|This article is about a character in Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Mei.|
Given the nature of Higurashi Mei as an alternate continuity to the original Higurashi, some content on this article may spoil the original story. Proceed with caution.
Kawata has dark green hair. She wears a white button-up shirt with a long black scarf and a long purple skirt. She is described as a beautiful young woman.
Kawata seems like a very compassionate and caring woman, wanting to write occult articles that focus more on truth and evidence rather than just entertaining readers.
Kawata is a freelance journalist who came to Hinamizawa to do research and write a book.
- Jirou Tomitake (friend)
Kawata is first introduced in Chapter 3. Tomitake takes her on a tour of the village and visits the junkyard with her, where they meet Kazuho and Miyuki. Kawata offhandedly mentions that the junkyard might be the place where they hid the arm from the dismemberment murder, catching Kazuho by surprise. The group then talks about the dam war and the series of mysterious deaths. Miyuki finds it strange that they never specified which arm it was and then asks why the right arm was missing. Kawata and Tomitake don't seem to find anything suspicious about her statement. The two adults soon leave. Rena later appears and finds a handkerchief dropped in the junkyard, which the girls think belongs to Kawata. Rena holds on to it.
In Chapter 5, Kazuho, Miyuki, and Nao investigate where Kazuho's house should be and find nothing there. They do research at the Okinomiya library and run into Kawata. Kawata is introduced to Nao, but the girl makes a disgusted face upon learning she's a journalist. Kawata apologizes for thinking she offended her, and Nao is chastised by Kazuho.
Nao lies that she wanted help getting the address of a certain girl after finding a vacant lot where the address should be, and Kazuho writes down her brother's name and presents it as the girl's name. Kawata is surprised when she sees it and pulls out some materials related to a murder-suicide that took place around the time of the dam war, saying that the girl's name matched the victim list. Kazuho is shocked to learn that the victims of this incident were a man, his wife, their nine-year-old son, and the wife's unborn child: Kazuho's own family. Struck with the revelation that she never existed in this world, Kazuho falls unconscious. Kawata brings her and her friends to the Irie Clinic before returning to her hotel.
In a Chapter 5 TIP, Kawata speaks to an unknown person on the phone and says she got some good clues from those people at the library. Kawata hangs up and prepares a plan to find a certain someone.
Shion learns about Kawata's discussion with Kazuho after talking with her.
At the Watanagashi Festival, Kawata meets the main cast again. Kazuho thanks her for her help back at the library, and Rena sees that that's Kawata, alluding to knowing her a bit. She then pulls out the handkerchief and asks if it's hers, with Kawata ecstatically taking it. Kawata thanks Rena for giving her handkerchief back, saying it was a good luck charm from her mother she received as a child.
In Chapter 7, when Takano and the Mountain Dogs corner the main cast, Kawata appears and knocks out a few of them, even knocking over Takano by throwing a Dog at her. Kawata tells Akasaka to take everyone to the Irie Clinic, having told Irie of the situation beforehand. She says Akasaka should know the place since he went there 5 years ago. Akasaka is confused, but he understands and rounds everyone up into a van. Kazuho asks Kawata to come along, but she says she'll fend off the Dogs and catch up later.
Left facing Takano and the Mountain Dogs, Kawata mocks her and says this is actually the 8th or 9th time she's done this. Kawata summons a Role Card and transforms it into a rifle, surprising Takano with her abilities. As the Dogs aim their own guns, Takano asks if she's with the police or Tokyo, and Kawata answers none of those. She compares herself to the Dogs and Bloodhounds, saying she's a "hunting dog" and giving a cutesy woof as a gunshot rings out.
In the third Chapter 8 TIP, Kawata finds Ooishi at the Furude Shrine, who was recently transformed into a monster because of a black card and turned back to normal after fighting the main cast. Kawata asks to have the card, and when Ooishi doesn't understand, she shoots him in the leg, saying he could go berserk again if he's lost the card. Kawata says this world is already over and prepares to kill him since it would be better than the alternative, and Miyabi Saionji suddenly arrives to defend Ooishi with a naginata. Kawata seems pleased by her awaited appearance, referring to her as "Shinigami-san" and opening her eyes to reveal red pupils.