[Topic] Prototype of “Your Name” derived from an ancient poem

It’s needless to explain you what is “Your Name”.

Director Makoto Shinkai tweeted.




He posted the proposal of Kimi no Na ha (Your Name) to the movie agent 14 July 2014.

The title was “Had I known it was dream”(夢と知りせば).


It comes from an ancient poem in 9th century by a woman poet, Ono no Komachi (小野 小町).





Longing for him

I fell asleep —

is it why he appeared ?

Had I known it was a dream

I would never have awakened.


In the Heian period (794-1185), they thought that a lover comes to confess his/her love in the dream.

So lovers meet each other in the dream.

It’s just the same as Your Name.


It inspired Shinkai.

He has studied Japanese literature in the University and likes it.

The oldest poem had been transformed into the newest anime Your Name.

That’s amazing!



One more trivia.

Ono no Komachi was renowned for her beauty and Komachi is today a synonym for feminine beauty.

Then you have already found characters named Komachi in anime?


Komachi Onozuka (Touhou Project)


Komachi Hikigaya (My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong as I Expected)


See you in the dream!


And see also;

[Topic] Your Name BD/DVD releasing with Special Bonus!

[Goods] Your Name. new LINE sticker

[Goods] Your Name(Kimi no Na wa) T-shirt / cushion cover

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