Shinobu is Kosaku Kawajiri's indifferent housewife and Hayato's mother. Her dull life is brightened when her husband mysteriously changes his demeanour and her love for her husband is renewed, unaware that Kosaku is in fact Yoshikage Kira in disguise.
Shinobu is a woman of seemingly average height and slim build, with hair that is parted to the right and tied back in a low ponytail. Sometimes, like in her first appearance, she will tie back several locks of hair that are part of her bangs.
She wears several different outfits throughout the series, most of them having skirts and patterns such as polka-dots.
Shinobu has a personality closer to that of a younger woman than a responsible mother, detesting her marriage. While she felt no hatred towards Kosaku, her relationship with him was cold and full of regret. She wished for more excitement in her life and often lashed out at her husband and son out of frustration. Though she resents her son for trapping her in her marriage, she occasionally reaches out to him, only to be ignored. She is very pleased when he finally begins to return her affection.
However, once her husband's appearance is stolen, her relationship with her "husband" improved as his new sudden care for her. From cooking meals, stealing money for the landlord, and protecting her from Stray Cat, Shinobu's romantic affections for her "husband" are rekindled, excited by his sudden change in personality. By the end of Part 4, she lovingly awaits his return but is unaware that both her original husband and the man who took his identity are gone.
She claims to have the type of character that is usually liked by cats.
Shinobu first met Kosaku Kawajiri in community college and dated him because her friends thought he was cool. They married when she became pregnant. After years in a passionless marriage, she has grown to resent her husband and would have divorced him long ago if not for their son Hayato.
Diamond is Unbreakable
Shinobu's feelings for Kosaku change when, unbeknownst to her, Yoshikage Kira takes on his appearance in an attempt to hide from Josuke Higashikata. In an attempt to blend in with Kosaku's family, Kira starts to treat her well, and Shinobu suddenly finds herself harboring romantic feelings towards her spouse after many years.
Shinobu eventually encounters Tama in the cellar of her house. Trying to scare it away, Shinobu accidentally causes the cat's death. Wanting vengeance, Tama, reincarnated in the Stand Stray Cat, attacks her by ripping off one of her toenails using its ability. She is saved from its attack by Kira, leaving her more in love than ever.
On the morning of Bites the Dust's time loop, Shinobu's favorite Wedgwood china set is destroyed. She initially lashes out at Hayato, taking this as proof that he doesn't care about her at all, and tells him to go ahead and do whatever he wants from now on. Kira calms her down and kisses her goodbye as Hayato watches angrily.
The last time the morning is repeated, Hayato avoids the conflict with his mother and kisses her goodbye for the first time in years, promising silently to protect her. She is confused but pleased by the change in his demeanor, and ignores Kira.
After Kira is killed, Hayato does not have the courage to tell her that Kosaku is dead, and Shinobu continues to wait for her husband to come home.
Chapters / Episodes
- “I know right now, I should be afraid, and maybe disdainful of this scumbag of a husband... But after witnessing that brazen theft firsthand... for the very first time... after more than a dozen years of living together... How romantic! ...Is all I can think!”
- “I was glad. That was the closest thing [Kosaku and I have] ever really been. So this morning is the happiest I've been in a long time.”
In the light novel JORGE JOESTAR, an incarnation of Shinobu lives in the 37th universe. She appears the same and is still the wife of Kosaku and mother of Hayato. However, she works as an election official. After detectives get closer to finding Yoshikage Kira, he brutally murders Shinobu and Hayato.
Seeing Kars, Kosaku orders Shinobu and Hayato to run away. Shinobu is at a loss seeing her husband's reaction and accidentally bumps the table, knocking over hot soup on her hand. She asks what's going on and whether Kosaku knows them. Kosaku once again desperately asks his family to leave causing Shinobu to drag Hayato out of the house's back door.