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Koishi’s presence cannot be "felt" by anyone unless she has entered their direct field of vision, and is forgotten as soon as she leaves it. In general, she doesn’t have a personality. However, children enjoy her presence as one of an imaginary friend, whom they forget about once they grow up. However, as Satori’s presence has been made known, even Koishi has begun to be recognized as of late.

As her actions are controlled entirely by her subconscious, Koishi’s presence cannot be noticed by other beings unless she allows it, even while standing in plain view because she’s closed her mind, or her Third Eye. Likewise her older sister’s ability to reading minds cannot read her mind and has no effect on her, as she does not technically have a mind to read; that’s why she said, "my sister can’t win against me." Even someone who manages to communicate with Koishi will forget about her after she leaves, unless they already knew of her as Satori’s sister.

Some children are immune to this effect due to their still-developing minds, leading Koishi to become their "imaginary friend", though they will forget about her when they grow up. [1] Other than making others unable to perceive her existence, it also makes the act of doing so difficult to perceive. Practically, without being noticed by tengu or the other youkai, she climbed Youkai Mountain. Even the optical camouflage was spoiled.

The youkai satori, on whom she and her older sister are based, by the actions of the humans’ unconscious, they saw painful experiences. Due to this it is also not known if this ability was spoken of cynically in the past. However, since she closed her third eye which can read minds, she became unable to read others’ minds. As she said herself, "reading people’s minds is depressing, there’s nothing good about it."

Koishi wanted to receive the blessing of Kanako Yasaka so she could give her own pets power like Satori’s pets were given, so Koishi does apparently have pets. During and after the events of Hopeless Masquerade, Koishi now possesses the original Mask of Hope that once belonged to Hata no Kokoro before she lost it. Koishi found it while wandering around Gensokyo, and because of this, she temporarily obtained the emotion of hope.

Koishi Komeiji ( 古明地 こいし) is her full name. Her surname Komeiji ( 古明地, lit. "ancient-bright earth") is an actual Japanese surname, seen mainly in the Yamanashi prefecture. There are two common ways to interpret her given name Koishi, based on which kanji are used. The kanji in " 恋思", though not a Japanese word as a compound, mean "will/thought of love." The second writing, " 小石", means "little rock." This could be connected to her ability, indicating her lack of presence, as she is often compared to a little rock sitting on the side of the road in official texts.

In Subterranean Animism Koishi has wavy, green or greyish, short hair and dark green eyes, wears a black hat with a yellow ribbon around it. A closed, blue-purplish "third eye" is positioned over her heart, with cords wrapped around her torso and attached to each of her ankles. She wears a yellow shirt with diamond-like blue buttons and dark green collar. The skirt is also green with a faint flowery pattern, but is lighter. Her socks are black. As of Hopeless Masquerade, she has bright green hair and dark green eyes. Her "third eye" is also towards a purple colour.

Satori and Koishi’s design may have been inspired by the 1939 painting by Frida Kahlo titled "The Two Fridas". The subject is essentially two identical women (sisters/clones/twins…) with visible hearts and external arteries that seem to connect and wrap around their shoulders and arms, where one of them has a cut artery and a pair of scissors in hands (resembling Koishi, who has closed her third eye).

During the main events of the main scenario, it’s said that Koishi was around the whole time the heroine was in the Underworld, but they never noticed her. After the events of the main story in Subterranean Animism, Koishi heard that her sister and pets fought a human from above ground, and also heard about Utsuho Reiuji’s new power. Desiring that kind of power for her own pets, she decided to go to Gensokyo to pray for divine blessings. Thanks to her unconscious ability, she managed to reach the Moriya Shrine atop of Youkai Mountain around the same time the Heroine decides to pay a visit to the Gods in the Mountain in the game’s Extra Stage. Koishi provokes a fight, and is defeated. After this encounter, however, Koishi somewhat regretted having closed her third eye and became curious enough to want to start actually meeting people.

Koishi tumbles across Hata no Kokoro’s lost Mask of Hope and picks it up. This bit of hope added to her otherwise emotionless state allows her to gather popularity when she would otherwise be invisible. She ends up so attached to the mask (subconsciously) that she refuses to return it to Kokoro and ends up keeping it after the conclusion of the story.

In Koishi’s profile, it is said that she met a human at the Moriya Shrine at the top of the Youkai Mountain who made her regret closing her third eye and want to learn more about this human. Though it may seem like this was talking about Sanae Kochiya, once put in to context by the extra stage of Subterranean Animism, it is clear that the human it was talking about is either Reimu or Marisa.