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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


Utagawa Hiroshige (歌川広重) (Biographical details)

Utagawa Hiroshige (歌川広重) (printmaker; painter/draughtsman; Japanese; Male; 1797 - 1858)

Also known as

Utagawa Hiroshige; Hiroshige, Utagawa (art name); Hiroshige, Ando (安藤広重); Ichiryusai (一立斎); Ichiyusai (一幽斎); Ryusai (立斎); Utashige (歌重); Juemon (重右衛門); Tokubei (徳兵衛); Tokutaro (徳太郎)


Renowned painter and print artist. Pupil of Utagawa Toyohiro; also studied with Okajima Rinsai and Ooka Umpo. The leading landscape artist of the 'Ukiyoe' school, Hiroshige was the son of an official in the fire department. In the 1820s he was active in many areas: actor prints, warrior prints, prints of women, etc. He started producing landscape prints in the early 1830s, establishing his own unique style with the series 'Famous Places in Edo' (Ichiyusai signature) and 'Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido Highway' of 1832-3. He continued to excel at views of famous places throughout his career and managed to express in great detail the poetic sensibility inherent in the climate and topography of Japan and the people who lived there. Hiroshige also designed many masterpieces in the genre of bird and flower prints, once again creating a world where poetry and painting combined.