Tale of Ronin

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Burakumin: The Untouchable Caste of Feudal Japan

The burakumin are a large group of people who were historically discriminated against in Japan. They are not an ethnic minority; the discrimination against them is based on caste and descent. Considered “outcaste” and “untouchable,” the burakumin occupied the lowest rung in the traditional Japanese social structure. During the early Edo period, those who worked …

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An ink-style drawing of Kabuki and Kabukimono, gangs of flamboyantly dressed samurai, from Edo period Japan. The art depicts three samurai standing with a third as a larger visage hanging in the air.

Kabuki and Kabukimono: The Violent Birth of an Art Form

Kabuki is one of Japan’s most iconic forms of traditional performance art. It combines music, dance, and theater with elaborate costumes and sets. Today, kabuki is internationally acclaimed, but it originated as the art of the people during the 1600s. Between the late Warring States period and the early Edo Period, the kabukimono movement arose …

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A detailed piece of artwork showing a smugglers shop with the shopkeep standing in front. The room is cluttered with different Edo-period artifacts, relics, and armor. The shopkeep, or smuggler, has a monocle and wears a purple robe with multiple coin purses on his belt.

The Making of a Smuggler’s Shop: Tale of Ronin’s Artistic Process

Tale of Ronin is a narrative-driven RPG, but the visuals also play a key role in establishing the world and atmosphere of the game. This is especially true for the real-life locations players can visit. Edo period Japan is well-documented, so keeping the environments and villages realistic is important to our team. One location available …

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An ink style digital artwork of a woman in robes standing in front of a Japanese style temple or building.

Miko: Japanese Shrine Maidens

A miko, also known as a shrine maiden, is a woman who serves the Shinto kami. Their origins date back to the prehistoric Jomon period (approximately 10,500 BCE-300 BCE) in Japan. The responsibilities and requirements to become a miko have gone through many changes over the years. However, their traditional red hakama, white kosode, and …

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Concept artwork for the Tale of Ronin game showing three Ashigaru foot soldiers from Edo period Japan. They are wearing light armor, hats, and are carrying weapons.

Ashigaru: the Backbone of the Army

When thinking of warfare in medieval Japan, the image of the samurai quickly comes to mind. However, the role of the common foot soldier, known as the ashigaru, should not be understated. Ashigaru began as conscripted farmers and rose through the ranks to become the backbone of daimyo lords’ armies in the Warring States period. …

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The Farmers …

They work hard everyday, farming and surviving, making enough to be able to feed themselves and pay the taxes to the Daimyo. Always following their customs and very suspicious about outsiders. Bandit raids leave these peasants helpless and wish for support from the warriors that might be able to help them, the warriors that are …

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