Simploring 2019 (42) Two sides of Japan – Tokyo Street and Umi

Lately I saw pictures of Tokyo Street on SL Destinations several times and I read a bit more about it in some blogs. I learned that Tokyo Street is part of a (moderate) sim created by Paradox Ivory. It’s located on a seperate platform in 2.000m altitude. On the ground level of the same sim is a Japanese costal village named Umi.

Paradox Ivory says about herself that she’s a dreamer, a prim addict and a sim designer. In her picks I found a comment about Hinansho, a Japanese sim that I visited last year (see Simploring 2018 (98) Hinansho): “I love this Sim, its one that has inspired me since I first visted“.
And I found pick about SSOC, another sim that I have visited before (see Simploring 2017 (78) A Metropolis in Second Life): “Another Amazing Sim that helped inspire me before I even realized I wanted to create my own

Impressions of Tokyo Street (1)

In the landmark profile Tokyo Street is described as follows: “As the sun goes down the streets come alive. Nothing sleeps in the city. Enjoy a walk through lantern lit streets or take in some tasty street food while you enjoy the unique atmosphere of this densly packed tiny Tokyo city.”
I started my simploring at Tokyo Street using the teleport to Subway Entrance NW.

Impressions of Tokyo Street (2)

It is an amazing place to visit. When you leave the subway station you enter a small street lit by lanterns, full of life, restaurants, shops and clubs. It really looks busy and it looks how I expect Japan to be (I never was there in RL). It is really packed full with details and ittook some time to load the textures but it was worth the time!
Once I left this area, I entered what a large town with skyscrapers, some smaller buildings which seemed to be leftovers from a long time ago. The city has everything, a police station, a train station, parks, a fair, many shops and restaurants and another area with small streets with a second subway station Entrance NE.

Impressions of Tokyo Street (3)

The city is really impressive and I took many pictures. I zoomed out to get an impressions of its size. It feel way bigger inside than it is actually. I love all the details. Many shops and buildings are furnishedand you can walk in and sit down. Tokyo Street is a further development of SSOC with a touch of Hinansho. Great!

Impressions of Umi (1)

I continued my simploring tour visiting Umi. What a contrast! And yet it is still Japan. Umi is a fisher village. It has two rows of houses arranged in a half circle. While one row nestles up against a huge hill, the second row faces the see and every house as sea view and most a pier for small boats. Again I enjoyed the many details. The houses are small, they are all furnished and every square inch is used (just as I picture Japan to be).

Impressions of Umi (2)

I explored almost every house, I just left out 4 houses that were marked as private residences. After visiting Tokyo Street I enjoyed the peacefulness of Umi. But there’s more. I dared to climb the hill, I enjoyed the view from the radio tower on the top ofthe hill and I disovered a nice fisherman hut at the other side of Umi.

Impressions of Umi (3)

My short visit to Japan was impressive. Having these 2 places with it’s connecting and opposing elements combined in one sim is really outstanding. I recommend that you switch on your sounds to hear the noise of Tokyo Street and the peace of Umi.

There’s so much to see, so many details to discover that time really flew by.
Thank you Paradox Ivory for sharing your sim with the public. I really enjoyed my visit to Japan.

Landmark to Tokyo Street (Subway Entrance NW)
Landmark to Umi

Simploring 2017 (101) – Fantasy Island and D o X Urben Gallery

Unexpectedly I found some time for simploring on Christmas day. I decided to follow Inara Pey footsteps again and visited Fantasy Island. She wrote about it in her Living in a Modemworld blog “D 0 X: an Island Fantasy in Second Life“.

The landmark description read perfect for me and my plans for my free time: “Come and explore this Winter themed sim with a picturesque walk through the woods or just let the atmosphere lead you to one of the many spots to sit and relax. Happy Snapping! This sim is part of D o X Urben Gallery, opening January 7th 2018

Fantasy Island Overview

Fantasy Island consists of 3 seperate and quite lonely islands. You land near to a cosy residential house. Next to the landing point is an information board and from here you can teleport to the gallery. I began my visit walking and exploring the first island. There’s just this one house. It looks very cosy inside, most probably also because of the Winter outside. Paradox Ivory, the owner and creator, managed to capture the Winter feeling and the nature really well. Walking around and exploring is just fun. You will find some deers roaming peacefully and you’ll find cosy places to sit and enjoy the view. The sim surround is selected perfectly and fits perfectly.

Impressions of Fantasy Island – around the landing point

To get on the other 2 islands of Fantasy Island you can rezz a row boat, which I did. On the second Island (the main island) is a modern wind mill and another house with a large and cosy outdoor patio. Here all is prepared for a dinner party. There are also menu cards on each place and it sound yummy (how fitting on Christmas!). Around the house you’ll find another larger outdoor place to sit and talk with several people. The nature on this 2nd island is simliar to the first and again you can find more cosy places and nice views.

Impressions of Fantasy Island – the main island

The third and smallest Island is not inhabited. There’s just the ruin of a lighthouse, but you can look at the other two islands from here.

More impressions of Fantasy Island

Fantasy Island is perfect for a walk in Winter, for enjoying Second Life and for taking great pictures. Before I ended my visit, I peeked into the gallery, that will be opened January 7th, 2018. It is called D o X Urben Gallery. And it is not Urban, but I still need to find out what “Urben” means. Everything is prepared already for the opening. I also found a board announcing the first exhibition “Expansum”.

D o X Urben Gallery, opening January 7th, 2018

Thank you Paradox Ivory for sharing your sim with the public. You provided a very relaxed hour to me. I enjoyed my visit and look forward to visit an exhibtion at the D o X Urben Gallery

Landmark to Fantasy Island
Landmark to D o X Urben Gallery
Inara Pey’s blog “D 0 X: an Island Fantasy in Second Life”