I've always been fascinated with Japanese history and culture. Living in Japan for two years was wonderful! I definitely plan on going back some day. I've done this picture in somewhat of a uikyoe style. And for the record, that is indeed a Japanese dragon with the correct number (three!) of toes. No real inspiration for this other than the fact that I wanted to play with Photoshop 7 textures, brushes and effects. I'm having a ball with it so far. It's all done freehand in Photoshop 7 and is still a work in progress.