Arata Wataya
    Arata Wataya
    Birthday: December 1
    Blood type: O
    Favourite Food: Habutai mochi, Katsu don with sauce
    Height: 173 cm, 177cm
    Hobby: Karuta, Reading
    Karuta Society: Fukui Nagumo Society - A Class
    School: Fukui Prefecture East Hitsufujioka High School
    Weight: 65 kg
    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.

    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.

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