Many fans of Makoto Shinkai's latest hit film "Weathering with You" have been patiently waiting for May 27th, when the gorgeous book dedicated to the art backgrounds released by Kadokawa Corporation, finally hits bookshelves.

Information on the book, including samples of some of the 240 beautifully detailed, frame-worthy prints, was released earlier this month but today, details were also announced on the special gifts which will come with the first-edition print.

Weathering with You art backgrounds book

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This handsome volume contains 240 art backgrounds which served as the stage of the story of the highly-acclaimed film. You can appreciate the city of Tokyo as it changes appearance depending on the weather, as well as the breathtakingly beautiful world of the sky and the clouds high above it. It also includes interviews with Makoto Shinkai and commentary on the setting of the art backgrounds by Hiroshi Takiguchi.

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Art backgrounds: sample

The art backgrounds are divided into 14 categories such as "Tokyo in the sun", "Tokyo in the rain", "Abandoned building", "Haruna's apartment," etc. Each background print also includes comments by the art staff.

Book Information

  • Name (JP): 新海誠監督作品『天気の子』美術画集
  • Meaning: Director Shinkai Makoto's "Weathering with You" Artbook
  • Price: 2,700 JPY plus tax
  • Format: B5 (6.9" x 9.8"), w/ sleeve, 224 pages
  • ISBN: 978-4-04-604698-7
  • Publisher: Kadokawa Corportation
  • Publication date: May 27th, 2020
  • Book information page (Kadokawa)
  • Pre-order / order on

Reading this book will surely give you a better appreciation of the passion and commitment that went into the art background of each scene, thus heightening your enjoyment of the film when you watch it.

First edition special gifts

For those in Japan, here are the special gifts you'll receive when you buy the book at bookstores or through


Sticker collection for IC cards (smartcard), smartphones and tablets:


Sticker collection for IC cards (smartcard), smartphones and tablets:

Maruzen Junkudo

Sticker collection for IC cards (smartcard), smartphones and tablets:

When you purchase the book from Amazon, you'll get three wallpapers which you can use as your PC background or for backgrounds on Zoom or whichever videoconferencing app you use, as well as one smartphone background:

By - Ben K.