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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


Living Flowers of Japan

5 July - 19 August 2007

Exhibition closed

Room 3

The Asahi Shimbun Displays
Objects in focus

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Ikebana (literally ‘living flowers’) is the Japanese art of flower arranging and has played an important role in Japanese society since ancient times.

Discover the many styles of ikebana as members of Ikebana International create seven displays in seven weeks using one ceramic pot made by ‘Living National Treasure’ Fujiwara Yu (1932–2001).

Enshū school of ikebana
Ikenobō school of ikebana
Sōgetsu school of ikebana
Ōhara school of ikebana
Kohdoh school of ikebana
Koryū school of ikebana
Ichiyō school of ikebana

Further information

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