Timeless Thoughts: Video Game Voyages

Timeless Thoughts

The past few days have been difficult for me. Actually, this entire week at work tested my patience, and I had a hard time keeping my temper in check. There were only two things that made this week bearable for me. The first thing — I treated myself to a new techno gadget. The second thing is knowing that my Hakodate trip is just around the corner. In my free time, I planned and budgeted for my trip. My mind is filled with nothing but Hakodate, and this led me to reminiscence why I picked Hakodate in the first place. My reasons are perfect for this month’s Timeless Thoughts entry. Georgie and I co-host this monthly link-up, and I am hosting again for this month. If you would like to participate, you’re more than welcome to join our link-up by submitting your entry with the link-up widget located at the end of this entry! This link-up is opened for two weeks, and your entry can be about anything you find unforgettable from your past or present! It can be an object, an event, a person — anything goes — and you can have more than one thing you miss or find unforgettable.


Back in December 2012 (holy crap!), I played Hakuouki for the first time. This historical fiction otome game for the PlayStation Portable stole my heart. The historical elements of the game focus on the Shinsengumi (an elite samurai forces protecting Kyoto) and their involvement with the Boshin War in the 1860s. Throw in some handsome sword-wielding bishounens, paranormal elements, wars and battles, and the lone female main character, you have a visual novel filled with action, history, romance, and adventure. I became fascinated by the late Edo era, and the history buff in me adored learning about the fall of the Tokugawa shogunate, which in turn brought on the Meiji era.

The game takes place in real locations in Japan! It starts in Kyoto, and through its progression, the characters travel eastward and northward until they end up in the short-lived Republic of Ezo (modern-day Hokkaido). Hakuouki encouraged me to visit a temple the Shinsengumi used as their headquarters in Kyoto. That opportunity came when I travelled to Osaka and Kyoto in 2015. I went on a pilgrimage to Nishi Honganji, and the fangirl in me squealed in delight. Seeing the temple in person gave me a huge sense of fulfilment.


My Hakuouki journey didn’t end in Kyoto. The Shinsengumi and the remaining Tokugawa shogunate forces made their way to Ezo, and their final home and battle site took place in Hakodate. They occupied Goryokaku, a unique star-shaped fort. All of this was mentioned in the game, and I found myself wanting to visit Goryokaku. Fast forward a year later, I looked into Goryokaku and did some research about its city, Hakodate. Its history and architecture began to beckon me like a siren’s call.

Hakodate wouldn’t leave my mind. The more I read about it, the more I found myself wanting to visit there. Yet I deliberated for a few months, especially since I wasn’t certain about my job’s future. Then in August 2016, when I was finally given a start date for my new job, I made the choice to visit Hakodate in April 2017. I figured eight months would give me enough time to save and plan for this adventure. It had been a long wait, but the time is almost upon me. Less than three weeks left until I go on this Hakuouki pilgrimage! I’m all set for my budget, but I’m still finagling with my itinerary. Once I figure that and buy some new luggage, all that’s left for me to do is pack and travel. This trip, along with my two-week leave, is the only thing keeping me sane. I cannot wait!

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  1. It’s really fascinating how games and other forms of entertainment can also make us appreciate and want to learn more about history. That’s how I became interested in history and other cultures too! Now who says video games and other forms of media aren’t educational? :D

    It must be a dream come true to visit the places featured in the game! I’m sure it’s going to be really fun and seeing Hakodate would be extraordinary! Congratulations on getting this opportunity and enjoy your trip! ;)

  2. I love how it looks like a giant star. That’s awesome!

  3. I’m sorry to hear that the last few days have been hard. Hang in there Tara, we all have these days but the happier, awesome days out number the bad ones <3

    I'm excited to hear about your Hakodate trip. When I had two weeks left until my holiday to Portugal and France, I really powered through my work – motivated by it! :D

    I've not heard of the game before but I am fascinated that you have planned and gone on trips because of it. It's awesome that it took place in real places in Japan! It sort of reminds me of the game Dynasty Warriors (if you've heard of it!) it was set in the era of the three kingdoms and fascinated me over my childhood to the point that I'd read up extra bits on Chinese history!

    I can feel your excitement in this post, I am SO EXCITED for you and the blog post ;)

  4. Oh poop. Sorry to hear that things are a bit annoying at work at the moment. I am glad that you have the trip to look forward too. I am sure you will appreciate that time away!

    I always find it so fascinating when games have been set out in real places. Being able to visit them in person would be so great. Especially when it’s a game you really like!

    I hope you have an amazing time. :D

  5. Sorry to hear that the last couple of days have been difficult. Hope things get much better this week. At least you’ve got your trip to look forward to!

    It’s so cool that you’ve planned trips/visited places based on Hakuoki, it must be a really cool game. I’ve never actually played it before but it sounds great!

    It must be so exciting planning your Hakodate trip! I’d love to visit Japan at some point but flights are so expensive from the UK, probably because it’s so far. Plus I’ve never actually been on a plane so I should probably try somewhere a bit nearer first! Have fun in your trip.

    Oh btw, I’ve somehow managed to lock myself out of my old email account, so unfortunately haven’t seen your email. Would it be possible to resend it to smileyamy11@hotmail.co.uk, please? Sorry to be a pain!

  6. Sorry to hear work was a nightmare! I definitely feel you on that one 😓 I am super excited for your Hakodate trip; I am going to live vicariously through your photos :D

    Hakuoki sounds like the perfect game for you! I know how you’re a hustory buff, so it’s no wonder you fell in love with this game. I have to admit it DOES sounds really interesting.

    You’re going to have the BEST time! I cannot wait to hear about your adventure!

  7. When I saw that you were planning a trip to Hakodate, I got curious as well and I definitely see why you’re looking forward to going there.

    I learned some of the same history through Rurouni Kenshin and that is probably one of my favorite animes relating to Japanese history and the Meji era.

    Have an amazing time!

  8. I’m sorry to hear that work wasn’t all that great this week. Hopefully, you’ll have a better week at work going forward! Sometimes, we just have to deal with whatever work throws at us for the paycheck. It’s good to destress and treat yourself to something nice. Whether you treat yourself with food, spa, or anything else, it’s all good. Your trip is definitely right around the corner!

    I love how there are so many artwork for Hakuouki when I looked it up. It’s great when games take place in some familiar IRL setting. I’ve played a game that had some landmarks around the US and I giggled on the inside when I saw something familiar XD. It’s cool that the game inspired you to plan a trip to Hakodate. Considering how it’s already April, you won’t need to wait any longer!

  9. I hope you will enjoy your trip, but eeee! I’m very fond of games that are set in, or based on, real life places. :) I am sure will a wonderful time and I can’t wait to see photos and read about your adventures.

    You definitely deserve a break especially after this hard week. ❤️ Sometimes work can bring about stressful situations, but you’re a team player if you can get through them. It’s also totally normal to get a little frustrated but if you can get past it and not blow up, you’re doing great :)

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