The Garden Of Words by Makoto ShinkaiThe Garden Of Words by Makoto Shinkai

The Garden Of Words

byMakoto ShinkaiAdapterMidori Motohashi

Paperback | October 28, 2014

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The Garden of Words brings to the manga page all the beauty and mystery of the award-winning film from artful animator Makoto Shinkai. Beloved for the simple grace of its artwork as much as the poetic elegance of its text (adapted by Midori Motohashi), The Garden of Words begins with a chance, rainswept encounter between Takao, a young man who dreams of becoming a shoe designer, and Yukari, an enigmatic woman he finds sitting alone, nursing a beer on a park bench. The spare interaction of these two lonely souls sparks a spiritual transformation for the young man, and perhaps the woman as well. As this intriguing, understated story unfolds, their lives will become further intertwined amid rain, beer, school, and shoe cobbling. Words are not often necessary, but in this case just a few words can make a difference in one's heart.
Makoto Shinkai is a Japanese film director, animator, and writer. A native of the Nagano prefecture in Japan, he studied Japanese literature at Chuo University. He traces his passion for creation to the manga, anime, and novels he was exposed to while in middle school. Considered one of the best animators in the world today, he is...
Title:The Garden Of WordsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:220 pages, 7.01 × 5.02 × 0.64 inPublished:October 28, 2014Publisher:Kodansha USALanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1939130832

ISBN - 13:9781939130839

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