[Looking for nominations!] Intermediate Japanese Book Club // Now Reading: セーラー服と機関銃

I hope this is right - never done this before. :sweat_smile: Also I haven’t read this one, but I did buy it this past fall to put on my list.

小説 言の葉の庭



(from Amazon)


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.


eBook on BookWalker

Personal Opinion

I saw the Garden of Words movie from Makoto Shinkai and really liked it lol This novel is a deeper dive into the story and characters in the movie which sounds interesting. I also think the book actually came after the movie which is something I’ve never heard of before.

Pros and Cons for the Book Club


  • A lot of positive reviews on Amazon.
  • Reviews on Amazon say the sentence structures are easy to read.


  • The story focuses on the lives of the characters so it’s not action-packed if that’s what people are looking for.


First Three Pages of Chaper One

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