Takenoko is nominated for game of the year in both Sweden, Denmark and Finland.
After a long series of disputes, diplomatic relations between Japan and China are ﬁnally on the mend. In order to properly celebrate this alliance, the Chinese Emperor gifted to his Japanese counterpart a sacred animal, a Giant Panda bear, a symbol of peace. The Japanese Emperor has entrusted his court members (the players), with the difﬁcult task of caring for the animal by setting up his bamboo garden. The players will cultivate the land plots, irrigate them and grow one of the three species of bamboo.