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My first Gimme Six article featured the Hosoi Ichiba sim group. Unlike other games, the places we love are subject to radical change. A couple of weeks ago it looked like this beautiful group of sims would be lost forever when it was announced the sims would be closing within a month. In the days following the announcement, many people came together with new ideas and alternative plans.
Yesterday, agreements were made with residents of Hosoi sims and sim creator & owner Amiryu Hosoi. These agreements lead to an immediate change but also preserve two of Hosoi’s greatest treasures, Japan Kansai and Japan Chubu. The China Wall and the Hosoi Ichiba marketplace at Japan Kanto will be are now closed. The closings are sad and a loss, but the two diamonds of the group remain, the role play sims.
Here is an article posted on Hosoi Ichiba blog, “A Possible Solution and a New Start…”
Although work on connecting Japan Kansai and Japan Chubu has just begun, this morning I took a quick trip over to Kansai, then made my way across the sim to the new gate leading to Chubu. Here are a couple of photos of the new beginning.
I made a quick tour of the region, camming here and there, and I feel it’s not quite time for us to feature the new sim group. However, all of the beloved features of these two sims remain.
Note: There is much praise to go around to those who saved Hosoi, but I want to give a shoutout to our own Canary Beck and her partner, Harvey Crabsticks. The couple went to work with Ami to help find a viable solution. This is an example of what is best about Second Life, when a community comes together to keep the community whole.