Danaerys wears traditional Heian-period royal clothing and is seated on the Mongolian Steppes, a fitting analogy for the Dothraki Sea, far from Westeros.
This is a series of digital paintings by Imgur user seiji featuring A Song of Fire and Ice scenes in the style of traditional Japanese woodblock prints (Ukiyo-e). I included his explanation of each under each pic, because for the most part I couldn't tell what the hell was going on because 1. I'm stupid and 2. impatient. You know anybody who's ever yelled at a Burger King cashier for their food taking so long even though they'd forgotten to order? THIS GUY.
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This is the iconic duel between Robert Baratheon and Rhaegar Targaryen that preceded the series by seventeen years. Instead of a war hammer, Robert wields a Kanabō, a club-like samurai bludgeoning weapon. His antlered helmet is inspired by the famous helmet of the warlord Honda Tadakatsu.
Catelyn Stark, her uncle Brynden Tully, and a dispatch of the Knights of the Vale journey to the Eyrie while transporting their captive, Tyrion Lannister. Tyrion is dressed in the robes of a nobleman.
Weirwood lore shares some interesting similarities to Shinto practices, so I drew a shimenawa (prayer rope) around the tree trunk.
The wildlings are dressed like the Ainu, who are the indigenous people of northern Japan. The Ainu are thought to be the descendants of the first inhabitants of the islands, and throughout history they have lived independently in the cold far north, beyond the grasp of the Emperor.
Instead of having Ilyn Payne simply execute Ned Stark, an amused Joffrey orders Ned to commit seppuku. Ilyn is on hand to perform the kaishaku, or ritual decapitation to quicken the death. The paper in front of Ned is a death poem, which a samurai would traditionally write before ending his life.
Thanks to Capt.Cash, who sent me a long block of wood to make my own traditional woodblock prints with but didn't tell me till later it was an Ent's penis.