Behind the White Tigers - the place
As you know, so much of inspiration in writing has its roots in the real world. Whether it's place, characters, events, something has inspired us authors to bring it to life in the story.
It would be impossible to put it all down here the elements that have inspired the White Tigers series but I can begin with the place. This is the ryokan, the Japanese inn, on which Kiku's White Tiger is modeled. No, I've never been there but when I saw this photo, I knew that this real place was actually, in my world, the White Tiger.
Beautiful and simple and utterly tasteful, this place is exactly where I envision the men coming to stay and live at the White Tiger - the perfect setting for romance and meditation!
Oh, and of course, Basho's beautiful food! lol