Makoto Shinkai’s ‘The Garden of Words’ gets a stage play in 2020

One of Shinkai's best goes live-action!

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One of Makoto Shinkai’s best work gets a live-action stage play next year!

Whole Hog Theatre, a known theatrical company in the U.K. (who were also responsible for Studio Ghibli’s Princess Mononoke Stage Play) recently announced that they will be producing a stage play for The Garden of Words.


From Whole Hog Theatre:

Rainy season. Tokyo. Akizuki is skipping class; Yukino should be at work.
When a student and an older woman seeking solace in a Japanese garden meet by chance, their mutual feelings of alienation draw them together. But a truth is about to be uncovered. The friendship that could save them might also ruin them…

Based on the stereotype-defying Anime by world-renowned director Makoto Shinkai (your name.), The Garden of Words is a modern Tokyo tale inspired by ancient Man’yōshū poetry. This subtle drama explores invisible disability, loss of human connection in a digital world and challenges us to consider the moral line between platonic and romantic longing.


For those in Asia, there will be an option to watch the play in Japan as they will tour in Tokyo. More details in from Whole Hog’s official website.