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TaiyoCraft! A Traditional Japanese Resource Pack

The Land of Sunrises and Sakura Blossoms

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avatar TankGirl_TG
Level 42 : Master Witch
ATTENTION! This is not complete! This is a work in progress!

Requires MCPatcher for Cherry Blossoms!
If you like it, leave a diamond ;D

Currently updating this pack for version 1.7 and beyond. It will take a while since it's circa 1.2.5, and there is a heck of a lot to learn. Building a small town, for downloading and checking things out, that will be available in the near future.

Questions? Suggestions? Feedback? I'd love to hear them. Leave a comment or drop me a message! Taking new promo pictures, the old ones are highly outdated. A lot of textures have since been completely changed!


Have you ever wished that you could build a Shinto Temple in a beautiful landscape? Ever wanted to wander under cherry blossoms in the midst of a spring breeze? Maybe you just want a cool katana! Well, this may just be the pack for you. No gimmicks, no pop-culture or anime references. Just plain, simple, traditional Japanese textures made lovingly for minecraft.


Taiyo means, "sun" in Japanese. I think it's a good pick for a texture that is meant to be from the Land of the Rising Sun! I've had a fascination with Japan for a long time, and I've finally gotten around to making it a part of my minecraft experience. I hope you guys like the idea!

I'm far from finished with the pack, and starting from nearly square one, but I'd like to see what others think about it! As far as changes from the original idea, I'm smoothing a lot of things out - it's not really all that good looking with so much noise, I've found. The nether won't be crazy since there is now netherquartz, which is a life saver! Ladders and various little things have changed, although I've lightened a lot of wood as far as peoples suggestions, and it looks great. Going to keep workin'. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, as they say.

Future Plans
+ Mobs +
Note: Some of the packs textures are the same animals as what I had planned, but they will be originals in time.
Skeletons: Shinobi
Spiders: Tsuchigumo
Zombies: Onryo ✔
Pigmen: Samurai Yokai
Ghast: Oni demon Floating Head
Wither: Three headed oni demon
Cats: Maneki Neko ✔
Wolves: Kitsune
Dogs: Akita
+ Armor +
Leather: Yukata
Gold: Tokaido
Iron: O-yoroi
Chainmail: Shozoku
Diamond: Ronin Yukata and (hopefully) Conical hat

Wool Tatami Mat Guide

The Tatami are a little tricky to get the hang of, so I color coded them. Just hover over to see the color. It may be difficult to use them at first.
  • Straight Edges: Red, Brown, Orange, Yellow
  • Corner Pieces: Gray, Light Gray, Green, Light Green
  • Opposite Sides Open: Cyan, Light Blue
  • One Side Open: Blue, Purple, Magenta, Pink
  • No Sides Open: Black
  • All Sides Open: White

Here is a Picture of how to lay out Tatami!

Notes and Credits
A lot of my insperation comes from Samurai Champloo, various japanese myth and folklore, and also tradtional artwork and building techniques.

I'm currently building this pack over Good Morning Craft because of the size, though I plan on all textures to become 100% my own!

I plan on doing a lot with this one, and I hope that I'll get feedback, ideas and critiques from the community!

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Progress25% complete
Game VersionMinecraft 1.7.8

3 Update Logs

Update #3: Stone and Environment : 04/14/2014 11:09:33 pmApr 14th, 2014

+ New Textures +

Gravel, cobbletsone, Mossy Cobblestone
Stone brick, Cracked brick and Mossy Brick
Clay Brick, Red Sand
All Logs and Leaves
Sun and Moon Phases
Enchantment Glint
Tall Grass
More Art

+ Other Info +

Mossy/Cracked Bricks are now Fu Dog statues!
Cyan Glass pane and Brewing Stands make Shinto Spirit Houses!
Stone Slabs are blue clay roofs!
Yellow and green Glass panes are Buddha Statues

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  • lumella
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • February 3, 2018, 2:27 am
  • martian_76
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • October 29, 2017, 8:20 am
This is cool! kinda wish there were references tho... lol look at my profile pic
What happened?! i would really like it if you updated it to 1.11.2! please i love this pack so much!
  • TankGirl_TG
  • Level 42
  • Master Witch
  • August 5, 2017, 6:11 pm
I've been busy with life for a while now, so that's mostly what happened, lol!

I've come back around to Minecraft, though, and have been thinking about continuing the pack for a while. This is still a beloved project for me, despite my lack of time for it. I'll post updates for it as things go.
AWesome! That would be so amazing if you finished this pack it's the only good japanese one on pmc! i love it so much
Is the texture pack compatible for 1.8.9?
  • Pastelbun
  • Level 1
  • New Unicorn
  • April 2, 2015, 12:23 pm
finsh it i like the trees"~"
Really want to see it finished!
Thank you! I have been looking for a Japanese themed texture pack.
Love it!You just gained a sub.

*subscribes, diamonds, and favorites*

Thank you for the guide! it is helpful!

I was actually making a Tatami for a Japanese building, and I find this now? I has bad luck. The contest is over now, I didn't win... :( But the winners were very impressive. Trails off....

The birch leaves don't work for me.
  • TankGirl_TG
  • Level 42
  • Master Witch
  • November 4, 2014, 7:19 pm
Birch leaves are supposed to still be green, no worries.
Love it!
Man, this is beautiful. Now I know what to do with all of my colored wool! Big tatami ftw. You also did an amazing job on monsters and animals. And finally, I like the background. This sun is as pretty as this Mount Fuji.

Will you plan to change the muic from the dics?
  • TankGirl_TG
  • Level 42
  • Master Witch
  • November 4, 2014, 7:17 pm
I'll look into it! Having traditional japanese music would be something preferable to what's on there now. Sorry for the late reply, been having some computer trouble :/
Beautiful!!! I love the texture and color you put in it! Diamonnnndddd!! Cha cha cha ^.^
  • _rets
  • Level 22
  • Expert Princess
  • May 13, 2014, 3:23 pm
Looks amazing so far, Keep up the good work! I'm a huge fan of Japan, so I can't hold my excitement anymore x3
  • Valsis
  • Level 1
  • New Network
  • April 19, 2014, 11:44 am
The figure you adapted to zombies is not Ju-On.

Ju-On is Japanese movie based in a Japanese folkloric vengeful spirit named Onryo .
  • TankGirl_TG
  • Level 42
  • Master Witch
  • April 23, 2014, 5:30 pm
Hey, thank you! I've always wondered what kind of spirits these were - now I know, lol

*goes to update info*
  • Valsis
  • Level 1
  • New Network
  • April 27, 2014, 7:44 am
You're very much welcome :)

I'm addicted to japanese culture, customes, traditions and folklore so I thought it would be better to tell you the real thing :p

Also, the skeleton figure you adapted is not Shinobi. Shinobi is a game inspired in a great swordsman named Miyamoto Musashi.

The spiders I would probably mention it as Tsuchigumo - the ground spider, since this name is also associated with a clan.

The pigmen I would try to find a better source since you're using another game's character and, a Yõkai is a a class of supernatural monsters in Japanese folklore. Often they possess animal features such as similarities with a turtle or they  have wings but, they remain human figure most of the time.

About the wolves, Kitsune is another folklore creature that takes the shape of a wolf however they also assume the form of humans. Maybe a Kyūbi?

I wish you good luck with your pack! I'm looking forward to see more screenshots from it ;)
Shinobi is also the Japanese word for Ninja.
Awesome pack, need to update it to work on 1.6+
  • Helladyx
  • Level 2
  • Apprentice Explorer
  • January 25, 2013, 3:01 pm
awesome pack! it is helping me and my friend/family member make a awesome japanese world! :D
P.S: the world is going good so far.
im waitin make spruce black wood
ill be waiting
Benn looking for one of these! Would love it if you continued the pack! Hopefully it will one day be in it's full glory at 100%!
  • TankGirl_TG
  • Level 42
  • Master Witch
  • November 26, 2012, 1:13 pm
I hope so too. I've been pretty busy in the real world though. If I never finish this, let it be on the record that I don't mind people contributing/using the textures/taking on the project either!
  • davethe
  • Level 2
  • Apprentice Miner
  • November 19, 2012, 5:36 am
great pack!
  • crackerman1322
  • Level 18
  • Journeyman Mountaineer
  • October 25, 2012, 5:11 pm
  • Platypus74
  • Level 23
  • Expert Toast
  • September 29, 2012, 5:05 pm
Very cool! DIAMOND
  • StripeyLiger
  • Level 11
  • Journeyman Artist
  • September 21, 2012, 6:02 am
Great texture pack. I love it!
  • gemdra
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • August 5, 2012, 1:03 pm
I really like the pack, but the wood planks seem a little dark...
  • TankGirl_TG
  • Level 42
  • Master Witch
  • October 28, 2012, 4:21 pm
  • plaze2
  • Level 1
  • New Dragonborn
  • August 4, 2012, 5:36 pm
  • TankGirl_TG
  • Level 42
  • Master Witch
  • October 28, 2012, 4:20 pm
Workin' on it. :D
  • bloom50
  • Level 8
  • Apprentice Mage
  • July 27, 2012, 6:04 am
Can I get a world save of the place from the snapshots? XD
  • TankGirl_TG
  • Level 42
  • Master Witch
  • October 28, 2012, 4:20 pm
Sorry for the late reply! I can't get it for you, but only because I was building it on a server that has since changed maps. I just followed temple designs and stuff, it's fairly easy to build!
  • mmoomaa
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • July 19, 2012, 9:08 am
You should add like some Samurai Armour, or like ninja armour, it's a bit cliche but that doesn't mean it isn't cool and fun to do!
I really like this pack
  • Owensd
  • Level 13
  • Journeyman Taco
  • June 12, 2012, 1:36 pm
Its awesome! You should add in armor though!
Love The Texture pack! My Grandma Says It Looks Just Like Her Home In Japan! Still... Epic Texturepack!
  • TankGirl_TG
  • Level 42
  • Master Witch
  • October 28, 2012, 4:19 pm
That's great to know :D I've been combing over tons of pictures to make it look good. I'm starting back up on this pack very soon!
  • Team Pixel
  • Level 33
  • Artisan Taco
  • June 2, 2012, 2:06 pm
Please finish. If this is finished, this will be featured in one of our maps!

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