Review of “The Garden of Words” (2013)

Moving picture, 46 minutes

Shinkai Makoto (writer-director).

Seen in 2013.

Excellent special-effects animation. The original title, 「言の葉の庭」 (Koto no ha no niwa), is visually styled to highlight an etymological correspondence between the words (「言葉」, kotoba, in modern Japanese) and the garden: The Japanese word for “word” means and is written as “leaf of speech”. A conversation would then correspond symbolically to a real garden with leaves in it.

References here: Your Name (2016), No. 7 Cherry Lane (2019).

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