A long time ago at the Japanese Imperial court, the Chinese Emperor gave 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 far from easy 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 assistance of the Imperial gardener to maintain this bamboo garden. They will have to bear with the immoderate hunger of this beautiful animal for the juicy and tender bamboo. The player who manages his land plots best, growing the most bamboo while feeding the large appetite of the panda, will win the game.