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This page is about the beatmania IIDX DJ Tsugaru. For the DDRMAX2 -DanceDanceRevolution 7thMIX- song, see TSUGARU.

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Tsugaru, in school uniform

Character Information

Old DJ #17/New DJ #15 - TSUGARU
Full Name: Tsugaru Hishimiya (菱宮津軽)
Pronunciation - tsugaru (津軽/つがる)
Age - 13
Blood type - A
Birthplace - Aomori
Likes - good-cool, Osamu Kubota, piano, harp, koto music, candy
Introduced in - beatmania IIDX 8th style
Voice Actress - Rie Kugimiya

Character Backstory

The young daughter of a wealthy former zaibatsu family, Tsugaru is the student council president at the Tokyo Private Boarding School, the same school Daruma attends. She's about the same age Nyah's younger sister would be if she were still alive, and there's a striking resemblance between the two.

Tsugaru's parents have great hopes for her, and she is expected to set the standard for the rest of the students in the school. Due to this situation, she's placed under enormous stress every day. Perhaps as a reaction to this, she's taken around to wandering around town late at night to blow off steam. She has to sneak in to game centers and clubs that enforce age limits on entry. Her cool, professional demeanor from the daytime disappears at night, and she feels free to act more herself. Through IIDX, she was drawn to Daruma, who she felt had a different sort of freedom than she had. She tries to make her way into Celica's group, but suffers from insecurity about her own ability to draw people to her.

Despite having to sneak into game centers to play IIDX, Tsugaru has managed to make faster progress than Daruma. She dislikes Zilch, with his weird hairdo, and Duel's strange way of speaking.


  • Tsugaru and Nyah were the third set of figurines released by GOLI.
  • A robotic figure version of Tsugaru made an appearance on the tenth episode of Busou Shinki, an anime series based on KONAMI's Busou Shinki line of action figures. Rie Kugimiya reprises her role as Tsugaru in this episode.
  • Tsugaru appears in the mini-game "Pairs N' Pairs!!" in KONAMI's THE★BishiBashi arcade game.
  • Tsugaru appears in KONAMI's arcade game BOMBERGIRL.
  • Tsugaru is one of the announcer voices in beatmania IIDX 28 BISTROVER. Rie Kugimiya reprises her role from the drama CDs for it, as confirmed by KONAMI here.
  • Tsugaru is credited as the artist for Eternal Tears, with her voice actress providing the song's vocals.

Video Appearances

beatmania IIDX Characters
Yuz - Celica - Duel - Siren - Shilow - Nix - Q-Jack - Erika - Nyah - Shiki - K-na - Zilch - Lilith - Ereki
Shem - Daruma - Tsugaru - Iroha - Eiri - Tekka - Sakura - Xiatian - Hihumi - Ameto - Saya - Fireboy - Himiko
TRAN - Mika - Yuri - Akane - Tart&Toffee - Emiru - Aki - Kana - Tora Yamato - Acty Aries
Killer - Licht - DJ Robo - Tsurugi Ohabari - Futsu Futaba - Chronos - Kairos