The Lost Castle

River Boat

River Boat

The Yoshii river has been an important part of the Tsuyama Castle town.  It was acting like a second moat  to the south  but more importantly it was a busy trading route.  Travels on water needs boats and all sorts of river crafts appeared. This craft is designed to ferry people in comfort  either across the river or upstream or downstream.  

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Tsuyama castle lord was very good looking guy

Tsuyama castle lord was very good looking guy

皆さんご存知のように豊臣秀長は大変知的な武将で、豊臣秀吉が農民の息子でしたかなかった時から彼を支えてトップの武将になるまで経済面でも政略面まで支えた人物です。この豊臣秀長が自分の養女を忠政に正室として送り込んで繋ぎとめようとした、ということは当時の武将たちの中でも森忠政が光っていた証拠だと思います。 しかし、若い忠政にとってはいらぬお節介、既に愛人の竹という女性がいて息子まで設けていた彼としては困った事態になつてしまったといえるでしょう、それに当時の大阪城の中は淀君の偏執的な支配によって豊臣はすでに衰退しているわけで、豊臣の勢力図の中でも外様になっていたと思います。さて、忠政の兄、森蘭丸は18歳で生涯を終えるまでとても美しく聡明な若者でした。同じく忠政も美男であったといえるのではないでしょうか?しかし残っているこの彫像はあまり美男ではないですよね。

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History of Lord Tsuyama Castle 1

History of Lord Tsuyama Castle 1

美作藩津山城とその築城城主 森忠政(もりただまさ) 津山城は現代の岡山県津山市にあります。1604年に築城開始した時は本当に戦争に備えて森忠政が家族と家来と藩の領地を守りぬく気構えで作り始めた、大変考え抜いて当時の築城技術の粋を集めてやりとげた優れた設計の山城でした。 仮想の敵は徳川家康。そうです。外様大名になっていく過程での森氏の生涯の思いは、この築城の全ての形に表れているのだと思っています。 森忠政は織田信長の小姓を勤めた森蘭丸(成人名は成利:なりとし)の末の弟です。成利と下の兄二人は1582年、本能寺の変で織田信長と共に明智光秀に暗殺されています。忠政は母と共に甲賀の里に逃げ、明智勢が敗北してもしばらくは甲賀の里に住んでいたようです。それから京都に移り、1585年、16歳で豊臣の森家当主として越中津幡にて初陣、頭角を現していき、1600年の関が原までは豊臣の勢力内にいました。豊臣秀吉の弟豊臣秀長は長男を失ってしまつたので養女であった岩(いわ)を森忠政に正室として嫁がせます。ここから森氏の生き残りの苦闘が始まったのだと思っていますがどうでしょう?    

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The Hiroshige art Gallery

The Hiroshige art Gallery

On this day 1858 Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) one of Japans much-loved artists life ended. Hiroshige travelled Japan and depicted landscape and Japanese life in early 1800. Looking at his art has helped me a lot in understanding some aspects of Japanese culture, art and architecture. Combined with lots of help from Miyoko Solo I now know a precious bit more. I thought it fitting to make a Hiroshige Art Gallery  close to the Main Castle in “The Lost Castle”  The paintings are a random selection, even though Hiroshige lived in the end of the existence of the Tsuyama Castle I think his art is still...

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3D Oshidori duck

3D Oshidori duck

Making 3D models of most things nature is always a big challenge a daunting task. Miyoko and myself working together  and coming up with a bit different versions as always it is work in progress. The two male ducks are in Ukimidou region of The Lost Castle no doubt eagerly waiting  for the arrival of some female ducks to make the family complete. The Oshidori is much-loved  in Japan and Eastern China. The males strikingly colourful plume is a spectacle in itself almost cartoonish looking. The brightness of the male is offset by the more subtle look of the female.  They are migratory...

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The Lost Castle Christmas New year

The Lost Castle Christmas  New year

Wishing you all a Happy Holiday time. It is a Festive time in The Lost Castle In Year 1616 I am sure Mori Tadamasa would not have celebrated Christmas but I bet he was happy some 400 years ago to see his Tsuyama Castle town being borne. For us TLC started purely as a test, us uploading mesh to our test opensimulator. It did not take long for us to fall in love with Tsuyama Castle but to rebuild the existing mesh model "created by Honey" and make it work in Opensim was a big undertaking. Tsuyama Castle town after you get to know it is a very cleverly designed township it is not only practical,...

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Building a new Donjon Opensimulator and Blender at work.

Building a new Donjon Opensimulator and Blender at work.

The lost Castle has a main keep or “The Donjon” It was one of the first buildings we made  and it is a mix of prims, sculpties and for a good measure a few mesh items made it in the end. It was all linked in one overly large  file and every time  you got  close to the building  things started to get a bit sticky. What about if we build a new one from mesh alone?  Start up Blender and get to work, many triangles later I mean thousands and thousands ,   we have a new Donjon. A Japanese Castle is a structure with graceful lines, simple and clean. It is a post and beam construction,...

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The Shimafukurou owl a 3D Model.

The Shimafukurou owl a 3D Model.

The shimafukurou is an endangered breed of owl found on Hokkaido in Japan only 130 -150 birds are still alive . The shimafukurou (or The Blakiston's Fish Owl) is one of the worlds largest owl, it is an iconic bird that signifies Hokkaido. In the past it inhabited the whole of Hokkaido but now it can only be seen in the eastern areas. Shimafukurou is revered by the Ainu people of Hokkaido, Japan as a Kamuy (divine being) called Kotan koru Kamuy (God that Protects the Village). To understand more how the Shimafukurou is regarded by the Ainu people the short story translated by Deborah Davidson “Where...

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Megaregions like them or loathe them?

Megaregions like them or loathe them?

Megaregions alone makes Opensimsulator the number One choice for 3D environments. CombineContiguousRegions = true this is the magic words in Opensim.Ini startup Megaregion lets you combine many 256 X 256 meter regions into a seamless larger region. Let me say from the start megaregion is work in progress not everything works 100%. Nevertheless if you take your time, familiarise yourself and understand the few quirks megaregions have you will find your effort well rewarded. Recently we converted our “The Lost Castle” opensimulator 0.7.3.1 20 region build to a megaregion and at the same...

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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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