A long time ago at the Japanese Imperial court, the Chinese Emperor
offered a giant panda bear as a symbol of peace to the Japanese Emperor.
Since then, the Japanese Emperor has entrusted his court members (the
players) with the difficult task of caring for the animal by tending to
his bamboo garden.
In Takenoko, the players will cultivate land plots, irrigate them, and
grow one of the three species of bamboo (Green, Yellow and Pink) with
the help of the Imperial gardener to maintain this bamboo garden. They
will have to bear with the immoderate hunger of this sacred animal for
the juicy and tender bamboo. The player who manages his land plots best,
growing the most bamboo while feeding the delicate appetite of the
panda, will win the game.
Takenoko is a game for 2-4 players which takes around 45 minutes to play.