Apologies for the lack of updates, but there hasn't been much to report. We are scheduled to start the next phase of work on 8/23/06, and I anticipate more frequent updates after that. It sounds like we are leaning towards a simpler design, for the most part incorporating just water, maple leaves and koi. We had discussed working in yokai of some sort, but it just didn't feel right.
Check out this website for a fascinating look at one man's munewari style tattoo by Horiyoshi III. The design is packed with mythical imagery and detailed explanations are given for each item. And of course, Horiyoshi's artwork is as wonderful as ever.