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Tokae Light festival (Nara Japan) as seen in The Lost Castle 3D world

Tokae Light festival (Nara Japan) as seen in The Lost Castle 3D world

Our version of the Tokae Light festival (Nara Japan)  The Ukimidou will be part of our "Welcome to The Lost Castle" area.  

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The Lost Castle Ukimido Welcome area in opensim

The Lost Castle Ukimido Welcome area in opensim

Lately we have spent our time creating a welcome area for The Lost Castle. Miyoko suggested we include the ambiance of the  Ukimido Pavilion located on the Sagi pond at Nara, Kansai as our main building and welcome place. It sounded like a brilliant idea, a few days later Miyoko is on her way  to Nara to take photos and get a feel for her new 3D project. Meantime  I worked on the  terrain for the megaregion we hope to attach to OS Grid a bit later. The intention is to create a mountain landscape region containing mainly nature. A place for exploring and maybe a place where you can find...

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Miyoko Solo and P3d display a dragonfly in The Lost Castle

Miyoko Solo and P3d display a dragonfly in The Lost Castle

I ike to show you more 3D art from Miyoko with a little help from the friendly p3d people. This time a dragonfly  and a Funkia wildflower from Japan. P3d is a nice way to show digital models and if you have a modern browser with WebGL enabled it will give you an interactive 3D view.  You can interact with the model  by using the small toolbar on the left side of the screen. We are still learning how to use this tool and we need to improve the way we texture. Technology like WebGL and html5 makes it possible to use the modern browser like a 3D viewer not having to download any  plugins. Please...

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Miyoko Solo’s clover in The Lost Castle display by p3d

Miyoko Solo’s clover in The Lost Castle display by p3d

As you might know Miyoko has a love for all things nature and specially all things nature in Japan. Miyoko is also a 3D artist and modeler , together we have worked on The Lost Castle for some time. 3D modelling is fun and it is a great way to explore "the artist within you". The 3D form can be a bit difficult to show on a 2 dimensional screen. With the help of "p3d" we can now show you a bit more of our work. P3d is a very clever tool using WebGL and a modern browser. You should be able to see Miyokos Clover in 3D if you are using the latest version of either Chrome or Firefox and have webGL...

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Gassho-zukuri style house

Gassho-zukuri style house

In the mountain range to the south of the Lost Castle we have built a  Minka or farmhouse. The design is heavily inspired by the Gassho-zukuri style houses found in the mountainous Shirakawa-go Gifu Prefecture and Gokayama in Toyama Prefecture. The very high-peaked thick straw roof makes a wonderful view together with mountain terrain. The design helps to quickly dispatch rain and snow from the roof lessening the weight of the roof, letting the straw dry out quickly therefore stopping it from rot. This highland landscape has some of the largest snowfall in Japan, sometimes meters of snow covering...

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Nature and Landscape in the lost castle.

Nature and  Landscape in the lost castle.

The nature landscape, all its wonderful moments and sights are as I understand it the most difficult impressions to recreate. To see trees and flowers growing in places one would say impossible is truly at times mind-boggling. Miyoko Solo has a passion for all things nature as a 3D artist she is enhancing The Lost Castle landscape with Japanese flora and fauna rendering a variety of wondrous scenes. Miyoko is taking us back to a time when wildflowers grew more freely to a nature less interfered by man than what we have today, reminding us of the importance to care for our environment. Please view...

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The Lost Castle Boat Shed and Boats

The Lost Castle Boat Shed and Boats

Boat building has always played  an important part of a nation's development. Waterways are a conveniently provided by nature for transport.  If you have a boat that is! The Takase boat  was designed by Mr Takasa and it so happens he was born not far from Tsuyama (early 1600). A few kilometers downstream from the Castle,  once was an  Iron ore mine the ore was carried by Takasabone downstream. That is the connection with Takase boats to our project. The Takase boat has been an important vehicle in the history of Japan. It is a long and narrow flat bottom boat sometimes with high freeboard...

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Miyoko’s Flowers

Miyoko’s Flowers

It is all in the detail! Maybe not all but detail surely is what  makes good design  stand out. Miyoko’s knowledge and love for Japanese flora and fauna helps her greatly in her Digital artistry Japanese wild flowers are close to Miyoko's heart. Flowers are growing up in many places close to the river, forest,roadways and in the Castle town’s gardens. Hers is a sample of some of Miyoko's work

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The FerryMan’s Home at The Lost Castle

The FerryMan’s Home at The Lost Castle

To cross the river was a tricky part of life and in 1620 there was no bridge across the Yoshiigawa. A ferry business  carrying  people as well  as produce and animals soon established itself on the north side of the river. Flat bottomed  boats  like the Koku and Takase boats were used. The river provided for transport but also provided food and soon a thriving fishing business also developed. River navigation can be treacherous and navigation aids like the small lighthouse guided river traffic at night. The Ferryman's house maybe looked something like this farmhouse style house with living...

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The Sakura zensen

The Sakura zensen

Sakura zensen (the cherry blossom front) is eagerly tracked by the Japanese Meteorological Agency and the public The cherry blossom season is currently approaching its peak in many locations across Kyushu and southern Shikoku. In Tokyo, the blossoms opened on March 31, in Osaka on April 2 and in Kyoto on April 3. Full bloom is typically reached about one week after the opening of the first blossoms.http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2011.html  No wonder that in the digital world of The Lost Castle Sakura zensen hit last week also. We made some changes to Bryan Tenorio’s Blender tree and soon...

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