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steven smolders
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Haru Ichiban (the 2015 version)

Back Story

Haru Ichiban means “first wind of spring” in Japanese. In the Emperor’s gardens, spring slowly awakens nature.
Carps, frogs, and dragonflies warm up under the first sunbeams. Two apprentice gardeners compete for the coveted job of Imperial Gardener.
They will have to show how skilful they are, and will try to take advantage of this first wind of
spring to flower the water lilies in their colour, and use them to create the most harmonious combinations.


In the beginning of the round you draw 3 randomly as your starting tiles.
The players choose 1 tile in secret to play. If both players have choosen their tiles they reveal them simultanious.
Then you compare them and decide wich player will have the higher number and that player will be the senior gardner
and the samaller number will be the junior gardner.

First the junior player places his lily on the darker lily pad on the game board.
Then the senior gardner places his lily where ever he wants on the board.
When both players have placed their tiles The junior gardener calls the first wind of spring.
He can move a water lily or a group of water lilies on the water, vertically or horizontally, by one case.
However, any movement that would push a water lily out of the pond is not allowed.

Then the The senior gardener selects a new dark water lily. He chooses a water lily and turns it over so that its dark side is visible.
He can turn on its dark side a water lily which contains frog. In this case, the senior gardener moves the frog (whatever its colour)
on the empty water lily (with neither flower nor frog) of his choice.

If a player has made a specific pattern with their lily's you score and all
the lily tiles are removed from the board and the all the darker lily pads are flipped over to their lighter side.
Both frogs go back to their own Lily pad and the round starts again.

If nothing scored that round you just draw back up to 3 lily pads and you play an other round until someone scores.

How to win

The game is over when someone scores 5 points and he'll become the Imperial gardner.


It's a fun and suprisingly thinky game. I have played with my daughter and wife and they
both enjoyed playing it. Also it has a small footprint on the table and so it can be played anywhere.
The artwork is nice and all the components are of good quality.

We rate it a 7.9 It's a fun and quick 2 player filler game.

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