Hajime Wataya
Hajime Wataya
Name Hajime Wataya
Kanji 綿谷始
Rōmaji Wataya Hajime
Gender Male
Hair Color Gray
Eye Color Blue
Personal Status
Status Deceased
Relative(s) Akira Wataya (Son)
Mari Wataya (Daughter-in-law)
Arata Wataya (Grandson)
Level Master
First Appearance
Anime Debut Now the Flower Blooms

Hajime Wataya (綿谷始 Wataya Hajime) was the grandfather of Arata Wataya. He is known as the "Eternal Master Hajime". He reigned as a master of karuta for 40 years. After him Suo became the master of Karuta when he left as the post of Master due to his age.





Arata Wataya

Arata is Hajime's grandson. They were very close. He taught Arata how to play karuta. When Hajime got sick, Arata and his family moved back in order to take care of him. He died on the day Arata went to a competition and got to Class A in karuta. Arata was so upset of his death that he quit playing karuta for a time.


Hidehiro Harada

Hajime had a match with Harada when Harada was in his late teens. Harada admired him greatly, and saw much of his likeness in playing style in Arata.



Karuta Style


  • At his first flashback, Arata was shown visiting him because of paralysis on the right side of his body.
  • In Episode 4, he was diagnosed with dementia.
  • His and Arata's Karuta playing style is the same.

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