Shizuka's mother, more commonly referred to as Mrs. Minamoto, is a character who appeared in the Doraemon series. Like her daughter Shizuka Minamoto, Mrs. Minamoto is a very kind woman. She is very affectionate to Shizuka and her friends. She appears in many episodes in the series. In many episodes, when Nobita comes to Shizuka's house either to show some gadget or call her to his house for homework or to play or else he comes to play and sometimes study at her house, Mrs. Minamoto is often seen telling Nobita that she has gone to the library, or the market, or to her piano/violin class or worst case she is with Dekisugi.
Her name possibly is revealed to be Michiko from the episode in which Nobita and Doraemon went to the past to see young Tamako. She gave Tamako a novel named "Long Legged Gentleman" as a gift before she moved away.
In the Doraemons Special, it is revealed that she was once a successful violinist and has been with her future husband since high school. She had a remarkable resemblance to her future daughter. She has also been a good friend of Tamako since then.
She has an artist father, who is the maternal grandfather of Shizuka and also the father-in-law of Yoshio Minamoto.
She has great cooking skills which encourage Shizuka to cook some food herself too.
Shizuka-chan's mother had dark brown hair and black eyes in the 1979 anime. Her hair is usually tied up in a bun. In the 2005 anime, she has black hair as well as the usual dark eyes. Her hair is now slightly longer.
She's kind, but can also be quite exigent on Shizuka sometimes. In one episode, she locked Shizuka outside for coming home very late at night. She also wants Shizuka to attend all her classes (which are mostly piano or cram school) and generally scolds her whenever Shizuka doesn't score high enough on the exam or when she is not acting like a proper lady. Like Gian's mother discouraging Gian in singing, Shizuka's mother also discourages her daughter in her violin practice due to it bothering the neighbors. According to the Doraemons' Special, the reason that she doesn't want Shizuka to take violin lesson is because of Nobita (who travels to the past with Doraemon and Doramed to support her in her own Violin Contest) asked her and her husband to not support their daughter in taking up the instrument, having a first hand knowledge of Shizuka's lacking in violin skill.
Names in other languages
- Español: Señora Minamoto, La Madre Sizukes (Translates as "Mrs. Minamoto, Shizuka's mother")
- Français: Madame Minamoto, La Mére Shizuka-osse (Translates as "Mrs. Minamoto, Shizuka's mother")
- Gallego: A Señora Minamoto, A Madre Shizúkais (Translates as "Mrs. Minamoto, Shizuka's mother")
- Italiano: La Signore Minamoto, La Madre Scizukes (Translates as "Mrs. Minamoto, Shizuka's mother")
- Portugués: A Senhora Minamoto, A Madre Sizukes (Translates as "Mrs. Minamoto, Shizuka's mother")
- In the 1973 anime, she had a different bun in her hairstyle.
- It is stated many times by other people in Doraemon that Shizuka got her beauty from her mother.
- It is shown that she doesn't see Suneo's or Gian's mother much.
- Although she sometimes scolds Shizuka, she never hits or spanks her unlike the rest of the main characters' mothers. This is likely because she didn't want to hurt Shizuka.
- Although Mrs. Minamoto was a successful violinist, Shizuka is very bad at playing the violin which she plays noisy sounds, even though Shizuka loves playing the violin.
- It is possible Mrs. Minamoto's Parallel World counterpart may be just as bad as Shizuka herself, whose parallel world counterpart might in turn be just as successful as Mrs. Minamoto is.
- In the English dub, she and her husband share the same voice actors of Faye and Spike from Cowboy Bebop.
- She has the same Hindi voice actor as Nobita.