Let’s Visit Historical Japan with Toukiden Kiwami Part 2 – The Age of Honor

Toukiden Kiwami Review - The Age of HonorToukiden Kiwami Review - The Age of Honor



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)


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The Age of Grace

The Age of Honor

The Age of War

The Age of Peace

The Age of Chaos

The Age of Yore

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 Player.
I’m proud to be your guide again!

Real-Life References

Kinkakuji. The Golden Pavilion.
The magnificent Kinkaku-ji, or Golden Pavilion. This World Heritage Site once belonged to a powerful statesman, before bought by Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu as a retirement home. The current structure is a reconstruction. Sadly, the original was burned down in 1950.
Miyajima Itsukushima Shrine.
Itsukushima shrine of Miyajima Island. Another Japanese World Heritage Site, the current structure was constructed in the 16th century with designs based on one from 1168 i.e. Just before the Kamakura Era.
Miyajima Great Torii at low tide.
The symbolic Great Torii, or Shinto gate, of Miyajima Island. A UNESCO site together with Itsukushima shrine, this is one of the top three views of Japan. (When at high tide and floating on the water, that is)

Toukiden Kiwami – The Age of Honor Screenshots

Let’s Visit Historical Japan with Toukiden Kiwami Part 2 – The Age of Honor
Our starting area. Do you not feel a deep sense of spirituality? From an age filled with valiant samurais and courageous generals?
Toukiden Kiwami screenshot - The Age of Honor.
A typical samurai’s house. This might not look like much, dear travellers, but in historical Japan, it was considered as luxurious.
Age of Honor Screenshot.
Before we continue our tour in the Age of Honor, your lodgings for this visit. Do request for paper screens if the nights get too windy for you.
Toukiden Kiwami Dan-no-Ura Battle.
Our Battle of Dan-no-Ura diorama! Victory in this decisive naval battle led to Minamoto no Yoritomo becoming the first Shogun, thereafter establishing the first of Japan’s shogunates.
Toukiden Kiwami Itsukushima Shrine.
I’m embarrassed to say this. I’m not too sure why such an elaborate shrine was built here. Maybe it’s to appease angry samurai spirits. We do get a lot of strange tortoises and crabs here.
Toukiden Kiwami Age of Honor Scenery.
Plenty of spectacular mountainside scenery in this battleground, yes? Please mind your step when taking pictures.
Toukiden Kiwami PS4 Gameplay.
Don’t forget to check out our many photo spots!
Toukiden Kiwami Kinkaku-Ji
Ladies and gentlemen, our star attraction. The … original Golden Pavilion. It’s still in the midst of restoration, so please bear with us during your selfie taking.
The Age of Honor Anomaly.
One of the many mythical stones in the Age of Honor. Pray at them for a dash of good luck!
Toukiden Kiwami PS4
Also, our … original Golden Pavilion sometimes experiences interesting plant growth around it. These are most often seen during the evening.
Toukiden Kiwami The Age of Honor Boss Fight Stage.
Magical sunsets can be experienced at our fringe areas.
Age of Honor Anomaly Screenshot.
Lastly, be sure to say hello to our many guardians. Not only do they watch over your safety, they are useful sources of travel information.

More Real-Life Japan References

Japanese Nio Guardian Statue
A Japanese Ni-O Guardian statue. More commonly associated with Nara, the most famous pair at Tōdai-ji was created during the early Kamakura Shogunate.
Historical painting of the Battle of Dan-no-Ura.
Historical painting of the Battle of Dan-no-Ura. As mentioned above, this naval battle was instrumental in the formation of Shogunates in Japanese history.

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.




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Let’s Visit Historical Japan with Toukiden Kiwami Part 2 – The Age of Honor
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Let’s Visit Historical Japan with Toukiden Kiwami Part 2 – The Age of Honor
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Toukiden Kiwami Age of Honor review and feature. This time we visit the Kamakura and Muromachi eras, the eras of Japan’s first two shogunates.
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