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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

 

Samurai to Manga:
Japan across the centuries

15 December 2005 – 8 February 2006
Free

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Room 3

The Asahi Shimbun Displays
Objects in focus

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Once a faithful dog brought the paper to you. Today, if it doesn’t read the latest headlines in Spanish, it's just not Japanese.

Revolutionary stuff? Not when you consider that Japan has been making robots for more than 300 years. And a millennium earlier, precision-crafting the lightest, strongest, most lethal weapon in the world – the samurai sword. It’s the same precision which goes into drawing contemporary Manga, although Manga’s roots actually date back to the seventeenth century.

At almost every level, in fact, Japan is set apart by reinvention and continuity - perhaps because it has never been invaded. At least that's one way of looking at things - which is precisely what the Asahi Shimbun Displays are all about. One fascinating take on a small selection of British Museum objects.

The renovated Japanese Galleries reopened in September 2006 showcasing one of the most dynamic collections of historical and contemporary Japanese objects in the world.

Set of armour from Japan

Set of armour from Japan. Momoyama period, late 16th century (cuirass and sleeves; Edo period, 17th century (helmet), 18th-19th century (remainder).