Motai conceived the idea of using a plural number of linked panels in 1985 upon his temporary return to Japan from Germany. He brought back a folding-style book on sutras to Germany, which he found while he was traveling in Kyoto. In 1986, he began incorporating this style in his series Paper-Foldscreen. In 1987, he began systemizing the TA series. The first work was Grave of Myth B No.2, consisting of a set of four works, which is an even-numbered type in an oblong format.
In 1995, he began creating works with odd-numbered linked panels as an opposing type from the TA series. In 2001, he further added the Qf series, utilizing a square format.