Saturday, 18 April 2015

A visit to Heian-kyo

Here's a sim you should definitely put on your must-visit list: Heiankyo. The landing point is a bridge that takes you to a Japanese shopping event, but if you go in the opposite direction, you will soon reach a traditional Japanese village, and then some more.

The village also contains stores where you can buy typical Japanese items, such as kimonos or various food items and utensils, many of which are sold at a highly symbolical price. I found a few interesting freebies whose actual use I have yet to google. Without any additional information available, for those like myself who are not well versed in Japanese culture, the place will be rather enigmatic.

Deeper in the village, there's a complex of what looks like temples, or possibly palace buildings. Everything has an air of authenticity, but to really get the most of it, it's probably best to bring along someone who would be able to explain all the little details.

The most intriguing part of the sim is the parcel named 'Japan Horror', found up in the mountains overlooking the village. I'm guessing it contains references to stories from Japanese folklore and mythology, and I'll try to find out more about them. Here, you will find eerie ruins and altars, signs and talismans, but also things like decapitated heads and a giant skeleton. It felt like the Japanese version of Halloween!

There's also a "lucky cat", which I recognized to be maneki-neko, although I've never seen it in this size. In any case, it was a pleasant sight for Duncan and me, as we both adore cats.

Although the cat is supposed to bring luck, soon after we managed to find ourselves at the bottom of a very deep well. So, watch your step while you're up on that mountain!

I don't know how long will the sim be open - one never knows in SL - so do take the opportunity to look around while it's there.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

On Air France flight from Grenadier to Brook Hill

After a pretty bad case of RL headache, I was very glad to be able to log in and catch a flight with my friends.

Grenadier Airport

Pierri is a skilled pilot and a great lover of planes. It was a joy to fly in his Phenom 300. Being offered champagne, whiskey, sandwiches and other treats was a nice touch.

He took Duncan, Janluca and me safely from Grenadier to Brook Hill airfield.  The skies were clear and turbulence was not so bad.

It was a safe flight, although on several occasions I lost most of my clothes. Losing both eyes was also not fun, but that's sim crossings for you!

Brook Hill Airfield

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

New church in the Village

My part of Heterocera seems to have a very high concentration of churches at the moment. First, there's my immediate neighbour's medieval-looking one, which has stood there since before I even moved to the region.

Then there's St Hildegard's chapel in the centre of Nørgaard Village - a transplant from a mountain place I used to own on the continent of Sansara.

And several days ago, I added a rustic wooden church, recently released by Pixelmode. 

It's a tiny bit smaller than I would have liked, but given the constraints of available space, it fits all right.

Adding it, I realized it's basically two types of buildings I can't resist buying and rezzing in SL: cabins/shacks and churches, with wood being my favourite building material, by far.

Earlier today I added a few details inside, did some cleaning, and delivered a sermon while I was at it. Luckily, no one was there to hear it!