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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


Toshiba lectures in Japanese art and culture
Tokugawa Japan – ideologies in conflict: the Confucian scholar

Friday 8 November,
Stevenson Lecture Theatre
Free, limited places

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Japan in the Tokugawa period (1603–1868) was one of the most highly urbanised countries in the world. Despite the fact that this was in essence a militarised society, an artistic and literary culture emerged that has proved to be a source of fascination for many.

In this lecture Richard Bowring, Emeritus Professor of Japanese Studies, University of Cambridge, explores a wide range of intellectual responses to this new world, from scholars who were wedded to Chinese Confucian ideas to those for whom China was the source of everything that was wrong with Japan.

Jointly organised by the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, sponsored by the Toshiba International Foundation.

For further information: sisjac@sainsbury-institute.org

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