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For the Buddhist term, see Satori.
Gender Male
Word/name Japanese
Meaning It can have many different meanings depending on the kanji used.
Other names
Related names Satoshi

Satoru (さとる, サトル?) is a Japanese verb meaning "to know" or "understand". It is a common masculine Japanese given name. In Zen, Satoru is the root to the Zen Buddhist word, Satori (悟り enlightenment?).

Possible writings[edit]

Satoru can be written using different kanji characters and can mean:

  • 悟る, "be spiritually awakened" or "attain higher perception"
as a given name
  • 悟, "enlightenment"
  • 聡, "fast
  • 智, "wisdom"
  • 知, "knowledge"
  • 了, "understanding"
  • 哲, "philosophy"
  • 聖, "virtuous"

The name can also be written in hiragana or katakana.



  • Satoru Akashi (暁), the main hero of the tokusatsu series GoGo Sentai Boukenger
  • Satoru Furuya (暁), a character in the manga and anime series Ace of Diamond
  • Satoru Hani (悟), a character in the manga and anime series Shion no Ō
  • Satoru Ikaruga (悟), the main character in the manga series D-Live!!
  • Satoru Kanzaki (悟), a character in the manga and anime series Area 88
  • Satoru Ohkura (大蔵 智), a character in the Japanese drama Atashinchi no Danshi
  • Satoru, a character from a Japanese urban legend, said to know everything about the past, present, and future and can be asked if followed the right procedures but if inquirer makes an error, it is said that the inquirer will be dragged the underworld.

See also[edit]

  • 8485 Satoru, a main-belt asteroid
  • Satori, a Japanese Buddhist term for enlightenment