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Hatate Himekaidou
çimekaidoː hatate (♫)
Hatate Himekaidou
Hatate in Double Spoiler
Modern-Day Spirit Photography Reporter
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Crow Tengu


Spirit photography




Youkai Mountain

Official Games
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"The kappas were the ones who made my camera, y'know~
They can be kinda rude, but they're really good at high-tech stuff."
Hatate Himekaidou (Double Spoiler Level 4)

Hatate Himekaidou (姫海棠 はたて Himekaidou Hatate) is the deuteragonist of Double Spoiler. She's a tengu reporter who produces the Kakashi Spirit News. Unlike her colleague Aya Shameimaru, she never goes outside for her newspaper research. Instead, she uses her ability called thoughtography (念写 nensha). After reading Aya's Bunbunmaru Newspaper, she decided to observe Aya's way of gathering for her articles. She first appeared in Double Spoiler and subsequently has only appeared in spin-off games.

General Information


Hatate is a perky, casual-speaking, fun-loving, crow tengu who greatly dislikes working. She is known as a shut-in who prefers to stay indoors, using thoughtography to collect information for her articles. She holds a strong discontent towards the rigid tengu caste system and greatly resents the workload placed upon her.

In contrast to her outward personality, her articles are very informative and thoughtful. She’s a nonconformist who writes from an innovative and progressive viewpoint. For instance, in Alternative Facts in Eastern Utopia, Hatate wrote an article describing the technological benefits outsiders like Sumireko Usami could bring to Gensokyo.


Spirit photography

Hatate's ability allows her to be aware of distant happenings. Her thoughtography is similar to telegnosis, with the addition of being able to take pictures with it. She takes pictures by inputting keywords into her camera, which brings up the associated photos. With this ability, Hatate can gather information and pictures without ever having to leave her room. This makes it a very convenient ability for journalism but because thoughtography relies on what has already been heard, the articles Hatate writes lack speed and freshness.


Galapagos Phone

Hatate makes use of an old-fashioned mobile flip phone called a Galapagos Phone. Its main function is to take pictures as well as a conduit for her abilities.

Character Design


Her full name is Hatate Himekaidou (姫海棠 はたて). The kanji for 姫海棠 (Himekaidou) mean "princess", "sea/beach" and "crabapple tree" respectively. Himekaidou itself is a kind of toringo crabapple. Hime kaidou also refers to a side-road, often taken by women or travelers who wanted to avoid thieves.


Hatate is shown to have brown eyes, and long brown hair in pigtails with purple ribbons. She wears a pinkish shirt with purple trim on the collar and a thin black tie, a black band around one arm, a purple tokin, a skirt in black/purple checker pattern with a floral pattern on the purple, a small brown pouch on her hip, thigh-high black socks (which are rolled down just below her knees), and pale purple-ish red geta sandals with purple straps. She carries a camera, looking like a modern cell phone, with a yellow/dark yellow checker pattern, a heart on it, and a brush hanging from it like a charm. Just like Aya, she is also shown to have pointed ears in her Double Spoiler artwork.

Hatate's clothes have a lot of purple color. The purple color symbolizes "mystic" or "royalty". "Mystic" might be associated with her spiritual powers. "Royalty" might refer to Himekaidou - princess. It may be also a reference to the deadly sin, "pride".


Spin-off games

Double Spoiler
Hatate's back sprite in DS
Hatate's sprite in DS

In Double Spoiler, Hatate appeared as a Spoiler stage target (after the Extra stage), who confronts Aya, and has a picture-taking showdown with her, all the while debating the pros of her journalistic style and the cons of Aya's journalistic style, forcing Aya to take photos of her spell cards. Hatate has a unique way of danmaku, and that is taking her own photo's of Aya's hit box. If defeated, Hatate becomes the second playable character, having to re-visit all the cast characters and take photos of their spell cards Aya has already covered, hence the word "Double" in the game's title. The gameplay with Hatate is extremely similar to Aya's, with minor differences.

Hopeless Masquerade
Hatate in HM

Hatate made a background cameo appearance in Hopeless Masquerade on the Myouren Temple and Genbu Ravine stage. She is seen standing on top of the temple in the former and on a pipe in the latter, taking photographs with her thoughtography camera.

Impossible Spell Card

In Impossible Spell Card, Hatate (been one of the tengu mentioned by Mamizou Futatsuiwa) takes notice of minorities trying to capture the mischief-making amanojaku Seija Kijin, who also appears to be one of the many youkai that tries to capture her on day 6. She uses spell cards that are considered impossible to dodge. She apparently writes up an article about this, which makes stronger humans and youkai try to capture Seija.


Wild and Horned Hermit

In Wild and Horned Hermit, she and Aya Shameimaru appear to be covering Kanako Yasaka's nuclear reactor experiment, which may point to Hatate trying to collect field data.

Foul Detective Satori

In Foul Detective Satori, Hatate captures Mizuchi Miyadeguchi's picture and writes an article about Aya Shameimaru getting attacked by Reimu Hakurei.


Aya Shameimaru

As of Double Spoiler, Hatate regards Aya as a rival newspaper writer and competitor.

Minor Relationships

Momiji Inubashiri

Hatate appears to somewhat admire her colleague Momiji Inubashiri's senses of sight and smell and is rather impressed by her spell cards.


Hatate's chief is Tenma.

Megumu Iizunamaru

Megumu is the Chief of the Crow Tengu, which makes her Hatate's superior.





Spell Cards

Spell cards
Name Translated Comments Games Stage
Total: 5
取材「姫海棠はたての練習取材」 Reporting "Hatate Himekaidou's Reporting Training" DS St. Sp
連写「ラピッドショット」 Continuous Shooting "Rapid Shot" DS St. Sp
遠眼「天狗サイコグラフィ」 Far-sightedness "Tengu Psychography" DS St. Sp
写真「フルパノラマショット」 Photography "Full Panoramic Shot" ISC
St. 6
写真「籠もりパパラッチ」 Photography "Secluded Paparazzi" ISC St. 6

Additional Information

  • A silhouette of Hatate occupies the front of Double Spoiler's jewel case.
  • Her thoughtography camera closely resembles a cell phone of some sort. It was apparently made by the kappa. It is possible that the kappa reverse-engineered something left behind by someone who was spirited away to Gensokyo.
  • The articles on her in Alternative Facts in Eastern Utopia imply that she is younger than Aya.


Official Profiles

Double Spoiler - Omake.txt
Hatate Himekaidou   姫海棠 はたて

  Himekaidou Hatate









Modern-Day Thoughtography Reporter

Himekaidou Hatate

Race: Crow Tengu
Ability: Spirit photography.

Hatate is a reporter that never goes outside for her newspaper research.
She takes pictures using thoughtography and uses them for her articles.

Hatate's thoughtography works by inputting keywords for her camera, which she uses to find associated photos.

She doesn't feel the need to go outside because this is convenient.

The newspaper she writes, Kakashi Spirit News, has never been that popular.
This is only natural, for the articles she wrote were things people had heard of already.
Thoughtography lacks speed and freshness.

Then Hatate read Aya's Bunbunmaru Newspaper.

"These articles are utter nonsense, but why do they have this strange appeal? Why is it that its headlines never overlap with other newspapers'?"

In order to find out Aya's secret, Hatate decided to observe her.

That was when she found out Aya's secret.
Aya wasn't covering events; Aya was causing the events themselves.

Official Sources

Official sources