Yen Press is set to release the novelization of famed anime director Makoto Shinkai’s award-winning 2013 film The Garden of Words, an emotional drama about two lonely souls who meet in the garden of Shinjuku during rainy season and help each other “learn to walk again” in life.

Makoto Shinkai has become internationally renowned for his poignant coming of age anime stories depicted in films such as Your Name and Weathering With You. The Garden of Words is a touching and emotional anime film that was released in 2013 and is also currently available on Netflix.

On rainy mornings, Takao can never bring him-self to go to school-instead, he spends that time at the beautiful Shinjuku Gyoen gardens and finds a brief reprieve from everything else in his life among the trees and flowers. And on one of those mornings, he discovers a mysterious woman named Yukino in his haven, skipping work, and an unlikely friendship blooms between them. But though these two are the center of this story, they are far from the only ones trying to find their way in life. From director Makoto Shinkai comes a deeper look at his award winning 2013 film, The Garden of Words, full of additional scenes and perspectives to show a whole new side of the many characters who brought the film to life.

The Garden of Words novel will be published in print and digitally on August 25th.

Yen Press Releases “The Garden of Words” Novel