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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.


Sunday, 16 November 2008

Transportation in Style!

One of the biggest challenges in the Second Life environment is that of effective transportation, and we have spent a long time trying to perfect this. Finally we have something to announce!

Presenting the Hosoi kago. These litters, have been used over the centuries in various countries around the world, including several asian countries, including Japan (kago, 駕籠), China (called minjiao (民轎) or guanjiao (官轎)), India (pahlki or palanquin), Korea (gama), England (Sedan Chairs). In each case they were used to transport the nobility and was very much a status symbol.

As in the real world, these vehicles require two people to lift them (the front person controls the direction and speed of travel) in addition to the person sitting in it. Ours come with realistic animations (those things are HEAVY!) and are available in two styles - Asian from the Edo period and Gorean.

The Edo period litter is Royal lacquered with gilded wood and metal. It is fully-scripted, drivable and comes with a rezzer. You click the rezzer to (temp) rez a new litter for your trip. Touching the carrying poles at the front and back puts the carriers in position. Touching the zabuton (cushion) causes you to be carried. The sliding doors can be clicked on to open and close them.

Once everyone has stood up, the litter will disappear.

They are copyable, not modifiable and not transferable. Set one of these up in your asian sim to allow your visitors to travel in style through your region.

Song of the Palanquin Bearers

Lightly, O lightly we bear her along,
She sways like a flower in the wind of our song;
She skims like a bird on the foam of a stream.
She floats like a laugh from the lips of a dream.
Gaily, O gaily, we glide and we sing,
We bear her along like a pearl on a string.
Softly, O softly, we bear her along,
She hangs like a star in the dew of our song.
She springs like a beam on the brow of the tide,
She falls like a tear from the eye of a bride.
Lightly, O lightly, we glide and we sing,
We bear her along like a pearl on a string.

-- Poem by Sarojini Naidu

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