Taeko Watanabe debuted as a manga artist in 1979 with her story.
Waka-chan no Netsuai Jidai (Love Struck Days of Waka) Kaze Hikaru
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
Hajime-chan is Number One! claimed the award in 1991 and Kaze
Hikaru took it in 2003.
Watanabe read hundreds of historical sources to create Kaze Hikaru. She is from Tokyo.