Study Guide

Snow Falling on Cedars Characters

Ishmael Chambers

Ishmael is kind of an odd duck protagonist, since he's not terribly central to a lot of what...

Hatsue Imada Miyamoto

Hatsue is the wife of Kabuo Miyamoto, who spends most of the book on trial for killing Carl...

Kabuo Miyamoto

He's on trial for his life for most of the book, accused of murdering his old buddy Carl Heine,...

Carl Heine, Jr.

Carl is at the center of the novel, as he's the reason Kabuo Miyamoto is on trial. Prior to his...

Judge Llewellyn Fielding

Judge Fielding seems like a good egg. Even though he's described as appearing to be half asleep...

Hisao Imada

He is Hatsue's father. Right before the family is sent to a Japanese internment camp, the FBI...

Fujiko Imada

She's Hatsue's mother. She disapproves heartily of Hatsue's romance with Ishmael (when she finds...

Ed Soames

He's the bailiff in the courthouse during the Miyamoto trial.

Eleanor Doakes

She's the stenographer in the courtroom during the Miyamoto trial.

Carl Heine, Sr.

He's the father of Carl Heine, Jr. (what, the name gave it away?) and husband of Etta. He finds...

Susan Heine

Susan is Carl Heine, Jr.'s widow. She is known for her beauty, and she seems to be a nice woman...

Etta Heine

She's the mother of Carl Heine, Jr. and wife of the late Carl Heine, Sr. She testifies for the...

Art Moran

He's the sheriff in charge of the investigation of Carl Heine's death. Through his memories and...

Abel Martinson

He's the sheriff's deputy. He helps Art get Carl's body out of the water and assists Art Moran in...

Arthur Chambers

Arthur is Ishmael's dad. Prior to his death, he ran the San Piedro Review (the paper that Ishmael...

Helen Chambers

She is Ishmael's mother. She's very sweet, religious, and bookish, and she really just wants...

Horace Whaley

Horace is the coroner who examines Carl Heine's body. He is the one who makes the connection...

William Gjovaag, Marty Johansson, Dale Middleton, Leonard George, Jan Sorensen

These are fishermen who are around when Art Moran goes around looking for information about Carl...

Vance Cope

Vance is another fisherman who testifies against Kabuo at the trial.

Lillian Groves

Ishmael was calling Lillian's husband, Reverend Groves, to get Sunday's sermon topic when Lillian...

Mrs. Shigemura

She trains Hatsue in tea-making, calligraphy, and scene-painting. She also gives Hatsue a lot of...

Mr. Oshiro and Robert Nishi

These two are friends of Hatsue's family. Hatsue's father, Hisao, and these gentlemen do a lot of...

The Ichiyama Family and Otto Willets

Their movie theater is mentioned a couple of times because it became the target of some...

Wilson and Another (Unnamed) FBI Agent

These are the FBI agents who visit the Imadas and end up arresting Hisao on bogus charges.

Ilse Severensen

Ilse has purchased strawberries from Fujiko for years. When the Imadas and other Japanese...

Ernest Testaverde

Ernest's a soldier from Delaware that Ishmael serves with in World War II. He is killed during...

Lieutenant Bellows, Lieutenant Pavelman, Captain Thomas, Private Jim Harvey, Larry Jackson, Rich Hinkle, Colonel Freeman, Lieutenant Doerper, and Private Newland

These guys are soldiers who serve with Ishmael in the Battle of Tarawa.

Eric Bledsoe

Eric is a soldier who serves with Ishmael at the Battle of Tarawa and a friend of Ernest...

Dr. Sterling Whitman

He's a hematologist who did the blood analysis in the Carl Heine investigation. He testifies for...

Sergeant Victor Maples

He trained Kabuo Miyamoto in hand-to-hand combat during World War II. He testifies for the...

Tom Torgerson

He owns the filling station in town. Ishmael goes to him to hire someone to put chains on his car...

Petty Officer Evan Powell

He works at the coast guard station where Ishmael goes to do research on his storm story. He...

Levant

He's a radioman at the coast guard station where Ishmael goes to research his storm story. He...

Zenhichi Miyamoto

He is Kabuo Miyamoto's father. He made a deal to purchase seven acres of strawberry fields from...

Eleanor Hill

She's the checkout clerk at Petersen's when Hatsue and Ishmael first see each other after the war.

Jessica Porter

She's the clerk at Petersen's who tells Hatsue about Carl's death.

Alexander Van Ness

He's the sole member of the jury who is not convinced of Kabuo's guilt when they begin...

Harold Jensen

He's another juror for the Miyamoto trial. He thinks Kabuo is guilty.

Roger Porter

He's another juror for the Miyamoto trial. He thinks Kabuo is guilty.

Edith Twardzik

She's another juror for the Miyamoto trial. She thinks Kabuo is guilty.

Burke Latham

He's another juror for the Miyamoto trial. He thinks Kabuo is guilty.

Harlan McQueen

He's another juror for the Miyamoto trial. He thinks Kabuo is guilty.

Ruth Parkinson

She's another juror for the Miyamoto trial. She thinks Kabuo is guilty.

Mr. Farida

He's a strawberry farmer with whom Ishmael and Arthur Chambers chat at one point in the novel.

Josiah Gillanders

He is the president of the San Piedro Gill-Netters Association. He testifies for the defense.

Alvin Hooks

He is the prosecutor in the Kabuo Miyamoto trial.