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Kotonoha no Niwa novel

The novel's cover.

The Garden of Words (言の葉の庭, Kotonoha no Niwa) is a novel written by Makoto Shinkai. It is a novelisation of the movie by the same name and it was initially released in monthly installments in the September 2013 to April 2014 issues of Da Vinci magazine. The full novel, with new scenes not present in the movie nor in the serialized chapters, was released by Kadokawa Shoten on April 11, 2014.[1]


Each chapter is written from a character's point of view.

  1. Takao Akizuki
  2. Yukari Yukino
  3. Shōta Akizuki
  4. Takao Akizuki
  5. Yukari Yukino
  6. Sōichirō Ito
  7. Shōko Aizawa
  8. Takao Akizuki
  9. Yukari Yukino and Takao Akizuki
  10. Reimi Akizuki
  11. Takao Akizuki and Yukari Yukino (Epilogue)