I began writing about Hosoi Ichiba for iRez salon about a month ago, it was the first of my Gemme Six articles.
There are many unique scenes in Amiryu Hosoi’s stylized trip into Japanese History, to the Edo period when the great wars had ended and peace came to the land. I can’t explain my fascination with Japanese culture but I know it is a fascination shared by many Westerners.
This morning the news from Hosoi turned bleak again and the sims of Hosoi Ichiba sim group moved one step closer to being closed. So, while the sun was still rising in the sky I visited this place that had been the center of my second life as I learned about Japan and its history.
Many times I tried to understand Ami’s vision for these sims, but it was Akiko Omizu who explained it best. Ami had created a slice of history and wanted these sims to be a living museum of the Edo era. Her dream was to have daily life as it was in that era with all of its rich culture, and also to provide educators with tours through the regions.
I’ll be writing more about Hosoi Ichiba in the coming days.