Element wind Lt. Col. Yoshiko Kawashima
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Lt. Col. Yoshiko Kawashima
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Kana 中佐・ 川島 よし子*
Romaji Chūsa・Kawashima Yoshiko*
Age 28[1]
Eye color Brown
Hair color Light Brown
Home Japan
Element Wind Element wind

Library EntryEdit

Called a star and the hero of the continent, She will do anything to achieve her goal. An expert marksman.


Also known as Lieutenant Colonel Yoshiko Kawashima, she is the biological daughter of Naniwa Kawashima. During Shadow Hearts, Yoshiko was sent in to investigate the incident in the train at the Trans-Siberian Railroad and pursues Alice to discover how the men escorting her were slaughtered.

It is revealed that Kawashima planned Alice’s capture and was sending her as a gift to her father. She was also planning to take Alice because she knew Dehuai required her to destroy Japan. She used her power and status to make sure nobody could defeat Japan.

Because of this, Kawashima does not trust people very easily and will eliminate anyone who, to her eyes, aren’t trustworthy. Kawashima never reported back any details of her actions to the Capital. This caused an investigation to be done and coupled with her father deserting her, eventually led to her execution. She had also wished to live as freely as Yuri had.

She is a temporary playable character when her DNA is reborn as Ouka in Shadow Hearts: Covenant.


Cut ContentEdit


Playable Kawashima

Kawashima was planned to be temporarily playable during the events of Shadow Hearts development, although this was changed as her relationship with Yuri was reconsidered.[2]

With this change happening at a fairly late stage in development, a mostly-complete playable version of her still exists within the game files. She has a complete set of animations for battle intros, attacking, taking damage, fainting, and a victory pose - excepting a proper looping animation for her victory pose, causing her model to glitch, although the game itself is unaffected.

There is also no associated inbattle sounds with her; she makes no noises when attacking, being hit, or using items.

She attacks with a gun, much like Margarete, but shooting with a one-hand grip, and has no special abilities. She has no menu icon, just a glitched mess, and also can't be viewed from the playable character viewer.

Real LifeEdit

Based on Aisin Gioro Xianyu, she was born in 1907 Beijing, China as the 14th daughter to Shanqi, the 10th son of Prince Su of the Manchu imperial family. Her life was short and complicated.

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The real-life Yoshiko Kawashima

Adopted at the age of eight by her father's friend, Naniwa Kawashima, a Japanese espionage agent and mercenary adventurer after the Xinhai Revolution, she was renamed Yoshiko, taking on their family name also.

In her teens, she claimed to have been raped by Naniwa's father, and later began an affair with Naniwa himself. She had many lovers, both male and female, but did marry, though it lasted only two years before divorce.

In her adulthood, she became an intelligence officer, aiding the Japanese before, and during, the events of the second Sino-Japanese war. She frequently crossdressed, in both her capacity as a spy, and her private life. She assisted in creating the Japanese-controlled puppet state of Manchukuo, and was used as a figure of propaganda when her uses as a spy were compromised.

Following the end of WWII, and victory of the Chinese, she was arrested, imprisoned, and tried for treason. She was found guilty, and in March 1948, she was executed as a race-traitor, with a pistol-shot to the back of the head.


  1. Judgement Book released with SH1 preorders lists age as 28.
  2. @MachidaMatsuzo - Yoshiko Kawashima originally had the idea of wanting to be a play character that can be manipulated, but changed it into a way of drawing to reconsider the life involved with the main character.

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