Arata Wataya

Arata Wataya

Arata Wataya was a transfer student from Fukui that went to Chihaya’s elementary school. The grandchild of a master karuta player, Arata inspires Chihaya to take up karuta by telling her that he thinks she has a talent for it. He had difficulty fitting in at Chihaya’s elementary school because of his Fukui dialect and his family’s poverty. His passion for karuta is inspired by his grandfather, a Meijin (master). After their first game at Arata’s house, Chihaya befriends him. His dream is to become a karuta Meijin.

After graduating elementary school, he returned to Fukui to care for his sick grandfather. He stops playing karuta because his grandfather died while Arata was competing in a karuta tournament to rise to A-rank. However, after Chihaya and Taichi visit him in Fukui, he regains his resolve to play competitive karuta again.



Birthday:December 1
Height:173 cm, 177cm
Blood type:O
Weight:65 kg
School:Fukui Prefecture East Hitsufujioka High School
Karuta Society:Fukui Nagumo Society - A Class
Favourite food:Habutai mochi, Katsu don with sauce
Hobby:Karuta, Reading
Favourite Song:Poem #76, Over the wide sea, As I sail and look around,, It appears to me, That the white waves, far away,, Are the ever shining sky.


Chihaya Ayase
Taichi Mashima
Kanade Ooe
Tsutomu Komano
Yuusei Nishida
Shinobu Wakamiya
Akihiro Tsukuba
Akira Wataya
Akito Sudou