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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


Totoya Hokkei (魚屋北渓) (Biographical details)

Totoya Hokkei (魚屋北渓) (printmaker; painter/draughtsman; Japanese; Male; 1780 - 1850)

Also known as

Hokkei, Totoya; Hokkei, Aoigaoka (葵岡北渓); Kyosai (拱斎); Aiogazono (葵園); Go (呉); Tatsuyuki (辰行); Iwakubo (岩窪); Hatsugoro (初五郎); Kin'emon (金右衛門)


Painter and print artist. Originally a fishmonger at Yotsuya Samegahashi, hence the art surname Totoya/Uoya (fish shop). 'Edo hogaku-wake' gives his address as Akasaka Nagai-cho and name as Hatsutaro (Shotaro). His address also given as Akasaka Kirabatake. A pupil of first Kano Yosen'in Korenobu, then Hokusai. His earliest dated work an illustrated 'kyoka' anthology, 'Kyoka shakushi-guri', published in 1799, making him one of Hokusai's earliest pupils. From c. 1810 onwards a major designer of 'surimono' and illustrator of poetry anthologies. A small number of paintings of beauties and Chinese warrior subjects, the compositions often derived from Hokusai but the style progressively more individual.