Modular Japanese House Kit Tutorial – Interior Props – Part A

Here an overview of the interior props this pack offers.

The interior props are located under MJH/A_PropsInt. There are 6 subfolders Food, Furniture, Lighting,  Mise,  Noren and Stairs.

Let’s start by the Furniture folder. This folder contains a few very typical Japanese props.


An irori (囲炉裏居炉裏) is a traditional Japanese sunken hearth. It is used for heating the house and cooking. One characteristic of the irori is to have an adjustable pothook, called jizaikagi (自在鈎 – free hook) and allowing a pot to be lowered or raised away from the fire as required. The metallic piece in form of a fish is called saru (猿) and it’s an important element of the Japanese traditional architecture. I’ve sculpted mine based on a real one, using a few reference photos.

The BP_irori contains the irori itself plus a fire sound, a fire effect and a tea pot.

BP_irori at work


This is a smaller irori used in the tea house.



kamado (竈) is a traditional Japanese wood- or charcoal-fueled cook stove.



Tokonoma (床の間 toko-no-ma), or simply toko (), is a built-in recessed space in a Japanese style reception room, in which items for artistic appreciation are displayed. In English, a tokonoma could be called an alcove.


There are a few meshes and BPs that allow to build a tokonoma: BP_Tokonoma_base_120, BP_Tokonoma_base_240,BP_Tokonoma_Floor, BP_Tokonoma_Shelf, BP_Chibukuro, BP_Tenbukuro. You can decorate the tokonoma using the SM_Kakemono. Three wood variations are available.


Tansu (箪笥) is the traditional mobile storage cabinetry indigenous to Japan.

The pack offers three different BPs with each three wood variations, but you can also use the base meshes and build your own modular tansu.



Byōbu (屏風, “wind wall”) are Japanese folding screens made from several joined panels, bearing decorative painting and calligraphy, used to separate interiors and enclose private spaces, among other uses.

The pack offers a few Byōbu with different decorations, all public domain old Japanese paintings.



Tables and Zabuton

There are a few traditional low feet tables and cushions (called zabuton (座布団) to seat on the floor  using those tables.


Modular Japanese House Kit Tutorial – Introduction

[Modular Japanese House was submitted to the Unreal Marketplace, but not published yet. Check our blog or follow our twitter to be notified when it happens!  ]

Here a series of tutorials about the modular Japanese House kit that I’ve built for Unreal 4.

First, a small introduction about the traditional architecture in Japan. There are essentially 4 types of traditional houses in Japan (I’m speaking of house for people and shops, not temples, palaces, etc), the ones in the cities, called machiya (町家, literally town-house), the farmhouses nōka (農家), the  fishermen’s dwellings gyoka (漁家) and mountain dwellings sanka (山家). My project concerns at the moment only the machiya, even if I have already done a few pieces also for the country-houses and I would like to make a pack for those too in the future.

My pack is for traditional houses, however, they are for the modern times; I mean, it’s the traditional architecture how is preserved nowadays. The furniture that comes with the pack is modern. However, it can be easily adapted to also represent Japan during the Edo period or Meiji restoration. Continue reading “Modular Japanese House Kit Tutorial – Introduction”

House Example

Today’s work for my Modular Japanese House project. I wasn’t totally satisfied with the previous version of this house (a small house, desalinated to guests and situated in a garden), so I remade it. I also added the possibility to have the paper of the shoji doors outside the frames, and added rain gutters and pipes.