Shinkai Makoto was born in 1973 in Nagano. After Japanese Literature studies, he directs a first short animation motion, in 1999, She and Her Cat. In 2002, he directs The Voices of a Distant Star, before making his debut feature, The Place promised in our early days, which gains worldwide recognition. He continues by directing either short or long features. Your Name is amidst the biggest Japanese box office sucesses of all times.