|Before the second inn stop-off, I'm lucky enough to secure some more coin at the farm, but Yume again reaches the inn first. Her choices are soba (a buckwheat noodle dish), donburi (a rice bowl dish topped with meat or fish and vegetables), nigirimeshi (rice balls wrapped in seaweed), and fugu (a notorious type of fish).|
|Sasayakko had also posted the most coin at the temple, awarding her with 10 points. Chuubei and Zen-emon had tied, so they were both awarded the second place prize of 7 points.|
All-in-all, the art design is elegant, the gameplay is intuitive but offers strategy, and the materials are of sturdy make. Time and further playthrus will tell whether playing as each of the other travelers offers a different but balanced play experience. My wife, Yume, herself Japanese, can't get over how delicious-looking all the meal card illustrations are. Perhaps, for me, the thing I love the most is how the game marries a real world place, with its own history and significance, into a game that never once feels dry or dated. Go out and get yours!