A chance encounter in a lush public garden brings two misunderstood souls together, and silent companionship becomes a refuge for both. Takao is a teenage student eager to escape the classroom and begin a creative career. Whenever it rains, he skips his morning class in order to sketch in a small botanic shelter. It is there he meets Yukino, a young professional woman who cannot bear to go to work and who soon finds herself looking forward to their unplanned meetings. In The Garden of Words, filmmaker Makoto Shinkai calls on a symphony of intense colors, stuttered time, and simple but expressive gestures to create an ode to unconventional friendship.