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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Rain by Amanda Sun Blog Tour: Character names & their meaning + Giveaway!

I am very excited to be a part of this blog tour! I loved Ink (Tomo!!!! *squeals) and if you've been looking closely at my blog, I love all things Japanese so this book and series has a special place in my heart.

Now have you ever been curious what Tomo, Jun or Satoshi's name means? If you've ever been curious, and I know you've been at one point, then you need to check this blog post specially made by Amanda to discuss what's in the names of the characters in this amazing series!

Also, there's a giveaway at the bottom of the post!


There are many different ways writers choose their character’s names. Sometimes they’re symbolic, and other times they aren’t. The fun thing about having an almost entirely Japanese cast in The Paper Gods series is that I can choose kanji, Japanese characters, with meanings that reflect who that character is and their role in the story. I hope you enjoy this peek into how and why I chose the character names I did for The Paper Gods. ^_^

Katie Greene: Katie popped into my mind several years ago, evolving and changing over time until she found her place in The Paper Gods. I liked the name Katie because it was a pretty but common western name, while sounding different enough in Japan that she couldn’t blend in.

Her last name, Greene, came about because of the first story she appeared in in my head—actually, she started out as a spaceship ensign. *laugh* She wound up with the last name of another character from that story, Jonathan Greene. I also choose Greene because Katie is new at everything—living without her mom, learning how to fit in in Japan, and adapting to a totally new family with her Aunt Diane. At the same time, Katie breathes life into Tomo’s ability to the control the ink. She introduces a sense of newness into his world, and growth.

Yuu Tomohiro (勇智宏): Tomo’s last name isn’t a typical Japanese last name, but Yuu uses the kanji for “courage,” something that Tomo has to draw on to fight the ink and live on his own terms. His first name combines “wisdom” with “vastness.” Not that Tomo is vastly wise, although he’s at the top of his class and shows promise for his entrance exams, but that he strives for his own path through life. He fights the darkness of the ink, not believing the bleak future his nightmares set out for him.

Takahashi Jun (高橋潤): I chose Takahashi for a number of reasons, one being that it’s a very common last name and thought it contradicted Jun’s celebrity kendo status in a nice way. Literally, though, Takahashi means “tall bridge,” and I chose it because he’s an almost unsurpassable rival for Tomo. It will take everything Tomo has to fight against him, to conquer this unsurmountable bridge to the truth. The name “Jun” can mean “benefit,” which is exactly what Jun believes in—that the world will benefit from his abilities as a Kami. It also means “moist,” which makes me thing of a single teardrop, reflected in one of Jun’s last lines in RAIN (on p. 285).

Ishikawa Satoshi (石川智): Ishikawa’s last name was chosen because it’s a very common surname, literally a combination of “stone” and “river,” but I liked that idea that he was at once changing (river) and immovable (stone). His first name means “wisdom,” which makes me chuckle because of all the bad choices he tends to make. But his friendship is vehemently loyal, and in the end he always tends to make decisions from the heart. I also chose a first name kanji that is embedded in Tomo’s name to show the deep connection these best friends have. They need each other.

Tanaka Ichirou (田中一郎): Mainly chosen because Tanaka (lit “middle of the rice field”) is a really common last name. Ichirou means “first son,” and Tan-kun is the first son in his family, since he only has his older sister Keiko. I wanted a really straight forward Japanese name because in many ways, Tanaka is a typical Japanese teen. He has his own interests and quirks, but he’s moving through life pretty steadily and the lack of drama is a nice change for Katie. ^_^

Watabe Yuki (渡部雪): While Yuki’s last name is chosen because of its common usage, her first name was chosen carefully. Yuki literally means “snow,” and it reflects Yuki’s genuine spirit. She’s a true friend to Katie, trustworthy and loyal until the end. She has a way of calming a situation down for Katie, blanketing over her worries with the care of a best friend’s heart.


Now how is that? Personally I love Yuki's name! Whose name is your favorite and why?



Follow the blog tour by visiting the following blogs:

June 24 - Ohana Reads
June 25 - K-Books
June 26 - The Lifelong Bookworm
June 27 - Fragments of Life
June 28 - Platypire
June 30 - The Cover Contessa
July 1 - Amaterasu Reads
July 2 - Bookaholic Blurbs


  1. I wanna be able to read this novel in any way since there's soo much buzz about it! And I enjoy the Japanese setting of most books, it's like watching an Edo period drama except you get to imagine yourself so it's far more amazing! Really enjoyed this character evaluation! <3

    1. It's got more of a shoujo manga feel for me, so I really enjoyed reading this one. And because it captures that Japanese high school setting so well. Hope you get to read it soon, Jayvee!

  2. I can't wait to read this! ^-^

  3. Dying to have this in my hands! Mixed race/culture couples are the mos interesting and the best! :D

    1. You should definitely give this book a try!

  4. I love the covers of these books! They are just fantastic! Is Ink available here in the Philippines because I haven't seen one in person. :D

    1. Heya, Kevin! Nope, I don't think it is. I haven't seen any copies in any of the bookstores I've visited, but I think you can special order? NBS orders HQN Teen novels, and they're cheaper. :)

  5. Thanks for the chance to win a signed copy of INK!! :)

  6. I want this book in my life now!

  7. Absolutely loved this story. It will definitely make it into my top books again this year. I cannot wait to read the third one next summer.


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