"Weathering with You"

Makoto Shinkai's "Weathering with You" is turning out to be the hit film of the year in Japan. According to Natalie News, the animated film, about a high school boy (Hodaka) who moves from his home on a remote island to Tokyo and meets a strong-willed girl (Hina) with a mysterious ability to stop the rain and clear the skies, drew nearly 9.14 million people to theaters in the 52 days between its July 19th release and September 8th, and earned nearly 12.1 billion yen. The last time a Japanese film passed the 10 billion yen mark was three years ago with Shinkai's previous film "Your Name."

"Weathering with You" Exhibition

Whether you've seen "Weathering with You" just once or several times already, fans who happen to be in the Tokyo area between September 25th and October 7th may be interested in an exhibition of materials from the film's production to be held at Matsuya Ginza, as well as "Weathering with You"-themed menu items at cafes and restaurants within the department store.

Including over 400 items from storyboard panels, setting documents, drawings, background art and more, this substantial exhibition will explore the appeal of "Weathering with You." As an added bonus, exhibits relating to weather, one of the film's central motifs, will also be included, thereby allowing visitors to gain a deeper appreciation of the film.

Let's take a look at what you'll find inside:

Behind the scenes

Invaluable documents such as proposals, storyboard panels, setting documents, drawings and background art. For example:

Makoto Shinkai's original proposal for the film in 2017. His tentative title 「天気予報の君」tenki yohō no kimi can be alternately translated as "you of the weather forecast" or "you from the weather forecast."

Sketch by animation director Atsushi Tamura

Sketch by animation director Atsushi Tamura

Art setting by art director Hiroshi Takiguchi

Tokyo as depicted in the film

The exhibition will also present the beautiful scenery of Tokyo depicted in the film. In a first for a Makoto Shinkai work, "Weathering with You" portrays the Kabukicho entertainment district at night and the urban landscapes of old Tokyo neighborhoods, offering up a different view of Tokyo than you may be accustomed to.

Weather phenomena in the film: hands-on experience

With the collaboration of the Japan Weather Association, the exhibition will also display a machine that reproduces in miniature some of the weather phenomena central to the story, as well as measuring devices allowing visitors to observe and understand the meteorological science behind the film.

Exhibition-only original weather forecast display

Only at the "Weathering with You" Exhibition, you'll find original digital signage displaying a daily weather forecast for the vicinity of the Matsuya Ginza department store.


In addition to the attractions of the exhibition, you'll also be able to buy over 300 "Weathering with You" goods, including exhibition-only custom items and collaboration goods from famous brands and designers inspired by the film.

Collaboration Menu

After you've seen the exhibition and explored the world of "Weathering with You," you can relax with "Weathering with You" sweets and drinks at one of two shops situated in the Matsuya Ginza department store:

MG Cafe

Located in "Restaurant City," on the same 8th floor as the exhibition, MG Cafe is featuring the following collaboration items on their menu:

"Shrine at the entrance of the sky Mojito" (空の入り口の神社モヒート)

This virgin Mojito infused with ginger is inspired by the scene when Hina goes through the gate of the rooftop shrine and is carried aloft into the sky. The "sky fish" are represented by Chia seeds, and the leaves which get blown up into the clouds by mint.

Price: 900 JPY (excl. tax)

"Anvil cloud matcha affogato" (かなとこ雲の抹茶アフォガード)

The world above the anvil cloud is expressed with cotton candy and dry ice. Part the clouds and you'll find ice cream underneath. Sprinkle matcha on top and enjoy.

Price: 1,000 JPY (excl. tax)

"Raindrop strawberry shortcake parfait" (しずくのイチゴショートケーキパフェ)

This tasty parfait is designed after Hina's favorite dessert, shortcake, and served in a raindrop-shaped glass. Strawberries, sponge cake, strawberry jelly, cereal flakes and ice cream are layered inside, so you can enjoy different textures.

Price: 1,400 JPY (excl. tax)

"'Above the clouds' fluffy chiffon cake" (雲の上のふわふわシフォンケーキ)

This dish decorated like the world above the clouds features a slice of black tea chiffon cake as fluffy as a cumulonimbus. Enjoy it together with dollops of fluffy espuma whipped cream.

Price: 1,300 JPY (excl. tax)

"Sky color fruitade" (空の色のフルーツネード)

These lemonades are blended with herb teas and designed to look like the changing colors of the sky. Squeeze lemon juice in and you'll discover a beautiful color gradation. Choose between mango (yellow), peach (orange) and strawberry (red).

Price: 800 JPY (excl. tax)

Utsukushikunaru Beer Garden

If you'd like to see more variety, you can try the rooftop Utsukushikunaru Beer Garden (美しくなるビアーガーデン), which will have the following:

"Anvil cloud pancake" (かなとこ雲のパンケーキ)

The anvil cloud from the film is expressed in meringue.

Price: 1,463 JPY (excl. tax)

"Hina's dessert plate" (陽菜のデザートプレート)

A plate full of sweets inspired by Hina (strawberry cake, jelly for the choker ornament and chiffon cake).

Price: 1,278 JPY (excl. tax)

"'Fair weather business' colorful parfait" (お天気ビジネス カラフルパフェ)

Designed in the image of Hodaka, Hina and Nagi's thriving 'fair weather business,' this colorfully arranged parfait features assorted fruits, nata de coco, jelly and trifle.

Price: 1,250 JPY (excl. tax)

"Blue sky cream soda" (ブルースカイ クリームソーダ)

This drink features cream and cotton candy clouds against a refreshing blue soda sky. Lemon jelly inside makes it a fun drink for kids and adults alike.

Price: 1,065 JPY (excl. tax)

"Sunset orange tea" (サンセット オレンジティ―)

This orange tea drink expresses the colors of sunset as the rays of the setting sun shine on a praying Hina.

Price: 1,000 JPY (excl. tax)

Exhibition Details

  • Dates: September 25th (Wed.) to October 7th (Mon.)
  • Times: 10:00 to 20:00 (to 20:30 on Sep. 29th and 30th, to 17:00 on October 7th)
  • Where: Matsuya Ginza 8th Floor Event Square
  • Address (JP):〒104-8130 東京都中央区銀座3-6-1
  • Address (EN): 3-6-1 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo 104-8130
  • Sponsor: Asahi Shimbun
  • Collaboration: Comix Wave Films, Toho
  • Fee (advance ticket price in parentheses): Adults 1,200 JPY (1,000 JPY), H.S. kids 900 JPY (700 JPY), J.H.S. kids 700 JPY (600 JPY), E.S. kids 500 JPY (400 JPY)
  • Advance tickets: Lawson Ticketing (L Code 32888) until Sep. 24th
  • Inquiries: Matsuya Ginza 03-3567-1211

By - Ben K.