Capturing a National Treasure
We are pleased to announce that we have completed the virtual reconstruction of five rooms in the Daijuji Temple, Okazaki City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan. Visitors to the temple can don a Pico headset to enjoy a virtual tour of the rooms. This is the only way to experience the rooms decorated with their famous fusuma sliding door paintings.
This is not a simple 360 photosphere tour, but a full game with six degrees of freedom, meaning that the user can move his head and body inside the rooms just like in reality. It is possible to stand up and walk around in the rooms, but this is not allowed as a safety precaution. Nevertheless, this functionality allows for a far more realistic experience than simple photos.
The game development was funded by Japan's Cultural Agency, and produced by Hitohata Inc. in Nagoya. A projection mapping experience was also produced as part of this project.
We put together a team to produce the game across borders, involving people in Japan, Taiwan, China, Korea and Hungary. You can see some of the experience in our show reel, here.
If you want to learn more about the experience or are interested in the possibilities for recreating and/or presenting cultural artefacts or other places of interest in the Metaverse, please feel free to contact us!
Soukei Aoyama is an experimental archaeologist who has strived to recreate Muromachi era ceramics for decades. We captured this 15th century kiln reconstruction near completion in the hills of Onada, Tajimi. It’s the first attempt of its kind. In this kiln Aoyama will try to fire the famous Shiro Tenmoku (white tenmoku) bowls, that were treasured by the samurai and medieval high society of Japan. The master re-engineered the production method for the bowls from findings in this area.
Courtesy of The Society for Firing Pottery in the Kokeizan Forest, Kokeizan Choushingama Kiln.
View our MAKING OF YouTube video. Read our article about SHIRO TENMOKU. Learn more about the KUSANOGASHIRAGAMA kiln. View our SHIRO TENMOKU bowl model.