A cover based on a Japanese gate (of which we have many in Hilo) seemed too obvious. Instead, I used an antique Japanese stirrup, engraved and chased with what might be silver. I liked the shape and the pattern.
I heavily modified the stirrup and the background. One issue that needed solving was what to do about the and in the title. There was not enough room to have both parts of the title placed horizontally. But if I placed one part vertically, then where would the and go?
The answer was to take it away entirely.
You may notice some similarities between this one and Jessamyn Smyth's The Inugami Mochi. I used some of the same techniques in both, but I didn't deliberately borrow from Jessamyn's.