Yesterday I got a notecard title: “Closing Down Hosoi” from Amiryu Hosoi, owner of the Hosoi Ichiba sim group. I read the notecard a couple of times to be sure I fully understood what is happening.
I know that in the past Ami was able to fund the entire sim group through sales from Hosoi Ichiba market. Hosoi was so successful she could provide an entire role play community which has long been part of the Hosoi experience. But economic conditions in both SL and RL have been weakening, and this is adversely impacting the economics of Hosoi Ichiba sim group.
In reading her notecard I saw a reluctance still in Ami’s words. I wrote to her with some funding ideas, but I fear it is too late for ideas that might not work.
Hosoi Ichiba sim group is one of the most beautiful Asian themed sim groups in all of Second Life. Many articles have been written about it and thousands of photos have been taken. I’ve often referred to it as a masterpiece and I’ll say it again, Hosoi Ichiba is a masterpiece. For me personally, this is a place I love and where I have many memories. The loss of this sim group will be felt by everyone who has ever visited.
Here are a few articles about this region:
- Prim Perfect Jigsaw: Fishing Boats in the Hosoi Cluster – and a beautiful show to watch too!
- iRez Magazine, Gemme Six: Hosoi Ichiba – Role Play in Time
- Hosoi Ichiba: Designing Worlds Travels to the Orient
It will be a very sad day when this wonderful world disappears from the Grid.
Much love for you Ami. I know you are hurting.