My Oriental Garden goes life!

We are proud to announce our webstie is up and running. This website will be our online source for real life Japanese garden oriented products like Japanese bridges, Japanese patios, prefabricated Japanese buildings and Japanese decorations for the Japanese Garden.


Friday, 21 December 2007

New Building Elements - Gates, Walls and Bridges!

Some of you who have recently visited the Ichiba may have noticed some changes - for one, it's bigger! But if you have looked outside the walls, you will see that we are now at ground level, and have the start of some exciting new developments.

In order for us to bring you this, we have developed some new building elements which are, of course, for sale at the Ichiba. In this blog article we will talk about some of those.

First, in order to enclose your area, we have two wall elements - High and Low. They both have a footprint of 1.5m x 10m, and both use 8 prims and are available (due to popular demand) in a 10 pack.

Next, we have our Japanese Royal Gate, pictured above, which requires a footprint of 10m x 20m, clocks in at 110 prims and is animated. We suggest using it with the "Japanese Wall Element High" as it has been designed to fit seamlessly with it.

A smaller cousin to the large gate is the smaller Japanese Wall gate, needing a footprint of 1.5m x 10m and only 14 prims. Again, this has been designed to be used with the "Japanese Wall Element High".

Then we have the beautiful "Japanese Hoi An Covered Bridge" - this is a replica of the "Japanese Bridge" in the Vietnamese town of Hoi An. This bridge (Chùa cầu) is a covered bridge, built by Japanese merchants in the 16th Century. Our version has a footprint of 12m x 34m, uses 164 prims and is intended (of course) to be situated above a river. A few appropriate poseballs on the apex of the bridge would create a wonderful romantic atmosphere for an asian-themed garden.

What would a garden be without trees? We present a range of large Bonsai trees. We now have three different styles, in different leaf colours, for you to make your garden more colourful with the foliage. Each tree is 15 prims.

And last but definitely not least, we offer you two of the more distinctive sights in Asian culture - the Torii (鳥居). We offer two styles, a floating one, similar to the famous Miyajima Torii gate at Itsukushima Shrine (厳島神社) and a more traditional one.

It is said that the floating gate serves to welcome spirits of the departed as they come in across the water. (We've taken a quick look at the floating one in the new Windlight client and it looks utterly amazing!)

Torii are often found at the entryway to a Shinto shrine, but can also be found at Buddhist temples, they mark the boundary between the sacred world and the profane world (so be careful where you place yours!). Passing through a Torii on the way to visit a shrine is seen as an act of purification. For Shinto shrines, being often situated outdoors, the gate is the only symbol that you are entering a holy place.

Legend has it that the sun goddess got angry with her brother, and hid herself in a cave, and blocked the entrance with a rock. The whole world was covered in darkness. The people, being afraid they would die if the sun didn't return, built a large perch from wood and placed all the cockerels they could find on it. The cockerels, that always heralded the dawn, made such a noise that the sun goddess had to peek her head out of the cave to see what was happening. At this, a sumo wrestler from the town ran up and pushed the rock away, letting the sun out and saving the world. The cockerel perch was the first Torii gate, symbolising prosperity and good fortune.

And as this year comes to a close, we would like to wish you all good fortune in all aspects of your Second Life... and your first, as well.

All the best from the Hosoi Ichiba crew!

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