Koto no ha no niwa


I didn't know...

Until I entered high school two months ago,

soaked by someone else's umbrella...

The dampness of my uniform's hem,

clinging to someone's suit...

The smell of naphthalene,

The warm body pushed up against my back...

against my face...

The chill breeze of the air conditioner

- Thank you for riding with us.

- Shinjuku... Shinjuku station...

So much closer.

When I was little the sky was closer...

as with it comes the smell of the sky.

That's why I like the rain,

instead of transferring to the subway,

And often, on rainy mornings,

I exit out the station gates.


Chocolate, and... beer?

But, I think I've seen her somewhere...

- Thank you.

- Here.

U-Um... Have we met before?


I'm sorry, my mistake.

It's okay.

Maybe it's fitting...

(A faint clap of thunder)

Narukami no sukoshi toyomite

(Clouded skies)

sashi kumori

(Perhaps rain comes)

ame mo furanu ka?

(If so, will you stay here with me?)

kimi wo todomemu

The Garden of Words

the rainy season in Kyushu,

This morning, the JMA has declared the start of

5 days earlier than average.

and Kagoshima prefectures

Nagasaki, Saga, Kumamoto,

expect strong rains over a wide area.

I'm home.

Welcome home.

I bought croquettes.

Great. Dinner will be ready soon.

Thank you.

Where's Ma?

Ran out.

to ourselves.

Lucky us, we get all the croquettes

looking for her.

She left a letter saying not to go

But maybe...

Leave her be.

with her boyfriend.

I'm sure she'll be back after fighting

I'll be leaving next month.

I've picked out a place.

Living alone?

With my girlfriend.

Don't think that's why mom ran out?

You told her yesterday, right?

you know?

I wish she could just let her children go,

dating younger men, damn it.

She's the one who's making the rounds

with my boyfriend!

Oh, yeah? Well then I'm gonna go live

She's got those youthful looks, after all.

her entire life.

That's 'cause she's never worked hard

You're the one who's been piling on the years.

All done.

You do the dishes. I've aged enough.

Won't you be glad to have more space?

'suppose so.

Help me move, 'kay?


Hey, have you heard of this?

What is this, a haiku?

It's a tanka.

As if.

Ask Ma when she gets back.

head here, like I'm supposed to.

On sunny mornings, I transfer to the subway and

"This is not what I should be doing now."

But I think to myself





No school today?

And your office... Is it closed today?

I'm skipping work again...

And drinking beer in the park in the morning.

your health.

Drinking beer alone isn't good for

You need to eat something with it.

You know a lot for a high school kid.

It's not me. My mom's the drinker.

I've got snack food.

Want some?

"This woman's a freak," didn't you?

You just thought to yourself

No, I...

We've all got our little quirks.

lt's okay. We're human, after all.



Okay, it's about time for me to go.

Heading to school now?

on rainy mornings.

I've decided to only skip school

Then, maybe we'll see each other again.

Perhaps, when it's raining.

It was the first day of Kanto's rainy season.

Entrance Exam

About Tuition

A shoemaker?

I know it seems out of touch,

but I enjoy creating designs and making shoes.

Of course, I'm still terrible at it.

Of course...

I want to make it my career... if I can.

But despite it all,

I've never told anyone this before.

Do you have any idea how late you are?

You know why I've called you here, right?


Evenings, before I went to sleep...

Mornings, in the moment I woke up...

I realized I was praying for rain.

I was in a terrible, childish place.

I realized that on sunny days,

With nothing but impatience.

so very far away from me...

She exists in a world of working adults,

than the very secrets of the world.

To me she represents nothing less

I know for sure.

Honestly, there are only two things

15years as just some mere kid.

She must think of me and my

that will lead me out of this place.

And two:
Making shoes is the only thing

foryour safety.

Please stay behind the yellow line

Please be careful of the closing doors.

Good morning.

I thought you might not come today.

It's a miracle you haven't been fired yet.

Wow! Is that a shoe design?


I can't see?

It's not something worth showing.


Yes, really.

Come on, sit down over there.

Would you like to join me?

I'm going to eat breakfast.

Okay, but I've brought my own.

You made it yourself?

What? I cook sometimes, you know.


Then let's make a trade.

Wait, I'm not really that good a...

...cook, you know.

It's your own fault.

That's a side of you I didn't expect.


Sorry. But it's tasty in its own way.

It's got... bite.

Don't patronize me.

Can I have another?

Hurry up!

Wait, bro!

Takao, be careful.

Happy birthday, Mom!

Thank you.

What could the three of you have gotten me?

Hey... Do you think it's too late for me?

I could actually taste the food.

And you know what?

So your taste disorder has improved?

I wouldn't go that far.

was alcohol and chocolate.

But just a little while ago, all I could taste

was really for the best.

I think you deciding to just quit

Maybe so.

like you're touching something fragile.

You speak to me so gently,

even to breathe,

But back then, when I found it hard

the voices around you.

you didn't believe me. You only listened to

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Makoto Shinkai

Makoto Shinkai (新海 誠, Shinkai Makoto), born as Makoto Niitsu (新津 誠, Niitsu Makoto, born February 9, 1973), is a Japanese director, writer, producer, animator, editor, cinematographer, voice actor, manga artist and former graphic designer. He is best known for directing Your Name, the highest-grossing anime film of all time, and was listed by Variety as one of 10 animators to watch in 2016. Asteroid 55222 Makotoshinkai is named after him. more…

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