When I first visited Japan, I was surprised at how mountainous the landscape was. I did not find the largest coastal cities of Japan, Tokyo and Osaka, particularly attractive. They were densely packed, very concrete, and for the most part devoid of parks and trees. But once I got outside of the main cities and visited the mountainous interior, starting at the beautiful and historic city of Kyoto, I was dazzled. I was lucky enough to visit in December, when early snow and icy lakes shined in the winter sun. The clean lines of Japanese architecture look amazing in this setting.
We are lucky in Second Life to have many gorgeous Japanese-themed destinations to visit, most of which are set in mountainous landscapes. . They offer some of the best and most realistic landscape design in Second Life. I review on average one new Japanese-themed destination a month; I give links to the five destinations I have reviewed in 2015 in this article. Miyagi, with its attractive structures which make good use of textures, and realistic landscaping, is a worthy addition to this list. You can literally smell how fresh and sweet the mountain air here. The scale of everything relates very well, and in terms of realism, the design here is most effective.
Miyagi is a very attractive attractive destination, and recommended for a visit. Make sure to explore hidden vales behind the outlying mountains to see the full charm of the destination.
I have one request for designers and landscapers. Please do not put your Sakura (Cherry Trees) on full bright. The pink blossoms are attractive enough on their own; but on full bright they can overwhelm most photographic images.
To see more gorgeous places to visit in Second Life:
To see more blog coverage and photography of Miyagi
World of Yana:
To see my photography and recent reviews of other Japanese themed destinations:
(note: some of these locations may now be closed by the time you read this)
The Kagurazaka and the Ritrovo Gallery (April 2015)
Origami (April 2015):
My 2015 coverage of Japanese themed sims continued:
Keisei (March 2015):
Pandora Box (February 2015):
Soyokaze (January 2015):