A Cherry Orchard

The Cherry Orchard is a Japanese cherry garden that is featured in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties.

Overview Edit

The Cherry Orchard is a unique Japanese building that works like a patch of Berry Bushes. It is a source of food for the Japanese to replace the animals which they cannot hunt. The Cherry Orchard starts out with 4500 food and is only built from a Rickshaw, it can not be built by a Villager, but it is an indestructible building.

It is similar to the Indian Mango Grove, which provides wood instead of food.

Advantages Edit

It can prove to be a valuable asset, especially when playing in maps lacking wood, and the player wishes to conserve wood for other purposes, e.g. ship building, turtle strategies.

Furthermore, the large amount of orchards available to be shipped from the home city can support the players food needs for many early ages.

Disadvantages Edit

The Cherry Orchard can not be made en masse with great ease due to the fact that it requires moderate amounts of space in between each orchard, thus requiring the player to spread out to greater extents.

Players who are frequently in need of large amounts of food may not find this as a suitable source, or rather an addition to a current source as it is not 100% infinite and can be quickly exhausted. 

History Edit

"Since ancient times, flowers have played a meaningful part in Japanese culture, embodied in the art of flower viewing, or Hanami. It is believed that the Japanese borrowed this enjoyment of nature from the Chinese during the Nara Period (710-784), in which the Tang Dynasty heavily influenced Japanese way of life. The first flowering object of affection was the ume blossom, or the Asian plum, but over time the practice of hanami has become almost synonymous with the enjoyment of sakura, or cherry blossoms.

Beginning in the Imperial Courts of Japan, events were often celebrated with festivities beneath the falling blossoms of the cherry tree. Such festivals spread to the samurai class and eventually the common people, since blossoming coincided well with the beginning of school years, fiscal schedules, and the general spring season. Even today, the weather forecast from March to early May is closely watched as it can dictate the successful planting and growth of that year’s cherry blossoms.

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