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Chihayafuru (ちはやふる) is a manga series written and illustrated by Yuki Suetsugu, serialised in Be Love and published by Kodansha. The first Chapter was released on December 28, 2007. It has also been adapted into an anime television series, screening on Nippon Television from the 5th of October in 2011. It is about Chihaya Ayase, a girl who has spent most of her life simply supporting her sister in her model career. Things change when she meets a boy named Arata Wataya, a talented karuta player. He thinks that Chihaya has a potential to become a great player. As Chihaya takes on a new dream of becoming Japan's best karuta player, she is soon separated from her karuta playing friends as they grow up. Now in high school, Chihaya still continues to play karuta in the hope that she will one day meet her friends again...
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Update 15th of January 2018:
The New Chapters have been released
Chihayafuru Chapter 193 (Japanese) is out!!! Chihayafuru Middle School Students Chapter 05 is out!!! Volume 8 in English is planned for it's release on the 16th of January.
We are still looking for people to help us add Long Summaries (5-192) to the Manga Chapters. Short Summaries have now been completed for ALL Chapters :)
Hisashi Suo (周防 久志,Suō Hisashi?) is the current Meijin of Karuta. He began karuta in college, and took three years to take the title of Meijin. He has won the Master title five consecutive times. ...Read More
Yuki Suetsugu (末次由紀 Suetsugu Yuki) is a Japanese manga artist most known for her manga Chihayafuru, published by Kodansha. The series is now adapted into an anime. She debuted in 1992 in Kodansha's Nakayoshi magazine with Taiyō no Romance. ...Read More