Welcome to Nihonbashi

To start 2021, nothing better than evasion, particularly in Tokyo during the Edo period! Sorry We Are French is currently working on IKI illustrations. IKI is planned for retail around mid-2021.

Art is not final, still we wanted to share it with you.


Until IKI’s release date, we will publish regularly articles about how the game works, historical notes about characters and their occupations during the Edo period, and the new contents brought by Sorry We Are French, all validated by the designer, Koota Yamada.

As you can see, we have been working closely on the cover and Character cards.


Below, here are some of the characters you may recruit in IKI. On the left, a character card from the 1st edition (2015). On the right, the same character card from the new edition (2021):

Seamstress (Spring)



The seamstresses of Japan invented very special sewing techniques that were useful to recycle cloth from used clothes; the idea of recycling came early to this land of scarce resources. They invented a kind of stitching called sashiko that combined simple straight stitches into ornament patterns, often using white thread on blue cloth or vice versa. Such clothes did not just look good, they also had advantages when sewing multi-layered clothing to improve thermal isolation.

Day Laborer (Summer)

Day laborer


They belong to an inferior class of worker, were considered politically and socially dangerous and were hence closely observed by the authorities. To work as a day labourer you had to get a license from the gaffer, later from the authorities themselves, and to work without that permit was a criminal offense. In reality, however, because of the continual shortage of the workforce their working and living conditions were often better than those of their European colleagues.

Fish Peddler (Autumn)

Fish Peddler


Tokyo sits by the sea, and the fishers of the Edo period landed their catch directly on the jetties of Nihonbashi where peddlers picked it up to sell it to their customers. Fish and mussels in many forms of preparation were a staple food of the Japanese cuisine. However, fish was considerably more expensive than rice and vegetables; for the poorer classes it was often too expensive.

Clocksmith (Autumn)



Japanese clocks of the Edo period kept a time different from ours, they were designed to indicate temporal hours. Our clockmaker obviously works on a wadokei clock that is equipped with an alarm bell. Clockmakers did not just make clocks, but also other mechanical wonders like the karakuri puppets, mechanical automata that would even perform in dedicated theatre shows.

Historical notes: courtesy of Lutz Pietschker’s Glossary.

Tobacco Shop

In IKI, your Oyakata moves each month in the main street of Nihonbashi, formed of 8 stalls representing the 8 basic actions of the game. You will be able to perform more actions, indicated on the Character cards placed behind the stalls when recruited by the players.

The Tobacco Shop is one of these stalls: at the beginning of each of the 4 seasons, 2 Pipe and 2 Tobacco Pouch tokens from the current season are placed in the Tobacco Shop. When your Oyakata stops their movement here, you may purchase up to 1 Pipe and up to 1 Tobacco Pouch among the available ones.

Pipes give you an immediate or ongoing ability, while Tobacco rewards players with IKI at the end of the game. IKI from Tobacco is doubled if you bought at least one Pipe.


spring pipe


This spring pipe costing 2 mons (Japanese currency used during the Edo period) makes you immediately move your marker one space on the Firefighting track. This track is important for turn order and to avoid your Characters to be killed in one of the 3 fires that will occur during the game.


Summer pipe


This summer pipe costing 4 mons gives you an ongoing ability: your Oyakata may move an additional space each month.


Autumn pipe


At the end of the game, this autumn Tobacco Pouch costing 3 mons scores 1 IKI (2 IKI if you bought at least one pipe) for each Character of the type (color) you hired the most.


Winter pipe


At the end of the game, this winter Tobacco Pouch costing 7 mons scores 5 IKI (10 IKI if you bought at least one pipe).

We are really excited to share more information about IKI with you!
The Sorry We are French team.



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