Taeko Watanabe debuted as a manga artist in 1979 with her story [ital.] Waka-chan no Netsuai Jidai [ital.] (Love Struck Days of Waka). [ital.] Kaze Hikaru [ital.] is her longest-running series, but she has created a number of other popular series. Watanabe is a two-time winner of the prestigious Shogakukan Manga Award in the Girls' category-her manga [ital.] Hajime-chan is Number One! [ital.] claimed the award in 1991 and [ital.] Kaze Hikaru [ital.] took it in 2003. Watanabe read hundreds of historical sources to create [ital.] Kaze Hikaru [ital.]. She is from Tokyo.