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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


The Mitsubishi Corporation Japanese Galleries
Rooms 92–94

5000 BC – present

Continuity and change have shaped Japanese material culture since ancient times.

Through extensive cultural exchange, Japan has become a thriving modern, high-technology society whilst continuing to celebrate many elements of its traditional culture.

The art, religion, entertainment and everyday life of emperors, courtiers and townspeople can be explored in Rooms 92-94 through objects dating from Ancient Japan to the Modern period.

Artefacts range from porcelain and Samurai warrior swords, to woodblock prints and twentieth century Manga comic books.

Historic tea ceremony wares can also be seen, alongside a reconstruction of a traditional tea house.

Wooden figure of Fudô Myô-Ô

Wooden figure of Fudô Myô-Ô.
Heian period, 12th century AD.