My Oriental Garden goes life!

We are proud to announce our webstie myorientalgarden.com 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.


Ami

Saturday, 23 January 2010

2009 - A Year in Review

Now that we have all (hopefully) recovered from the recent celebrations, we can take a step back and look at what 2009 meant for us in the world of Hosoi.

We achieved some major milestones this year in terms of making the Hosoi sims more of what fit our long-term goals, we have faced some challenges, welcomed some new people into our family, and already had a glimpse of what 2010 could bring.

Major Milestones
Back at the end of 2008 we had just started the Geisha school. We are pleased to see that it is still going as strongly as ever, thanks to some wonderful management, first by Kai Serapsis, and now by Toshiha Magic. There have been some wonderful shows, with great attendance.

We also established the Hosoi Mura - an Edo-period town, complete with stores, narrow streets, a temple, and residences. After several attempts to start activities there, we now have a few firmly established, with more to come.

Another of Amiryu's larger projects has been the building of the Matsumoto Castle - a wonderfully-detailed replica of the Real Life Castle. This is now the home of the next of our community projects - a Samurai Clan.

We have been featured in some wonderful SL magazines, including Prim Perfect and Avenue Magazine.

Our Challenges
The world-wide economic downturn has, of course, impacted everyone in Second Life. Many businesses have closed their doors and disappeared, and many talented designers have been forced to leave.

Once we realised what was coming, we knew that we had do make some major changes in order to maintain our sustainability. We took two major steps to keep our costs in line with what we saw as our sale projections - we reduced from 6 sims down to four, and we reduced the amount of online advertising that we did, hoping that word-of-mouth would help us through.

We are pleased to say that this has been a success, and that we have managed to continue to cover our costs throughout this period. Now that it appears that the worst of the downturn is behind us, we feel that we are in a very good position for staying as active in Second Life as we have been.

New Staff
We are very pleased to welcome Akiko Omizu to the Hosoi Team. Akiko is going to take on the role of Community Coordinator, working with the various projects in the Hosoi Mura to try to make it feel more like the vibrant community that we hope is in its future.

The Future
The dream that Amiryu Hosoi had when she started this project was to try to have a community that people felt comfortable in - a place they would treasure visiting. We determined that since such things cost money, we would need to build a sustainable business that could support this community. 2009, with all of its challenges, has shown us that we do, indeed, seem to have achieved this. Now the future direction for us, while sustaining the business, is to grow the sense of community.

The Okiya (Geisha School) was the first success in this arena. Towards the end of 2009 we started our Sake House - a place for people to come and chat with Spot Barthelmess and Miyako Akina, the charming hosts. And also the forming of our Samurai Clan Keibatsu at the castle, led by Crayz Shamrock. If you have any interest in becoming a Geisha, or Samurai, please contact them - we would be pleased to welcome you.

In 2010 we hope to continue adding new mini-communities to the Mura - we have several new ones in the pipeline and should be blogging about them as they arrive.

Thank you to everyone who visited us and stayed a while during 2009 - we would like to invite you back in 2010 to see what new things we have in store!

All the best to you and yours,
Hosoi Management
* Amiryu Hosoi
* Kalderi Tomsen
* Nani Yifu
* Akiko Omizu

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