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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


Kabuki Heroes on the Osaka Stage 1780 – 1830

30 June – 11 September 2005

Exhibition closed

Room 92 - 94

Supported by the AHRC, ANA, Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, Japan Foundation and Toshiba International Foundation.

Kabuki Heroes celebrates the fanatical devotion surrounding Japanese urban theatre between 1780 and 1830, the intense inter-generational rivalries between actors, poets and artists and the colourful memorabilia, from scrapbooks to hymnbooks, that they gave birth to.

In particular, Kabuki Heroes follows the battle of minds and bodies between Kabuki’s two greatest performers – the ‘masterful’ Rikan and the 'start-up’ Shikan. Bringing together evidence from Britain and Japan, this special exhibition is a vivid reminder that the drama of pop culture runs through the centuries and across the globe.

Woodblock print showing Rikan and Shikan

Woodblock print showing Rikan (right) and Shikan (left) by Hokushû.