Travelling the coastal regions of Second Life’s great continents, you’re never quite sure of what you might find. Take the north coast of Jeogeot, for example. For the most part, it’s fairly typical of most mainland regions, a huge variety of builds facing the open sea, some attractive, some less so, some hugging the ground, some floating above it and others bridging the gap between the two. Such is the range of builds, it’s very easy to miss some very rare gems among them.
Gems like the Moonlight Teahouse, sitting on the coast of Tuli form example. Tucked into a narrow – but deep – parcel, it is a charming haven of peace and comfort one might so easily sail – or fly – right by and never notice. In fact, I only noticed it as a result of it appearing in the Destination Guide as a recent addition.
The work of SL entertainer Myron Byron on behalf of the Moonrocks group, Moonlight Teahouse packs a lot into a relatively small space, and is worth dropping by and having a look around. From the arrival point, sitting above a small, secluded beach, you can follow the paved walk atop a high wall, past an area for Tai Chi practitioners and then either descend a set of stone steps through a rock tunnel to the beach, or climb another, shorter stairway to the teahouse itself.
Here sits not only the teahouse, but a beautiful garden beyond, where the clever use of trees, paths, walls, plants, water and a surrounding facade of rocks presents a feel of a place much larger than is the case, and which harbours a warm feeling of seclusion and peace, despite the surrounding builds.
A path loops around the garden, leading you both away from and back to the teahouse, spanning the stream which meanders through the parcel with twowooden bridges. Stone lamps light the path, giving an added sense of romance during twilight times.
A pair of Japanese rock gardens sit on either side of the main entrance to the teahouse, where you can sit and enjoy a traditional tea ceremony with a friend or on your own, or simply sit and talk and forget the worries and pressures of the world – real or digital. Afterwards, you can wander down to the beach and sit in and old rowing boat, or simply let the tranquillity of the gardens wash over you.
The parcel follows the natural day / night cycle of the region, but to fully appreciate it, I suggest you have a play with your viewer’s windlights, this is a place then very definitely lends itself to the late afternoon / evening time of day, and also looks superb under moonlight conditions, as I hope some of the pictures here demonstrate.
All in all, a delightful place to visit!
- Moonlight Teahouse SLurl (Rated: Moderate)