Tuesday, 2 August 2016

The Garden of Words 言の叶の庭 (Kotonoha no Niwa)


Takao, who is training to become a shoemaker, skipped school and is sketching shoes in a Japanese-style garden. He meets a mysterious woman, Yukino, who is older than him. Then, without arranging the times, the two start to see each other again and again, but only on rainy days. They deepen their relationship and open up to each other. But the end of the rainy season soon approaches …

Yukino bids him farewell with a tanka (a form of Japanese poetry), leaving Takao puzzled as to its origin and meaning.

なるかみの, すこしとよみて,

[A faint clap of thunder,
Clouded skies,
Perhaps rain will come.
If so, will you stay here with me?]

Takao meets Yukino at the park and greets her by reciting the 2,514th poem from the Man'yōshū Japanese poetry collection, the correct response to her tanka, which he found in a classic Japanese literature textbook.


[A faint clap of thunder,
Even if rain comes or not,
I will stay here,
Together with you.]

Genre: Drama, Romance, Slice of Life, Psychological

Original Run: May 31, 2013

1. Rain                        [Ending]
2. Gen no Kano           [Insert]

Manga: Kotonoha no Niwa
Published: April 25, 2013 – October 25, 2013
Volume: 1

Light Novel: Kotonoha no Niwa
Published: September 2013 – April 2014
Volume: 1

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