Chieko Sakurano (桜野 千恵子 Sakurano Chieko) is a female professional Go player who visits China and meets Shinichiro Isumi.
- The name Chieko means "thousand" (千) (chi), "favor, benefit" (恵) (e) and "child" (子) (ko).
- Chieko's surname Sakurano means "cherry blossom" (桜) (sakura) and "field, wilderness" (野) (no).
- Part of the surname Sakura can also mean "blossom" (咲) (saku) and "good, virtuous, respectable" (良) (ra).
- Chieko calls Shinichiro Isumi "Shin-chan".