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.


Saturday, 5 October 2013

Hosoi Ichiba moves to Kitely

My dear friends, My name is Amiryu Hosoi. For some of you that name might ring a bell. I used to own 6 sims in Second life supported by my marketplace Hosoi Ichiba, on Japan Kanto. During my time in Second Life I specialised in Japanese architectural design, antiques and scenery. Back then this was a niche market. Hosoi Ichiba supplied high quality goods and soon became a well known brand. Next to the Hosoi Ichiba marketplace I developed 4 scenery regions full of exiting stuff. The regions Japan Kanto, Japan, Kansai, Japan Chubu and China Sichuan all could be listed under the very best in Second Life. Our regions also became the home for a big community of Japanese minded people. We even had real Japanese people teaching about etiquette, art and lifestyle to other community members in our Hosoi Mura school and theater.

Then, because of the economy comming to a halt Hosoi Ichiba's sales dropped and I couldn't keep up the regions. I decided to abandon 2 of the regions and upgrade the remaining 2 regions with better scenery. This lasted for a while but in the end I also had to close down the last 2 regions. I never expected the massive impact that this close down of our home would have on our community and myself. December 12 2012 is a black page in my diary and the day I took a break from Second Life.

Next to running my Hosoi Ichiba, maintaining the regions and supporting our community I also started to design for my real life company in Second Life. This company, My Oriental Garden, designs, builds and sells luxury modern Japanese style pavilions and buildings. Because I needed a save and closed environment to design and proof my pavilions I decided to take a look at Open Sim. I did keep an eye on Open Sim before and I even registerd as Amiryu Hosoi in various worlds. I decided to export my complete My Oriental Garden inventory to my local Open Sim environment to work on.

In the mean time I also started to check out other Open Sim based grids and stumbled on Kitely. This was before Kitely launched their Marketplace. After registering at Kitely back in february 2012 I took a few visits to explore and that was that. In october 2013 I once again logged on to Kitely and had the pleasure of meeting Ilan. Ilan is a wonderful guy who is always trying to help. We discussed the new Marketplace and especially the hypergrid export feature. The combination of very friendly people like Ilan, a wonderful marketplace and very low costs was good for me to make the switch. I decided to rebuild my marketplace Hosoi Ichiba and the once famous regions in Kitely and here I am.

A few words about the Kitely Marketplace. Since my decision to join Kitely I have been working hard to list my products on the Kitely Marketplace. I think a great marketplace needs good products thus listing will have my focus for now. This is a lot of work because I need to review, export, import, relist, update all my products. The hard work however is mostly on the Second Life side. The people that designed the Kitely Marketplace really understand what a merchant needs. Clear design, intuitive interface, worderful variations feature, you name it and it is there. Working with the Kitly Marketplace as a merchant is a breeze!

But thats not all!  There is another very important feature that will shake the virtual worlds on their foundations. Hyper Grid Delivery. Now, this is magic! The fact that content providers will be able to deliver goods to all other grids out there give us the possibility to really expand beyond the closed box that is known as Second Life. My fear about loosing content to people that might take free copies of my products vanished like snow under the sun when Ilan explained the itunes concept to me. And yes, he is righ, again. People that want free stuff will take it anyway no matter if you lock it! Making it easier for everyone to legally buy your goods via hypergrid to use them wherever they want will make people think twice. Why go through all the hassle when you can buy what you want and use it anywhere, on any other gridd. Sounds logic to me. I would strongly advice all serious content providers and merchants out there in Second Life to jump on the train and make the switch to Kitely.

To all content providers; jump on the Kitely bandwagon right now, listing is FREE!

Okay, thats my 2 cents. I have a marketplace to populate;-)