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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


Ohara Mitsuhiro 大原光廣 (Biographical details)

Ohara Mitsuhiro 大原光廣 (carver; Japanese; Male; 1810 - 1875)

Also known as

Ohara Mitsuhiro


Maker of netsuke. Born in Onomichi in 1810. At 17 he went to Osaka and was apprenticed to a shop making plectrums for the samisen. Learned carving by using ivory waste. As his ability increased his name became known in Osaka, Kyoto, and Tokyo. Was adopted by the master of the shop. His health was poor and in 1857, at 48 he returned to Onomichi Died in 1875 at 66. One of his hall marks was a black-etched stippling, used sparingly but to great effect to denote the hair of an animal, the plumage of bird, or the folds of a dress.