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To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

More information about how we have ‘runified’ this site

 

Sumiyoshi Jokei and unknown calligrapher, 'Journey to the East: Mt Fuji' (Azuma-kudari: Fujinoyama), two


Sumiyoshi Jokei (paintings) an

Episode 9

Episode 4

Episode 4

Episode 9: calligraphy

Episode 9: calligraphy

Episode 4: calligraphy

Episode 4: calligraphy


Length: 196.000 mm (each)
Width: 173.000 mm (each)

Asia JA JP 187-195 (1881.12-10.0326-34)


Scene from Ise monogatari (Tales of Ise)

Ise monogatari (Tales of Ise) is a collection of over one hundred brief narrative episodes, each containing one or more classical poems. It is believed to have been composed in the tenth century, with the main protagonist modelled after the courtier-poet Ariwara no Narihira (AD 825-80). Scenes from Ise monogatari became a common subject for later painters. Episode no. 9, 'Journey to the East' (Azuma-kudari), traditionally interpreted as Narihira's 'exile' from Kyoto, includes a brief scene where the party pass Mt Fuji and pause to admire an un-seasonal coating of snow.

Jokei's depiction of the scene is sparse and informal. The softly rounded, brilliant green foothills of Fuji recall the ancient roots of Yamato-e painting. The stylized triple peak of the moutain is also an archaic style found on Buddhist 'Mt Fuji mandalas'.