The Red Thread of Fate from Your Name explained

The Red Thread of Fate from Your Name

Soulmates are outdated, if you’re meant to be with someone it’s the Red Thread of Fate that’ll connect you with them. Kimi no Na Wa or Your Name beautifully puts this abstract concept of the red thread on display in its plot. The red thread is as significant as the main characters themselves. But what is this red thread and where does this idea originate from?

It arises from East-Asian myths and makes you believe in a romance that is too divine for this wretched world we’re a part of. Makoto Shinkai explains it better in his movie than we’ll ever be able to. So let’s look at the textbook definition of the Red Thread of Fate and its significance in Your Name.

What is The Red Thread of Fate?

Mitsuha Your Name
Mitsuha Miyamizu from Kimi no Na Wa | Image Courtesy of Makoto Shinkai and CoMix Wave Films

The Red Thread of Fate is a concept born from Chinese Mythology. It connects two people who are meant for each other, irrespective of the time, place, or situation. This idea has been beautifully used in your name and spelled out at every point in the movie. While some scenes are more subtle, others are out in the open for us to see. Let’s explore the idea in the movie’s context and understand what it means for Your Name.

Musubi: Red thread of fate from Your Name

Miyamizu Family Your Name
MItsuha, Yotsuha, and their grandmother weaving threads | Image Courtesy of Makoto Shinkai and CoMix Wave Films

The Japanese word Musubi means Union. It is similar to The Red Thread of Fate. If two people are truly meant for each other, The Red Thread of Fate binds them together irrespective of time, place, or any other obstacle. Mitsuha’s grandmother defines Musubi as an abstract concept that binds people together.

It’s the flow of time, things get undone, entangled, and then reunite. Similar to the process of creating the red threads used in the Miyamizu Shrine. Beyond the idea of romantic love, it’s also used as a charm. Here are all the instances when the idea was iterated in the movie.

Taki from kimi no na wa
Taki drinking the Kuchikamisake | Image Courtesy of Makoto Shinkai
  • The first time we see the symbolism being used is when Mitsuha uses a literal red thread to tie her hair. Further on we see her spitting out the sake during the ceremony and covering it with the help of a red thread. The Kuchikamisake she spat out is a part of her as explained by her grandma. This is why Taki consumes the Kuchikamisake made by Mitsuha to reconnect with her one more time.
  • They were separated by time, circumstances, and places. While Taki lived in Tokyo, Mitsuha dwelled in the countryside town of Itomori.
  • There were also parts of different timelines. Even with all these differences, they always ended up around each other. Not even death (Mitsuha’s death) could keep them apart.
Mitsuha Miyamizu
Mitsuha during the Kataware Doki | Image Courtesy of Makoto Shinkai and CoMix Wave Films

When Mitsuha visits Taki, there is nothing they share. It was three years before Taki swapped bodies with Mitsuha for the first time. At that time, she gives her the thread and he keeps it with him. When they swap bodies for the last time during the Kataware Doki, Taki gives it back to Mitsuha as a charm.

She was responsible for the lives of many and charms come in handy in such situations. Even when they cross each other during that moment, the red thread appears between their hands for a second.

Conclusion

Taki Your Name
Taki and the Red Thread of fate | Image Courtesy of Makoto Shinkai and CoMix Wave Films

Mitsuha and Taki met through a supernatural phenomenon. It connected them. Even when the body-swapping stopped, different people and situations led them to each other. This article was an attempt to undo all these instances from the movie and put them back together, a practical explanation of Musubi, you see?

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