Right after I visited Hiraya Township, in Heterocera (mainland), and wrote about it, the place underwent a major reform. Though some parts remained the same, the central area around the train station has been completely redesigned, which makes a big difference for the whole complex. I noticed some changes, too, in the village of Amakura, linked to main Hiraya.
The modifications in the central area seem to go in two directions. On the one hand, they underline the Youki River and Youkigawa Park around it. Together with other green areas in the region, Youkigawa Park balances the urban aspect of the sim in a way that integrates nature with the town area.
On the other hand, the very urban side of the region seems enhanced in new Hiraya. The town in the central area around the train station looks more developed and more complex than before.
The train station itself was renovated and looks more integrated to the city — which is particularly interesting, since the railroad seems to be one of the main attractions of Hiraya.
In Amakura, some buildings were moved from one area to another and more than a couple of items were added. Still, the place feels more or less the same as before. I mean, the changes are noticeable, but they don’t really change the whole impression that one has while visiting the village.
For me, the changes reduced lag, which seemed to be one of the main motives for revamping the sim. Also, they made Hiraya even more exciting and captivating. It’s great to have such a place in Second Life’s mainland.