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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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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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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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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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