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.


Monday, 20 April 2009

Featured Product - Kansai Island Houses

This is the first of several planned articles about the various buildings and features of the new Hosoi Mura. We wanted to provide more options in terms of regular homes of a consistent period, so that while there is variety and individualism in the buildings they all conform to a consistent "feel". As always we recommend visiting the buildings themselves in-world to be able to really experience them in context, to walk around through the rooms and get a feel of the place - a description here can not do it justice. All of the houses featured in the Hosoi Mura are on the "Japan Kansai" sim, which is part of our new role-play initiative to provide an immersive traditional Japanese Roleplay experience, so you might well find the homes furnished to give you a realistic "showroom" example of how this house could look.

The first set of buildings we would like to feature are the so-called Kansai Island Homes. The Kansai region (関西地方 Kansai-chihō) also known as the Kinki region (近畿地方 Kinki-chihō) lies in the southern-central region of Japan's main island Honshū. The region is the cultural and historical heart of Japan with 11% of its land area and lays claim to the earliest beginnings of Japanese civilization. It was Nara, the most eastern point on the Silk Road, that became the site of Japan's first permanent capital. This period (AD 710-784) saw the spread of Buddhism to Japan and the construction of Tōdai-ji in 745. The Kansai region also boasts the Shinto religion's holiest shrine at Ise Shrine (built in 690 AD) in Mie prefecture.

This is a series of three houses, all pictured in the photos here, each including an Irori-style fireplace as a housewarming gift from us. They reflect the aesthetic of the Edo period and the Kansai region of that period. They are copy, modify and no transfer in order to allow you to modify and customize and to build your own Kansai Edo-style village or town.

The dimensions for each house:
1: 87 prims with an 18x12 footprint
2: 92 prims, also with an 18x12 footprint
3: 121 prims with am 18x18 footprint.

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