Her surname, Yasaka, can be split up in 'Ya' and 'Saka'. 'Ya' meaning 'eight', and 'Saka', which would mean 'hill'. Yasaka would therefore mean 'Eight hills'. When her first name, Kanako, is divided, it would be 'Ka' meaning 'God', 'Na' meaning 'Wild Apple' and 'Ko' meaning 'Child'.
Her surname is also the same as that of Yasaka Shrine (formerly Gion Shrine) in Kyoto. Kanako might be named after Princess Yasakatome, one of the gods of the
Suwa Grand Shrine, which, on the other hand, Suwako Moriya is named after. The large wooden pillars that Kanako throws are called
Onbashira can literally mean " The Honored Pillars". The shrine pictured in the background image of Kanako's spellcards is 下社秋宮 (
Shimosha Akimiya, lit. the Autumn Court of the Lower Shrine), one of the four shrines that make up the Suwa Grand Shrine. Kanako is also depicted with
Yukari Yakumo and Eirin Yagokoro. This is due to their family names containing the character 八 (pronounced "Ya") which, when misread, can mean old hag. Kanako is one of only two windows-series characters whose stage has no midboss whatsoever, the other being
Toyosatomimi no Miko. Oddly, Kanako's sprite changes colors in rainbow order during the time between when her theme begins and when she starts to battle. It also happens to
another character in the PC98 ages. Kanako's last spell card, Mountain of Faith/Virtue of the Wind God, is somewhat harder on Easy than on Normal.
Kanako is the first character in the series who was the final boss and the midboss for the extra stage in the same game.
When using a bomb during her last spellcard, Kanako turns invisible.