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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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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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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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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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Secret garden

Secret garden

Inside the moat and not far from the donjon you can find a lush garden

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Welcome to “The Lost Castle”

Welcome to “The Lost Castle”

The Lost Castle is modeled on The Castle that once stood at Tsuyama City in Japan. We have tried to build the virtual environment as true to what it once was as we understand it. We are 3D designers and modelers not historians however we are deeply interested in the history of Japan and would dearly like your comments.

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