Hatsumode using Maya 3D

I was going to park this blog but figured it would be a great way to document my growing skill in creating AR and VR experiences. Today, I recreated a favorite memory using Autodesk Maya 3D software.


Every year, thousands of Japanese locals go to temples all over Japan for Hatsumode, or the first temple visit of the year. Locals pray for the year’s good harvest and for prosperity. One of the most popular places for the first temple visit is Fushimi Inari Shrine in historic Kyoto, well-known for its 10,000 vermillion gates or torii, which I’ve had the pleasure of going hiking all the way to the top. This is recreating my favorite memory last January 1, 2016, where I joined Japanese locals pray on temple grounds. It was literally packed with people, and you won’t be able to get out easily, not even for a restroom break. You have to follow the crowds as they go on top of Mount Inari.

I simply used appropriated 3D objects from 3D warehouse to rapid prototype the scene, and imported these .fbx files into Maya to get the idea out fast.

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