The Age of Peace
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The Edo Period
The Edo Period, also known as the Tokugawa Shogunate, lasted from 1603 to 1868 in Japanese history. 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. In fear of foreign influences sowing discord within the newly united country, the third Tokugawa Shogun, Iemitsu, then implement sakoku, or closed-country policy, which effectively isolated Japan from the world. This isolation stifled political and technological developments, but 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 establish overall peace and stability during the Edo Period. Toukiden Kiwami reflects this by depicting The Age of Peace as a serene nightscape surrounding a peaceful town. Graceful teahouses line the streets. Sakura bloom gloriously and in the distance also looms a classical Japanese castle keep. In the words of the game, a profound silence suffuses the entire area. The entire area is void of any human activity.
Toukiden Kiwami: The Age of Peace
Our next segment will bring us to the era of the Shinsemgumi and Loyalists, the Meiji Restoration!
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