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Tokyo Mashup: Teahouse Garden

by Flora2 Posted 18th Jul 2020 at 5:13 PM - Updated 13th Jul 2020 at 8:10 PM by Floraflora2
9 Comments / replies (Who?) - 9 Thanks Posts
I've built a traditional Japanese garden as a Big Park for my savegame and since I haven't found something like this in the Community lots section on MTS, I decided to upload as well. This Big Park is inspired by real-life Kiyosumi Garden, Tokyo, its present form constructed in the late 19th century, the tea pavilion was added in 1909.

For my savegame I wanted something partly very traditional, but on the other hand partly very contemporary, so while the garden and the teahouse exterior are faithful to the Meiji era look, I added an outdoor concert stage to the park, and furnished the teahouse as a modern public cafe.

Instead of the usual bridge, I decorated the pond with a stepping stone pathway across the water and along the shore. The suggested front of the lot is the stage area, but the visitors will rush into the teahouse regardless (because it's the only building with doors).

The teahouse interior, which now has the UL EP coffee bar, is small enough to be refurnished quickly if you would like some other kind of establishment inside. The park also offers musical instruments (on stage), mobile radio station (UL EP, by the stage), chess and domino tables (in the cafe), martial arts board breaker (WA), and 2 hidden buydebug picnic blankets under the cherry trees. I also used buydebug WA erected tents as concert staff tents by the stage, sims can use them to sleep.

About spawners: I placed only 2 fish spawners. Be careful because spawners duplicate each time you rotate the lot, so after you saved its final position on the map, open the lot in Build mode, type in the "testingcheatsenabled true" and the "buydebug on" cheat, and delete all the unnecessary fish spawners. I attached a pic which shows the original (and routable!) placement.
I haven't used any other kind of spawners; instead of seeds, I planted base game WA and UL plants along the paths.

No CC used on the lot, but there is a Store object: Tranquil Trickle Fountain because I needed a stone basin for the traditional tea garden, for the ritual handwash - if you don't have it, the game will replace it with a basegame object (and you might already have a better-looking CC instead, anyway).

To look exactly like on the pics, you need: (mostly) World Adventures, Late Night, Showtime, University Life, (and to lesser extent) Seasons, Ambitions, Generations and Island Paradise (the roof color is from IP I think) AND one piece of Store item (see link above).

Lot Size: 64x64
Lot Price (furnished): 160,806
Lot Price (unfurnished): 45,824

Additional Credits:
- to simsample for sharing the hidden picnic blankets and the permanent WA tents (and many other hidden in-game objects) here on MTS;
- the Google street view pics are all shot by me.

Number of bedrooms: Not Applicable
Custom Content Included: None
Furnishings: Fully Furnished
Special Flags: Not Applicable

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Sims 3 World Adventures Ambitions Late Night Generations Showtime Seasons University Life Island Paradise
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Kiyosumi Garden.rar

Size: 2.62 MB · Downloads: 1,554 · 18th Jul 2020
2.62 MB 1,554 18th Jul 2020
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Field Researcher
#2 Old 10th Jul 2020 at 2:03 AM
Serenity and Rock n Roll! I love it, thank you, very useful
#3 Old 10th Jul 2020 at 7:03 AM
This is so beautiful, I love the landscaping! Thank you!
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#4 Old 10th Jul 2020 at 11:11 PM
This looks very nice.
#5 Old 11th Jul 2020 at 4:37 AM
Beautiful as always. I know exactly where to put it!
#6 Old 12th Jul 2020 at 7:30 PM
It's beautiful, thank you!
Field Researcher
#7 Old 14th Jul 2020 at 9:24 AM
Gorgeous. Just like the ones I saw in Japan. Thank you
#8 Old 15th Jul 2020 at 1:14 PM
I think such great house could rather have tatami mats inside. As for vibes of Tokyo, that is strighkingly merges traditional and groundbreaking technologies, I felt this vibe here.
Thank you. Vic ^_^
Test Subject
#9 Old 15th Jul 2020 at 1:44 PM
Beautiful work! Thank you!
#10 Old 21st Jul 2020 at 4:24 PM
You really have done an amazing job of the landscaping! And the tea house itself looks stunning too!