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    “Makoto Shinkai Exhibit –Makoto Shinkai’s World Seen Through the Feature Films– ” China / Xian

    Exhibition

    Venue: Xian Music Hall
    Dates: September 30, 2015 ~ November 1

    The third in a series of exhibits to make their rounds throughout China over three years, sponsored by the Japan Foundation. Held in the foyer of Xian’s concert hall. Featured The Place Promised in Our Early Days, 5 Centimeters Per Second, Children Who Chase Lost Voices and The Garden of Words with exhibits showing the entire production process through storyboards, character designs, animation layouts and keyframe copies, and theatrical posters. Visitors were able to take commemorative photographs in the works’ background art and view screenings of the works’ making-of documentaries as well as director and cast interviews.

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    “Makoto Shinkai Exhibit –Makoto Shinkai’s World Seen Through the Feature Films– ” China / Nanjing

    Exhibition

    Venue: Nanjing Fureai no Ba
    Dates: July 25, 2015 ~ July 31

    The second of a series of exhibits to make its rounds throughout China over three years, sponsored by the Japan Foundation. Opened with a special presentation and autograph session by the composer of The Garden of Words soundtrack, Daisuke KASHIWA. It featured The Place Promised in Our Early Days, 5 Centimeters Per Second, Children Who Chase Lost Voices and The Garden of Words with exhibits showing the entire production process through storyboards, character designs, animation layouts and keyframe copies, and theatrical posters. Visitors were able to take commemorative photographs in the works’ background art and view screenings of the works’ making-of documentaries as well as director and cast interviews.

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    “Makoto Shinkai Exhibit –Makoto Shinkai’s World Seen Through the Feature Films– ” China / Beijing

    Exhibition

    Venue: Japan Foundation Beijing Japanese Culture Center
    Dates: March 7, 2015 ~ March 29

    The first in a series of exhibits to make their rounds throughout China over three years, sponsored by the Japan Foundation. It featured The Place Promised in Our Early Days, 5 Centimeters Per Second, Children Who Chase Lost Voices and The Garden of Words with exhibits showing the entire production process through storyboards, character designs, animation layouts and keyframe copies, and theatrical posters. Visitors were able to take commemorative photographs in the works’ background art and view screenings of the works’ making-of documentaries as well as director and cast interviews.

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    “Makoto Shinkai Exhibit –You are Half of This World– ”Ooka Makoto Kotoba Museum

    Exhibition

    Venue: Ooka Makoto Kotoba Museum
    Dates: June 28, 2014 ~ October 19

    Featured Shinkai’s four works that are centered on daily life, including The Garden of Words, 5 Centimeters Per Second, She and Her Cat and Crossroads. Display included storyboards and animation keyframes from the four works as well as a stereoscopic display showing the layers making up a scene from the film and a short movie showing the making of the exhibit’s original poster art. A sculptural “word” exhibit of actual phrases used in the works and the lyrics of Crossroads was also held, effectively utilizing the venue’s space.

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    “The Garden of Words” (Novel)

    Novel

    Publisher: KADOKAWA / Media Factory
    【Hardcover】
    Publication Date: April 11, 2014
    Price: ¥1,500 + tax

    The novelization of The Garden of Words, written by Makoto Shinkai himself. The novel presents an expansion of the film’s world, with emphasis placed on the untold stories behind certain characters or episodes from the film. Each chapter is described by an accompanying Manyoshu poem, chosen to fit the image of that chapter. Originally serialized in the magazine “Da Vinci” from September 2013 to March 2014.

    The Garden of Words novel website

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