Termina's counterpart of the Cucco Lady from Ocarina of Time, Anju is the innkeeper at the Stock Pot Inn. The inn used to be a cafeteria, but after Anju's father, Tortus, died, they started renting out rooms and it became an inn. She lives in the inn with her mother and grandmother. Anju is a nervous woman who constantly apologizes and is a terrible cook. She also tends to do things at the last minute, which Kafei mentions in his diary when wondering if Anju had finished making her wedding mask, the Moon's Mask. She also is kind. Her best friend is Cremia from Romani Ranch, and her fiancé is Kafei, son of Mayor Dotour and Madame Aroma. They were going to get married on the day of the Carnival of Time, but Kafei disappeared a month before the game begins. A major side quest of the game involves reuniting Anju with Kafei.
During the First Day, the Postman delivers a letter directly to Anju from Kafei, but he won't tell her where he got it or who sent it in order to keep Kafei's secret. If Link speaks to her wearing the Goron Mask early that afternoon or after the Postman leaves, he can steal a reservation from a Goron who is also called Link. If Link speaks to her while wearing Kafei's Mask after she receives the letter, she asks him to meet her that night in the kitchen; she has a clue that will help Link find him. When Link meets with her, she explains that Kafei was the one who sent her the letter, commenting that it's strange to receive a letter from a missing person. She asks Link to take her letter to Kafei and deliver it to a Postbox, and when it is delivered, he should be able to meet Kafei. Anju asks Link to tell Kafei that she is waiting for him, and to tell her how he looks.
If Link has stolen the reservation, then on the Night of the Second Day, he can listen through the rundown wall and hear Anju and her mother arguing. Anju's mother wants them to go to the ranch, saying Cremia, Anju's best friend, will take care of them. Anju wonders if the rumor about Kafei running off to be with Cremia is true, to which her mother suggests that it's for the best for both of them, and for Anju too since she'd be unhappy if she married a man who runs off just before the wedding. Anju insists that in his letter Kafei promised to come back, but her mother scoffs saying there'd be nothing to come back to and they should just try to survive. Anju then thanks her mother. When Link gives her a pendant he got from Kafei that holds special meaning for them, she resolves to stay despite her mother's insisting.
On the Final Day, Anju waits for Kafei, and if Link helps Kafei, he returns that night at the start of the Carnival. Even though Kafei is a child because of a curse, Anju recognizes him from when they were young and first agreed to get married. She welcomes him home and the two lovers have their reunion. They exchange their wedding masks and become a married couple, with Link and Tatl as their witnesses. Anju and Kafei give Link the combined mask, the Couple's Mask, and say they will await morning together. During the credits, Anju and Kafei have their wedding ceremony.
If Link does not initiate the Anju & Kafei side quest, he can find Anju by the Laundry Pool on the Second Day. If Link speaks to her, she will put on Kafei's Mask to show him Kafei's face and ask if he's seen him, then reveal that she's scared to meet Kafei, worried to find out if she's the reason he wanted to disappear. She doubts that she should wait for Kafei.
The Minish Cap
In The Minish Cap, Anju is the owner of a Cucco Pen and asks Link to help her locate the Cuccos around town. She'll pay Link in Rupees for most of the attempts, but she eventually rewards him with a Piece of Heart.
Link is able to fuse Green Kinstones with Anju at various points in the game. As it is a Green Kinstone fusion, it is not set to a specific treasure chest, but instead, one of the many possible treasure chests.
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The Minish Cap (Manga)
Anju makes an appearance in The Minish Cap manga. After Link escapes Candy, a young girl who, thinking he is a Picori, tries to capture him, he finds himself on Anju's Cucco farm. Ezlo is overjoyed when Anju gives the Cucco chicks food, telling Link to leave now that the Cuccos are distracted. However, Link is stepped on by Anju on accident.
Sprite from The Minish Cap