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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


Enshū school of ikebana

5 July - 11 July 2007

Exhibition closed

Room 3

The Asahi Shimbun Displays
Objects in focus

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The Enshū school of ikebana was founded in the 1600s by Lord Kobori Enshū, famous for his architecture and gardens in Kyoto. There were no textbooks. Kobori’s lessons were based on watching the master and copying him. Enshū style arrangements are meant to be viewed directly from the front.

This arrangement includes juniper and chrysanthemums.

The demonstrator was Tineke Robertson: "I lived for three and a half years in Japan and seized the opportunity to study three schools of ikebana – Ichiyō, Enshū and Ikenobō. Ikebana to me means an art form with nature as the main object. I love trees and flowers, and the beauty of all the seasons inspires me."

Enshū school of ikebana.
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    Enshū school of ikebana.

Enshū school of ikebana.