I’ve used all my favorite adjectives when describing the beautiful Japanese Edo period regions of Hosoi Ichiba. Earlier this year I selected Hosoi as the first of my Gimme Six picks.
Shortly after I published that article, Hosoi found itself in financial crisis and was forced to trim down from four regions to only two. Even though the two region solution helped, it didn’t solve the financial crisis. Today the struggle to save Hosoi Ichiba ended and it closed its doors.
Hosoi Ichiba was a living museum of Japanese history. Educators came to experience a taste of Japan’s Edo era and were treated to the work of art of , creator and owner. Often they could observe authentic role play in the town, geisha houses, castle, tournament areas, kabuki theater and other themed areas.
The future of this work of art seems to be headed the way of other lost treasures of Second Life. The high costs of renting servers ($295 a month each) is really outside the range of disposable income for the average person. Linden Lab’s charges for regions have been at the center of other region closings.
I’ve known the owner for many years and believe the financial hardship she’s facing. I’ve read about the rescue plans and understand Ami’s objection to plans that have been submitted, plans which include partial terraforming of the regions. In the past, she’s endured these hardships and never closed the estate. Perhaps a white knight will race in at the last moment and rescue this beautiful region but I fear that this is truly the end.