I took my inspiration from the social structure of Japan during the Shogunate era.
I want to represent the wealth of the elite class by showing castles dominating on the background. The inspiration for the architecture came from Himeji Castle, which is the finest surviving example of a typical Japanese castle with defensive systems common in the feudal period.
I want to represent the class system by comparing the ornate castle system on the high ground with the spread around poor peasants houses in the foreground.
The inspiration for the peasant's houses came from remote Ainokura village.