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Tōrō is a relaxing interactive VR experience set in a traditional Japanese garden. Playing as a devout Buddhist who cares for the garden, this interactive experience allows the player to collect beautiful flowers and light the eponymous tōrō lanterns lining the garden's path.

MY ROLE: Game Design, Environment Design, Co-Programmer, Web Design

tōrō: HTML Embed


Available for Download

Windows PC Build (Oculus 2 VR Headset Needed)

The game is designed using input system of Meta Quest 2 headset and controllers.

tōrō: Files



Purpose: Research has shown mindfulness meditation is effective in reducing anxiety, blood pressure, and insomnia, and in helping people recover from substance use disorders – National Institute of Health

Process: Take a seat, set a time, notice your body, feel the sensation of breathing, and be kind to your wandering mind. –

Historical & Cultural Background

There were three main Buddhist sects practiced during Tokugawa (Edo) Japan: Zen, Nichirin, and Jodo.

The Edo period

The Edo period in Japan was a peaceful period, so gardens were made more for aesthetics than those in past periods

tōrō: Features

Gameplay Mechanics Design


Move and walk around in the garden environment

Light Up

Light up the stone lanterns using candle fire

Item Pickup

Pick up, put, or throw the debris (leaves, sticks, etc.) and objects (candles, rocks, etc.) on the walking path

tōrō: List
tōrō: Pro Gallery
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