Cast of Characters

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CLAWS of the Cat

Cast of Characters

(In Alphabetical Order)

Where present, Japanese characters’ surnames precede their given names, in the Japanese style. Western surnames follow the characters’ given names, in accordance with Western convention.

Ana – Father Mateo’s housekeeper

Akechi Hidetaro – brother of Akechi Hideyoshi

Akechi Hideyoshi – a retired samurai general

Akechi Nobuhide – son of Akechi Hideyoshi

Akechi Sato – wife of Akechi Hideyoshi

Akechi Yoshiko – daughter, and eldest child, of Akechi Hideyoshi

Ashikaga Yoshiteru* – the shogun of Japan

Father Gaspar Vilela* – The senior Jesuit, and head of the Portuguese mission, in Kyoto

Father Mateo Ávila de Santos – a Christian priest from Portugal, currently working in Kyoto

Gato – Hiro’s cat

Ginjiro – a sake brewer; owner of Ginjiro’s brewery

Hattori Hiro – a shinobi (ninja) assassin from the Iga ryu, hired by an anonymous benefactor to guard Father Mateo

Izumo – a Japanese acolyte, and Christian convert, who works for the main Jesuit mission in Kyoto

Kazu – a shinobi from the Iga ryu, working undercover as a clerk at the shogunate

Luis Álvares – a Portuguese merchant whose weapon sales finance Father Mateo’s work

Magistrate Ishimaki – a judge appointed to oversee justice in Kyoto

Matsunaga Hisahide* – a samurai ambassador working on behalf of the Miyoshi clan.

Mayuri – a retired entertainer; owner of the Sakura Teahouse

Oda Nobunaga* — a samurai warlord

Okiya – an an entertainer (geisha) working at the Sakura Teahouse; mother of Riko

Riko – an entertainer (geisha) working at the Sakura Teahouse; daughter of Okiya

Sayuri – a teenaged entertainer (geisha) working at the Sakura Teahouse

Suke – a Buddhist monk who frequents Ginjiro’s brewery

Tomiko – Ginjiro’s adult daughter

Umeha – a prostitute in Kyoto’s Pontocho pleasure district

Yoko – an an entertainer (geisha) working at the Sakura Teahouse

* Denotes a real historical figure, though all characters are fictionalized for purposes of this novel.

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