What just happened?

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


Collection online

Additional options
Production date to

Or search by


Yukiguni no minzoku (People of the Snow Country)

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (object)

    • Yukiguni no minzoku (People of the Snow Country)
  • Description

    Photobook, one volume, first edition. 367 photographic illustrations and one colour lithograph map. Japanese text. Large 8vo. Original boards in dustwrapper.

  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1944
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Curator's comments

    An important photographic item illustrative of the strong interest during the war-years in folklore studies. The book is a comprehensive overview of the types, dress, customs, housing, and products of Akita Prefecture. Yanagita Kunio (1865-1972) is widely regarded as the father of ethnology. After graduating from Tokyo University he became an official in the Ministry of Agriculture. His work allowed him to travel widely and he became fascinated with different village customs in various parts of Japan. The film-maker Miki Shigeru (1905-1978) selected the images from over 2000 photos taken as part of a documentary film entitled 'Living of the land' (tsuchi ni ikiru, 1940). (Titus Boeder, 4/2007)


  • Bibliography

    • Boeder 2007 120 bibliographic details
  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department


  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • PB.377 (Photobook number)

There is no image of this object, or there may be copyright restrictions

Image service:

Request new photography



If you’ve noticed a mistake or have any further information about this object, please email: collectiondatabase@britishmuseum.org 

View open data for this object with SPARQL endpoint

Object reference number: JCF20483

British Museum collection data is also available in the W3C open data standard, RDF, allowing it to join and relate to a growing body of linked data published by organisations around the world.

View this object

Support the Museum:
donate online

The Museum makes its collection database available to be used by scholars around the world. Donations will help support curatorial, documentation and digitisation projects.

About the database

The British Museum collection database is a work in progress. New records, updates and images are added every week.

More about the database 


Work on this database is supported by a range of sponsors, donors and volunteers.

More about supporters and how you
can help