The Garden of Words: Volume 1 by Makoto Shinkai

The Garden of Words: Volume 1

byMakoto Shinkai, Midori Motohashi

Kobo ebook | March 8, 2016

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Can a poem save your life?Words are powerful. Insults and rumors can derail a career; a bit of encouragement can give someone the strength to pursue their dreams. When a high school boy skipping class to sketch shoe designs and a taciturn woman drinking a morning beer meet in a Tokyo park, they say little, but the woman bids farewell with an ancient tanka poem. Will the boy figure out the poem’s meaning—and its corresponding response—before it’s too late?

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Title:The Garden of Words: Volume 1Format:Kobo ebookPublished:March 8, 2016Publisher:Kodansha Advanced Media LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1682332381

ISBN - 13:9781682332382

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Masterpiece! Word are not needed, the action are enough to express everything The word "love" in modern Japanese is "ai", but in the ancient language, it was actually written as "koi", which is a compound of two other Kanji means "solitude" and "sad". Though Garden of Words is set in modern times, "love" in this manga will be portrayed in its original meaning, which leads to a story about longing and loneliness, as well as suggesting an unhappy ending for love. On a rainy morning in Tokyo, Takao Akizuki, an aspiring shoemaker, decides to skip class to sketch designs in a beautiful garden. This is where he meets Yukari Yukino, a beautiful yet mysterious woman much older than him. Whenever it rains, the two of them meet each other in the garden and without even realizing it, the two are able to alleviate the worries hidden in their hearts just by being with each other, their relationship deepens and the mystery surrounding Yukino finally reveals itself on a dry day. It about people finding their way out of impediments towards life's goals and the loneliness that often accompanies them. And this sometimes brings people together in odd ways. Garden of Words delivers a simple, soft love story. The author knows how to manipulate love, make it as natural as rain, by arranging the meeting at a faraway location from where they work/study, only meeting on rainy days to make their feelings vibrate. Eventually, when the truth of their fate is revealed, the audience completely accepts it, because their love for each other is full of sincerity and cultivated diligently through the rainy days. And with the blink of an eye, a small gesture is enough to say everything about human emotion, words probably are not needed anymore. Garden of Words gives you a unique experience, exploring the visual and aesthetic language of love. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-07