• Art From Makoto Shinkai’s “The Garden of Words”

  • Art From Makoto Shinkai’s “The Garden of Words”

  • Art From Makoto Shinkai’s “The Garden of Words”

  • Art From Makoto Shinkai’s “The Garden of Words”

  • Art From Makoto Shinkai’s “The Garden of Words”

  • Art From Makoto Shinkai’s “The Garden of Words”

Art From Makoto Shinkai’s “The Garden of Words”

There’s a lot we love about animator Makoto Shinkai, whether it’s his pertinence for slow narratives or his obsession with melancholic atmospheres. But Shinkai is as much a master of creating stunning backgrounds as he is a storyteller. The Garden of Words, a short film about a lonely teenage boy and his relationship with a 27-year-old woman, is one of Shinkai’s better known films, and one of the best things about the film are all the gorgeous background shots of rainy Shinjuku. Rain is a major theme of the whole film, and Shinkai manages to turn slick streets and drenched gardens into scenes that have a life of their own.

The Garden of Words: Memories of Cinema is an art book that compiles all of Shinkai’s stunning background art for the film. At $75 a pop, it’s only recommended for hardcore fans, but we included a few images above for you to gawk at from afar. If you haven’t seen the film yet, watch the trailer.

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