Tsuruko Aoyama (青山 鶴子 Aoyama Tsuruko) is the eldest daughter of the Aoyama family; head family of the Shinmei-ryu school of swordsmanship.
She is the current master-swordswoman of the school, which is charged with the protection of the Kyoto Magic Association.
Possessing a somewhat eccentric personality, Tsuruko is ethical and tolerant, to a point. She was brought up to follow traditional Japanese morals of the warrior class; meaning to follow obligation, politeness and duty. As a result she seems to be somewhat naive to the “ways of the modern world”, even more so than her sister and is relatively easy to fool. Her righteous temper is perhaps what makes her dangerous, able to intimidate that strongest of individuals while still appearing pleasant.
Her appearance and clothing resembles that of traditional Japan, often only seen wearing her hakuma during Shinmei-ryu affairs, though she does sometimes wear more modern clothing. Her hair, too, is usually just worn straight in a traditional Japanese cut.
Tsuruko is strong willed and difficult to sway when she has made up her mind. Her knowledge and skills with the Shinmei-ryu arts are unparalleled; being one of the most powerful swordswomen in the style’s history.
As head of the Shinmei-ryu school, Tsuruko trained Setsuna on occasion; teaching her about the Hina Blade (having presumably loaned it from the Urashima Family for the lesson) and accidentally becoming possessed by it in the process.
Tsuruko also seems to be one of the Shinmei-ryu representatives who brought Setsuna Sakurazaki to the Kansai Magic School to be Konoka Konoe’s private bodyguard.
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