Born in Hiroshima prefecture, Japan, Wataru started music career to join one of the earliest post punk movement in Tokyo. In the middle of 1980’s he started to play clarinet after he encountered “chindon” music, which is an early modern street music tradition. Chindon is usually for an advertisement for events or opening celemony of the shops. Wataru studied clarinet mostly by listening and watching the old players of chin-don. Since the ’80s, he is one of the few Japanese to know and play klezmer music in Japan. In addition to klezmer, Wataru enjoys playing Eastern European music and music from the Balkans. Wataru has also joined the band “Betsuni nannmo klezmer,” the big band led by sax maestro Kazutoki Umezu which plays alomst klezmer music. Wataru has been a key player in introducing klezmer music in Japan through not only performances but also writing articles and liner notes for a long time. Since the early 2000s, Wataru started playing in the street-style hybrid band called “Jinta-la mvta” and plays at street rallies and political protests as well as at clubs and festivals.