A game from Japan that has been very successful around the world is Ghost of Tsushima.
The game takes place in the year 1274 during the first Mongol invasion of Japan. So, you play as Jin Sakai, a samurai lord from the island of Tsushima, who lives to protect his lands and people. But how much of this fascinating story actually happened?
After all, many games are inspired by ancient stories, but have no responsibility to portray everything exactly as it would have happened.
So, check out what is true in this amazing game here.
Ancient Japan game and the real story? Ghost of Tsushima
The Mongols did invade Japan in 1274 (and again in 1281), but they did so under different leadership. There was no Mongolian leader known as Khotun Khan, as in the game.
Although Genghis Khan fathered a large number of children and grandchildren – estimates suggest that 0.5% of the world’s current population is descended from him – there is no record of him having a grandson named Khotun. It was Kublai Khan who led the Mongol invasions of Japan in the 13th century. Kublai Khan was a grandson of Genghis Khan, but is perhaps best known for his conquests in China, where he gained the title of Shizu, the first emperor of the Yuan dynasty.
The Mongols quickly overpowered Tsushima’s samurai.
While the names differ from the story, the game’s opening cinematic, depicting a last heroic stand by Tsushima’s samurai on Komoda beach, is accurate. It was here that Sukekuni So, leader of the So Clan, and around 80 samurai warriors made a heroic last stand against more than 8,000 invading Mongols. They knew they didn’t have a chance. However, So and his men charged directly at the invaders on horseback.
Were Jin Sakai and Lord Shimura from the Japan game real people?
Although these characters never existed, many of their traits and those of their companions are highly indicative of people who lived during this time.
In fact, Sensei Ishikawa’s character is much closer to what a samurai looked like in 1274 than Jin Sakai.
About the clothing, it is still worth remembering that the armor was also much lighter and less elaborate at this time. Like Ishikawa, most samurai of the time preferred the ranged combat that came with bows and arrows rather than closing in on their enemies.
Is the Japan game setting the same as what Tsushima was like back then?
Yea! The scenario is very similar and this is perhaps one of the things the game was most faithful to in relation to Japan.
Inari’s shrines, natural hot springs and lush forests are clearly inspired by accounts of what Tsushima would have been like back then.
Also, it’s important to note that Tsushima didn’t have as much contact with the rest of Japan and this is also handled well in the game.
Source: Gaijin Pot.