Reliving Japan’s first two shogunates through Toukiden Kiwami’s Age of Honor!
(All game screenshots are owned by Omega Force and Tecmo Koei Games)
The Age of Honor
The First Two Shogunates: Kamakura and Ashikaga/ Muromachi
Japanese history is unusual. In the sense that for most parts of it, the supreme leader wasn’t the Emperor but military dictators known as Shoguns (将軍).
These powerful de-facto rulers wielded absolute power across all the provinces and controlled even the Emperor. What’s more curious is the fact that unlike most such regimes, Shoguns usually co-existed peacefully with their emperors. They are even nominally appointed in official ceremonies.
Historically, the first Japanese shogunate began in 1192 in Kamakura after the famous victory of the Minamoto Clan (源氏) over the Taira Clan (平氏). This lasted for around 150 years, was full of strife, and ended in 1338 when General Ashikaga Takauji seized absolute power.
In comparison, the Ashikaga Shogunate (足利幕府) was relatively more resilient and managed to last till 1573. As the Ashikaga Shoguns established their base of control in the Muromachi district of Kyoto, their era came to be known as the Muromachi era (室町時代) of Japanese History. This is versus the previous Kamakura era.
PS: If you’re interested in the history of the Minamoto Clan, you might like to check out games like Genji, Genpei Touma Den, etc.
(More information about Japanese historical periods here)
Toukiden Kiwami Travel Itinerary 2: The Age of Honor
Within the game, Toukiden Kiwami describes the Age of Honor as an amalgam of the Kamakura and Muromachi eras. The battleground itself has a very rustic feel, with overgrown trees and shrubbery everywhere.
Compared to the Age of Grace, there are also fewer period-distinctive structures, although one of Japan’s most recognizable landmarks makes a cameo.
Before All Else …
Toukiden Kiwami – The Age of Honor Screenshots
More Real-Life Japan References
Up next, Japan’s tumultuous Warring States Period! Experienced through Toukiden Kiwami’s Age of War!
If you’re thinking of visiting Kamakura, Kyoto, or other shogunate related locations in Japan, this site is easily the best guide.
If you enjoyed this tour of historical Japan,
consider getting a copy of Toukiden Kiwami!
Read my other Video Game Tourist posts.