The characters of Game of Thrones visit medieval Japan

Arts Trends & Culture - January 22nd, 2014

The characters of Game of Thrones take a journey into feudal Japan in one artist’s imagination.

Fans of the hit series Game of Thrones have a while more to wait for the next season of power-grabbing, murder, and magic to hit screens in April. And apparently, one fan has been keeping himself busy during this long winter, imagining how the members of the warring houses would look if they were transplanted into medieval Japan.

The artist behind this reimagining goes by the name “Seiji,” and his recent album has gotten a lot of attention from the fans of the fictional world. As he explains, he was inspired by the graphic style of Ukiyo-e.

Although the HBO series, based on George R. R. Martin’s set of novels, A Song of Ice and Fire, has more than its share of the supernatural, it’s also easy to see historical parallels, whether you compare it to England, or as Seiji has done here, to Japan.

But, be warned: if you’ve just begun watching, you might be in for some spoilers . . .

*The top image shows the duel between Robert Baratheon and Rhaegar Targaryen, which took place before the series began. Seiji notes that Robert’s “antlered helmet is inspired by the famous helmet of the warlord Honda Tadakatsu.”

Bran Stark and Hodor Journey North


Taking a twist on the old religion of the Northerners, the weirwood has been decorated
with a shimenawa—the ceremonial straw rope used in Shinto



Tyrion at the Eyrie


The Knights of the Vale transporting the captured Tyrion Lannister,
along with Catelyn Stark and her uncle Brynden Tully

Jon Snow duels Qhorin Halfhand as Wildlings Look On


An interesting choice here: the wildlings are dressed like the Ainu

The Execution of Eddard Stark


Instead of being executed, Ned has been forced to commit seppuku,
having written a death poem only moments before

Mother of Dragons


The irrepressible Denerys Targaryen and her dragon brood,
with the Mongolian Steppes in the background