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The Joy of Unboxing: Tokaido

By January 14, 2017Boardgames, Videos

How beautiful! Truly beautiful. A sunset. I don’t think I’ve really looked at one in 30 years.

Let’s stroll from Kyoto to Edo unboxing Tokaido Deluxe Edition, a gorgeous looking game of laid-back point-collecting.

A few months ago I went to Japan for three weeks and had a wonderful time exploring its fascinating contrasts of modernity and ancient tradition. In fact, should you be so inclined, you can read my entire diary of the trip, and see lots of photos, at www.petergifford.com. Go have a look, I’ll wait!

Hope you enjoyed it. Anyway, on return I felt fired with the need to buy a Japanese-themed boardgame, and the first one that sprang to mind was Tokaido by Fun Forge. While it’s a pretty straightforward and simple point-collecting game, it is very beautiful, and if there’s one thing I appreciate it’s good graphic design. So I went all out and bought the deluxe edition (which comes with the first expansion Crossroads) and the second expansion Matsuri). The first expansion adds alternative choices for the main spaces on the board, and the second adds a deck of festival cards that spice up the travellers’ stops at the inns along the way from Kyoto to Edo (Tokyo). And they both add lots of new travellers. And the deluxe edition has metal coins. And very nice miniatures.

Here I am unboxing the lot. Grab yourself a sake, sit back, and enjoy. Kanpai!

What do you think?