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Let’s Visit Historical Japan with Toukiden Kiwami Part 5 – The Age of Chaos

Toukiden Kiwami Screenshot - The Age of Chaos
Toukiden Kiwami Screenshot - The Age of Chaos

Aptly named the Age of Chaos, Toukiden Kiwami’s fifth battleground symbolises the tumultous years leading to modern Japan.
(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 Meiji Restoration

After over two centuries of peace, Japan once more descended into nationwide chaos with the arrival of American Commodore Matthew Perry’s warships.

Called the kurofune (黒船), or black ships, Perry’s success in forcing Japan to open up its ports for trade not only humiliated the Japanese, it made them painfully aware of how behind the world they were.

By this time, the Tokugawa Shogunate was also in decline, with disgruntled samurais all over Japan bitter about having to work menial jobs for survival. In 1867, the last shogun Tokugawa Yoshinobu was forced to resign from his post in the face of growing unrest. On Jan 27 the next year, the Boshin War (戊辰戦争) also broke out, spearheaded by imperialists eager to abolish the shogunate and restore full power to the Japanese emperor. (This struggle inspired numerous Manga and Anime in modern times, for example, Samurai X)

In retaliation, the still-influential Yoshinobu then attacked Kyoto and tried to seize the imperial court.

In all, the Boshin War lasted 17 months and could be viewed as having two segments. After Yoshinobu failed to capture Kyoto and surrendered to the imperialists, his remaining forces retreated northwards to Hokkaido and established the Ezo Republic (蝦夷). Ezo itself lasted less than half a year before it was defeated at the Battle of Hakodate.

Of note, the short-lived Ezo Republic, ironically, was the first Japanese government to institutionalise democracy. This, when they were birthed from the remnants of a medieval totalitarian regime.

Toukiden Kiwami Travel Itinerary 5: The Age of Chaos

One of the most important areas in Toukiden Kiwami, story-wise, the Age of Chaos is both beautiful and desolate to behold.

A frozen wasteland throughout, late Edo Period structures surround prowling onis while relics of war guard icy stalagmites. At the northernmost end, there is also an immense star-shaped fortress, hovering silently beyond the cliffs like an otherworldly maw.

Those who have been to Hakodate in Hokkaido would instantly recognise this curious structure as Goryōkaku (五稜郭). The final battle of the Boshin War was fought here in 1869.

(More information about Japanese historical periods here)

Real-Life References

Goryōkaku in Hakodate, Hokkaido. This curious fortress was the last stronghold for the shogunate supporters. | Source: Magnus Manske
Winter in Japan. Nowadays, the frozen scenery of the island nation is visited by tens of thousands of tourists yearly.
Tokugawa Yoshinobu organising defences during the Kinmon incident of 1864. Discontent was already at a dangerous high during that year.

Toukiden Kiwami: The Age of Chaos Screenshots

This might be the Age of Chaos. But a serenity suffuses the entire area.
One of our preserved warships. Not one of those black ones that kick-started the Meiji Restoration, though. This was one of those used to trounce the Shogun’s men.
Historical cannons. Be careful! Most are still functional.
Do visit any of our lovely Toukiden Kiwami leisure establishments should the weather get too chilly for you.
Our accommodation for this evening. The upper levels afford spectacular views of the majestic ice fields.
Drifting ice! One of our most popular photographic attractions.
Ah yes. Our star attraction. Just as Perry’s black warships kick-started the Meiji Restoration, defeat at Goryōkaku in Hakodate formalised the return of power to the Japanese Emperor.
Many of our natural ice formations were formed over thousands of years. Do be careful when enjoying them. (I.E. no touching, please)
Our ever-popular ice battle challenge! Head and buttock shots score triple!

More Real-Life Japan References

Meiji-Mura, an architectural theme park in Inuyama, Japan. After the Meiji Restoration, Emperor Meiji set in motion many plans to encourage modernisation. Buildings constructed during his era were interesting mixes of the East and West.
A Satsuma cannon. You’ve already seen this in one of the pictures above. | Source: World Imaging

We are reaching the end of our historical Japan tour! For our final round, we will travel back thousands of years to the mythical years of the Jōmon Period!


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Let’s Visit Historical Japan with Toukiden Kiwami Part 5 – The Age of Chaos
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The Meiji Restoration marks Japan’s entry into the modern era. Let’s visit this tumultuous period with Toukiden Kiwami for the PS4!
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