|This article is about a character in Higurashi When They Cry.|
Marutake has black hair, wears glasses, and has a circle beard. He wears a vest, black undershirt, khakis, and black boots. Marutake carries a camera with him.
Marutake loves photography and likes to see Sakiko in cute costumes.
Marutake is a freelance writer who visits Hinamizawa regularly. He's a regular customer at Smile Shop and is called "Uncle" by Sakiko.
- Sakiko Kimiyoshi (friend)
Role in the Story
Marutake is introduced when he sees Keitarou and Kihiro sitting outside Smile Shop and takes a picture of them. He introduces himself and talks with them about concerns that Oyashiro-sama's curse may ruin Hinamizawa's image. Keitarou thinks he means the old incidents that happened a long time ago, but Marutake ominously mentions that it occured last year: one person died and another disappeared on the night of Watanagashi, and the one that disappeared was a member of Polaris. Marutake notices Keitarou's Polaris charm and tells him about bad rumors surrounding Polaris, and an incident where two members killed a person's family and set their house on fire before committing suicide.(Oniokoshi Chapter 2)
Marutake encounters Keitarou and his friends during the Watanagashi Festival while Kururu Isshiki is away. He brings up the "Circle of Stars", supposedly an organization in Polaris that eliminate the religions's enemies, even if they violate their doctrine to do it.(Oniokoshi Chapter 5)
Marutake encounters Keitarou in the Polaris Village and takes a picture of him. He introduces himself and claims to be taking pictures of the Polaris festival with permission to improve the image of the religion. Marutake is surprised that Keitarou has such sympathy for Polaris despite being from Hinamizawa. He then tells Keitarou about bad rumors surrounding Hinamizawa, including the Series of Mysterious Deaths from decases ago and its resurrection in the previous year.(Hoshiwatashi Chapter 5)