Kotonoha no Niwa

The Garden of Words

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Synonyms: Koto no Ha no Niwa, The Garden of Kotonoha
Japanese: 言の葉の庭
English: The Garden of Words
German: The Garden of Words
Spanish: El Jardín de las Palabras
French: The Garden of Words
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: May 31, 2013
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Studios: CoMix Wave Films
Source: Original
Genres: DramaDrama, RomanceRomance, Slice of LifeSlice of Life
Theme: Visual ArtsVisual Arts
Duration: 46 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.901 (scored by 480132480,132 users)
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Ranked: #7192
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Popularity: #194
Members: 789,818
Favorites: 6,589

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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, for the very first time. Offering to make her new shoes, Takao continues to meet with Yukari throughout the rainy season, and without even realizing it, the two are able to alleviate the worries hidden in their hearts just by being with each other. However, their personal struggles have not disappeared completely, and as the end of the rainy season approaches, their relationship will be put to the test.

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In 2013, Kotonoha no Niwa won the Kobe Theatrical Film Award, shared the Satoshi Kon Award for Achievement in Animation with Berserk: Ougon Jidaihen III - Kourin. In 2014, the movie won the AniMovie Award for best feature film.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Teramoto, Rika

Terasaki, Yuka

Akizuki, Shouta

Maeda, Takeshi


Han, Megumi

Akizuki, Satomi

Hirano, Fumi


Kawaguchi, Noritaka
Shinkai, Makoto
Director, Script, Storyboard, Color Design, Director of Photography, Editing, Original Creator
Yamada, Haru
Sound Director
Hata, Motohiro
Theme Song Performance


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Ending Theme

"Rain" by Motohiro Hata

Jun 2, 2013
Makoto Shinkai is a name that has become increasingly prevalent over the years. And for good reason, too. After hitting the anime industry in 2007 with his opus magnum "5 Centimeters Per Second", he quickly established himself as a director with the ability to combine masterful artistic talent with emotional, bittersweet storytelling.

Does his latest animation achieve that same ideal? In some ways, it does. But if you are awaiting another great story, this is not what you are looking for.

"The Garden of Words" is a short film depicting the romance and relationship between a 15-year-old boy and 27-year-old woman. Takao, the boy, feels ...
Jun 28, 2015
The greatest injustice that can be inflicted upon “Kotonoha no Niwa” is to falsely and narrowly label this 46-minute film a simple story of love. Too often do you see people claim that this movie is one about a "forbidden love" created by an age difference and it is through these lens that unwarranted and confused criticisms of the show sometimes emerge. The Garden of Words has a level of nuanced complexity that is concealed for the presumptuous as it requires you to think and pay attention to its use of visuals as well as its dialogue to ...
May 31, 2013
“Oh lord my eyes!” Well, that's the first four words that I thought when I watched this 46 minute film. I mean it in a good way though because this movie is something of a beauty. A few words to describe them from my mind are: alluring, charming, bewitching, glorious, and elegant. But beyond just the visuals lies a story about a young man (shoemaker to be exact) and a woman named Yukino. Together, they formulate this movie that is expressed in the Garden of Words.

Garden of Words (also known as Kotonoha no Niwa) is a 2013 film and the latest installation of Makoto ...

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