Game Review: Tokaido

A few years ago, my brother and sister-in-law gifted us with the board game Tokaido, a game based on the old "highway" that linked Kyoto and the shogun's capital of Edo. The game sat in our cabinet for entirely too long (5 year olds don't listen to complicated game explanations) until guilt ate away too... Continue Reading →

Crash Course: Emperor Meiji

A few weeks ago, I mentioned that there are two names you'll encounter nearly everywhere in your travels throughout Japan. The first was Tokugawa Ieyasu, father of the Tokugawa Shogunate. The second? Emperor Meiji, the man who became the emblem for the modernization movement in Japan. And it just so happens that tomorrow is the... Continue Reading →

Crash Course: The Tokugawa Shogun(s)

Quick - name a Japanese historical figure. (And no, Ken Watanabe's character in The Last Samurai does NOT count.) Chances are one of two names comes to mind - Emperor Meiji, the man who oversaw Japan's emergence as a modern power, and Tokugawa Ieyasu, the samurai who fought to unite Japan and ushered in an... Continue Reading →

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