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Let’s Travel Historical Japan with Toukiden Kiwami (Part 4) – The Age of Peace & The Edo Period

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 The Edo Period

The Edo Period, also known as the Tokugawa Shogunate, lasted from 1603 to. After decades of civil war, legendary warlord Tokugawa Ieyasu emerged victorious and was declared Shogun by the Emperor. To consolidate his rule, Ieyasu set in place a series of harsh controls and also established an eastern capital in the fishing village of Edo. Fearful of foreign influences sowing discord within the newly united country, the third Tokugawa Shogun, Iemitsu, then implemented sakoku (鎖国), or closed-country policy, which effectively isolated Japan from the world. This isolation stifled political and technological developments, yet at the same time, also encouraged much flourishing of Japan’s already unique culture. Some of the things the world most associate with Japan today achieved their greatest heights during the Edo period. Ukiyo-e, Kabuki, etc.

Toukiden Kiwami Travel Itinerary 4: The Age of Peace

Laws and punishments enacted by the Tokugawa Shoguns were harsh. However, they did maintain peace and stability during the Edo Period. Toukiden Kiwami reflects this by depicting The Age of Peace as a serene nightscape surrounding an affluent town. Streets are lined with graceful teahouses while Sakura bloom gloriously. In the distance also looms a classical Japanese castle keep. To cite the words of the game, a profound silence suffuses the entire area. The entire area is void of any human activity.

References

Geisha Teahouses in Kanazawa.
Geisha Teahouses in Kanazawa. | Source: Kakidai
Kochi Castle Keep.
Kochi Castle Keep. | Source: 663highland
A typical Edo Period Machiya, or town house.
A typical Edo Period Machiya, or town house. | Source: Amagase

Toukiden Kiwami: The Age of Peace

Let's travel historical Japan with Toukiden Kiwami!- The Age of Peace.
Before all else, dear visitors, you are just in time to see our Sakura trees in full bloom!
Let's travel historical Japan with Toukiden Kiwami!- The Age of Peace.
To celebrate Sakura mankai, all shops are opened till 4am in the morning!
Let's travel historical Japan with Toukiden Kiwami!- The Age of Peace.
How about a romantic stroll beside illuminated canals? (Kindly do not remove the spirit orbs)
Toukiden Kiwami - The Age of Peace screenshot.
For ¥100,000, you can hang a tiger pelt on our majestic Weeping Sakura tree and make a wish!
Toukiden Kiwami - The Age of Peace screenshot.
If you prefer quieter lodgings, our authentic machiyas at the outskirts of town are sure to delight.
Let's travel the Edo Period with Toukiden Kiwami!
To clarify, Japan wasn’t entirely walled up during the Edo Period. We did allow the Dutch to trade with us at Nagasaki. After the, erm, end of isolation, we even permitted a church to be built there.
Let's travel historical Japan with Toukiden Kiwami!- The Age of Peace
By the way, our surroundings are quite lovely too. They are dotted with reconstructions of famous Japanese landmarks.
Let's travel historical Japan with Toukiden Kiwami!- The Age of Peace
Last but not least, our showpiece for the Age of Peace, the incredible Edo Performance Hall! This multi-purpose auditorium is spacious enough for even aerial performances!
Let's travel historical Japan with Toukiden Kiwami!- The Age of Peace Anomaly.
A performance in action! Join us for these nightly Whack-the-Oni sessions!

More References

Interior of a mdoern Kabuki performance hall. Kabuki is one of the greatest cultural products of the Edo Period.
Interior of a mdoern Kabuki performance hall. Kabuki is one of the greatest cultural products of the Edo Period. | Source: Sumire-Lover
Sumptuous interior of Nijō Castle, the Tokugawa residence in Kyoto.
Sumptuous interior of Nijō Castle, the Tokugawa residence in Kyoto. | Source: Tomomarusan

Our next segment will bring us to the era of the Shinsemgumi and Loyalists, the Meiji Restoration!


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