Useful References for Japanese Traditional Roofs

Here some useful references about Japanese traditional architecture, in particular about roofing.
First, nowadays there are 3 standard tiled roof types in Japan:

  • J-shaped tiles: these are Japanese style tiles, the main tile is named 桟瓦 (sangawara); these tiles are the evolution of the traditional 本瓦葺 (hongawara roof) still used for temple and shrines; they are used for traditional houses;
  • F-shaped tiles: these are flat tiles;
  • S-shaped tiles: these are Western style tiles.
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Japanese Traditional Furniture

I’ve started this project as a learning zBrush project. It consists on remaking/improving some props I already had for the MJH – Modular Japanese Town House UE4 kit, like the tansu (箪笥) cabinetry, and adding new ones. In particular I added a short leg table (chabudai, ちゃぶ台), legless chairs (zaisu, 座椅子) and their cushions (zabuton, 座布団) and a sake set.

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Modular Japanese Town House Example Maps: MS_Machiya_7

Machiya_7 is inspired from liquor store also located in Ise in the Mie Prefecture on the same street as Machiya_6.
There are a lot of pictures of this store and they are the inspiration not only for the house itself, but also for a lot of props I’ve modeled for this project, like sake cups, bottles and barrels, curtains, shop signs, etc.  Continue reading “Modular Japanese Town House Example Maps: MS_Machiya_7”

Modular Japanese Town House Example Maps: MS_Machiya_3

This house is inspired by a real machiya I’ve found on Google maps. Located in Kanazawa, Ishikawa prefecture, this house is in reality a hotel, or more precisely a traditional Japanese inn ( 旅館 – ryokan). In my demo and example map is used like a house and not an inn, but I took some inspiration from the few photos I’ve found for the interior too. Continue reading “Modular Japanese Town House Example Maps: MS_Machiya_3”

Modular Japanese Town House Example Maps: MS_Machiya_2

This house example is a restaurant. The exterior is inspired by the restaurant next to the museum I took as inspiration for MS_Machiya_1, as you can see in this photo. For the interior of this example I didn’t take the real restaurant interior, as I did in other maps, but I invented one using various source of inspiration from photos on pinterest and video games. Continue reading “Modular Japanese Town House Example Maps: MS_Machiya_2”

Modular Japanese Town House Example Maps: MS_Machiya_1

I’ve decided to take a little time to present each of the 19 pre-built example houses you find in the pack MJH Modular Japanese Town House we offer on the Unreal Marketplace.  These example maps are created using the houses I have built for the demo of the pack and are meant to show what you can accomplish with the assets of MJH, but you can also use them as they are or with modifications in your levels. That’s why I want to spend sometime speaking of each house.

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