), her parents don't know much about how she acts at school. Yet because her uncle is better off and kind enough to allow her to stay in the home, Kanako tries not to 'spoil' the place with her outside personality. It's also a lot of work to be someone different, so reverting to old ways is easier once she's home.
edited 15th Sep '11 12:44:59 AM by Bombadillo