Toukiden Kiwami Screenshot - The Age of Grace

Let’s Travel Historical Japan with Toukiden Kiwami (Part 1) – Nara

Hello! Welcome to my second Travel the World with Video Games series! For this round, we’d be visiting one of the countries most associated with video games. Japan!

Historical Japan, that is.

Isolated geographically, and then politically for hundreds of years, Japan developed a culture that is truly different from anywhere else. Today, it shines as one of the foremost gateways to Asia. In the case of geeks like me, Japan is also HOLY GROUND, it being the birthplace of manga, anime and otaku culture. Of course, Japan is also renowned for its gorgeous architecture and breath-taking sceneries. The most famous of the latter being majestic Mount Fuji.

Toukiden Kiwami (討鬼伝 極), Our Travel Vehicle


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Toukiden Kiwami is the expanded version off Toukiden: The Age of Demons, an action role-playing developed by Omega Force and published by Tecmo Koei. It is very much a Koei kind of game, with Anime-like characters, outrageous armours and super oversized weapons. Gameplay itself consists of venturing into different “ages” to slay demons, known as oni, and thereafter crafting better gear from materials dropped by vanished demons. The ages are intriguing for they represent distinct periods of Japanese history. All the way from the prehistoric Jōmon era, to pre-modern years of the Meiji Restoration.

PS: In a nutshell, Toukiden Kiwami tells the story of a historical Japan ravaged by demonic invasion, in which historical periods have been jumbled up into fantastical battlegrounds. While this is convenient for our video game tour, needless to say, you aren’t going to see things like 100 feet tall lotuses or idyllic rivers of lava in the real Japan.

Quick Links

The Age of Grace

The Age of Honor

The Age of War

The Age of Peace

The Age of Chaos

The Age of Yore

Our guide for touring medieval Japan, Atsuo Kun. I.E. … Me.

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Introducing … myself. Oni slayer extraordinaire.

Yes … me. I’d be doing this round personally. If you’re wondering why I chose this name, Atsuo is, well, the first name I thought of when booting the game for the first time. It was a very warm evening that night. (Atsui means hot in Japanese).

Toukiden Kiwami Travel Itinerary 1: Nara and The Age of Grace

The Nara and Heian Periods of Historical Japan

Known as Miyabi (雅) in the Japanese original, the Age of Grace is the first accessible battleground in Toukiden Kiwami. It is a golden world basked in evening sunlight, with towering lotuses and abandoned vermillion structures. Historically, it is based on the classical Nara and Heian periods that lasted from AD 710 to 1185. This age is one of the most “immediately Japanese” battleground within the game.

In actual history, the Nara and Heian periods are considered the formative years of the Japanese Empire. It was during these years that several grandiose capitals were established, the most famous of which being Heijō-kyō (Nara) and Heian-kyō (Kyoto). In the earlier years of the Heian period, the Heian court also successfully consolidated control over the Emishi people of Northern Honshu. A move that completed its domination of the largest island of the Japanese archipelago. Lastly, many of Japan’s most cherished structures nowadays hail from these two periods. For example, the many distinctive temples and pagodas of Nara Park.

References

Suzaku Gate at Reconstruction of Heijō Palace.
The reconstructed Suzaku Gate of Heijō Palace. The palace was the imperial residence during the days of Heijō-kyō. Source: Kenpei
Kasuga Taisha (shrine) in Nara.
Kasuga Taisha (shrine) in Nara. This is one of the most famous shrines from the Nara period. Source: Pundit
Yakushi-ji Temple
Yakushi-ji Temple. Another famous landmark of Nara. The current temple is a reconstruction, though.

Toukiden Kiwami: The Age of Grace

Toukiden Kiwami Screenshot - The Age of Grace
Starting area for the Age of Grace. Naturally, there has to be a Sakura tree.
Toukiden Kiwami Screenshot - The Age of Grace
Plenty of accommodation options in this age. Don’t expect western style facilities, though.
Toukiden Kiwami Screenshot - The Age of Grace
While appreciating the wonders of previous years, please be careful of falling objects.
Our many bamboo paths will really give you that feeling of strolling through historical Japan.
Our many bamboo paths will really give you that feeling of strolling through historical Japan.
No trip to historical Japan is complete without a viewing of Mount Fuji. Through the power of toad magic, we present this illusion to you!
No trip to historical Japan is complete without a viewing of Mount Fuji. Through the power of toad magic, we present this illusion to you!
Toukiden Kiwami Screenshot - The Age of Grace
At our outskirts is a prototype of a large scale autumn viewing veranda. We hope to soon find an ideal location for the finalised version!
Toukiden Kiwami Screenshot - The Age of Grace
When you’re tired from walking, please head to our famous waterfall onsens for a relaxing soak. I mean, drench.
Toukiden Kiwami Screenshot - The Age of Grace
Dinner banquets would be hosted at our Abandoned Palace facility. The many missing walls afford great views of our gardens!
Toukiden Kiwami Screenshot - The Age of Grace Anomaly
Walk up an appetite, or burn off your dinner in our lovely gardens.
Toukiden Kiwami Screenshot - The Age of Grace
Another view of our lovely gardens.
Let's travel historical Japan with Toukiden Kiwami!
In the evenings, feel free to approach our friendly counter staff should you need anything.
Toukiden Kiwami Screenshot - The Age of Grace Anomaly
During free-time in the morning, don’t forget to take some awesome pictures within our ruined temples! (Please do not remove any debris)

More References

Isuien Garden of Nara
Isuien Garden. One of the most visited gardens in Nara. Picture source.
Todaiji Daibutsuden
Tōdai-ji is the most well known temple in Nara nowadays. However, the current structure is actually a reconstruction from 1709. Picture source.

Continue to our second itinerary, where we would be relive Japan’s first two shogunates!

If you’re thinking of visiting Nara in person, check out this comprehensive list of attractions!


If you’ve enjoyed this tour of historical Japan,
consider getting a copy of Toukiden Kiwami!


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