The Meiji sim has always been in SL ever since I started katana-fighting in 2008. It was a public combatsim, open to all and run and owned by Domokun, who has spent a lot of his money and time in this to create a gathering place for clans and ronin.
I remember having my very first spar on Meiji, wich was a high platform at that time, in the sky. Later the sim was redecorated and sparring mats were on a hill, surrounded by mountains and the flags of all clans at the side. We were, as ImperiuM, very proud when our flag was placed in August 2009, when we became an official C:si clan!
Anyway…times change, economy changes, people change and the time has come that Domo has decided – for reasons he only knows in detail and we have to respect that – to stop with Meiji and close it down. I am sure the place will be missed by a lot of enthusiastic fighters, myself included.
Saturday, a month before Meiji will stop to exist – a group of regular fighters held a huge party – ongoing in all time zones – to celebrate the past years and pay respect to the place we all enjoyed. Sad yes, but isn’t it better to celebrate what has been than to cry over what is no longer there?
Thanks to Domo for keeping the place up for so long and thanks JulieAnne for managing and being the communicator!
Some pics of the Closing Party, 25 June 2011: