Background: Sachiko Morisato immigrated to California some time ago with her young son when she made too many enemies of the Japanese magi. A hereditary priestess as well as Martial Artist Mage and seamstress, Sachiko is older than she looks, a Master of Matter with extensive array of spiritual, telepathic, and life-based powers to compliment those abilities. Her most recent hobbies include fan-subbing anime and rebuilding old cars.
She was able to acquire a Node and concentrate it as the Cherry Blossom Temple outside of Santa Barbra. Parishioners of Shinto from all over California come there to worship on major holidays, acquiring lucky arrows and other talismans appropriate to the season. The shrine is open to other alternative religions, and the curious know that, if they come with open and respectful minds, they’ll find well informed priests.
Her son Takumi runs a small martial arts dojo when not helping out around the temple. He is known and respected as a martial arts and athletics sensei who sometimes helps people out with their problems a la Quai Chane Kain, rewards being accepted but not asked for.
He’s a bachelor with a slight (and sometimes exaggerated) reputation as a playboy, more because the women he falls in love with either move on after passionate affairs or die than because he engages in overly casual relationships. One such woman was a blue eyed and busty Rom named Catalina, who died baring him a daughter.
At least, that’s what they told Kumiko. She recently gained the courage to peer back in time to the moment of her mother’s death and saw herself cradled in the arms of an elf, when men with iron knives burst down the door. (OR whatever else the storyteller considers an appropriate plot hook.)
Takumi loves his daughter Kumiko very much, and they spend a lot of time training together, translating anime, hunting demons, and just dining as a family. Their relationship is sometimes strained, though, by Kumiko’s guilt over her mother dying in childbirth and growing independence issues based on being a 20 year old who still lives at home and is going into the family business.
Kumiko was noted as a gifted athlete and martial artist by her father and teachers right from the start. Neither the best nor worst student in school, she generally managed Bs and Cs with minimal effort. She did have a few mental talents, though. She picked up on languages fast, being equally fluent in English, Japanese, Cantonese and Spanish. She does occasionally slip into a sort of “border speech” and mix her languages, especially when she’s nervous.
She kept very busy growing up, doing little with her family besides training and translating anime. Her friends were mostly boys and a few girls who shared her love of martial arts or skating, and they formed a sort of spook squad together. She did have one boyfriend named Ben Kendal in high school, and her relationship with him grew passionate, but dissolved when he was unwilling to give up his virginity with her. The tension grew too great, and he, being a more cerebral boy, couldn’t really keep up with his highly athletic girlfriend.
Her skater crew narrowed down to a spook squad with the strength of will to do investigative work pertaining to her family’s “second job”, demon hunting, and narrowed to a crew of 5 others, John Steel, Jackie Lee, Kokoro Kino, and Ian and Naomi Silverstien. However, they separated out to various colleges while Kumiko devoted 2 years to the Olympics.