Tale of Ronin

Role-Playing Skills in Tale of Ronin

Role-playing is a fundamental aspect of Tale of Ronin. Each ronin you play as possesses unique characteristics, including specific skills. The game features a total of 15 skills divided into five distinct categories. Some give an advantage in combat, while others offer passive features to aid survival in the challenging world. Certain skills are utilized …

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A black, ink style, drawing of a giant spider with a woman's body erecting from the front. This artwork depicts a Jorogumo, a yokai creature of Japanese lore.

Jorogumo: Japan’s Man-Eating Spider Spirit

Like many other yokai—Japanese spirits, monsters, and supernatural phenomena—the jorogumo is connected to a real animal. The jorogumo spider, known as the Joro spider internationally, is a species of golden orb-weaver spider. It’s usually small and timid. Most specimens reach only a few centimeters in length. However, their bodies are colorful, their webs are strong, …

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Seven Samurai and the Birth of the Samurai Movie: Tale of Ronin’s Origins

According to Akira Kurosawa’s perspective, “the Japanese see self-assertion as immoral, and self-sacrifice is the sensible course to take in Life.” This is because one must serve their master, the shogun, or the emperor. However, this hypothesis is challenged in Seven Samurai, a classic film that inspired Roger Ebert to write: “Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai …

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A stylized, ink painting like, piece of concept artwork. It depicts a man dressed in Japanese edo-period style clothing, with a long stick, standing with the sky behind him.

Shugendo: Japan’s Ancient Tradition of Mountain Asceticism

Shugendo is a religion that originates between the late Heian (794–1185) and Kamakura (1185–1333) periods. This ancient ascetic tradition flourished at a time when Buddhism was being imported from China. Combined with the appreciation for art in the Japanese imperial court, the arrival of organized religion and literacy allowed Shugendo to make its mark. The …

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Religion in Edo Period Japan

The Edo Period in Japan was a time of great religious and social change. The Tokugawa Bakufu, the military government established by Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1603, brought an end to the strife of the Warring States period and ushered in a new era of peace and stability. This period saw the continued practice of Shintoism, …

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