You're the one who inspired me, Seiji. I'm glad I pushed myself. I know myself a little bit better now.
~ Shizuku to Seiji Amasawa
Shizuku Tsukishima is the protagonist of Whisper of the Heart. Shizuku attends the local Junior High School and is currently sitting tests to get into High School. She loves reading and frequently writes alternative lyrics to the song "Country Roads" (originally by John Denver) She then notices that all the library books she is borrowing have previously been checked out by the mysterious Seiji Amasawa. Shizuku gets distracted easily and has to apologise for day dreaming in class at school. She loves writing too and writes a novel called "Whisper of the Heart" hence the name of the film. Shizuku also has an enemy towards the start of the film, the boy who she keeps running into and annoys her by reading her song lyrics when she left her book in the park and signing them around town as well as using the annoying phrase "take a wild guess." Shizuku is just starting teenage years and is trying to find her place in the world as she is unsure what career option to take and is undermined by Seiji's great violin making ambitions. She's generally good-natured although she has the tendency to fly into a rage and call people "jerks.'
Shizuku Tsukishima is thirteen years old, and she has short brown hair and black eyes. At the start of the movie, she is seen wearing a buttoned yellow shirt and yellow skirt to go with it. Later however, she wears a red shirt with a white collar, a yellow skirt and a flat straw hat with a purple band around it.