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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


Ichiyō school of ikebana

16 - 19 August 2007

Exhibition closed

Room 3

The Asahi Shimbun Displays
Objects in focus

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The Ichiyō school of ikebana was founded in 1937. It was the first school to simplify the rules of arranging for foreigners, with an English text book. The school is a modern one, which does not adhere to the usual form of an asymmetrical triangle. The motto of the school is ‘love of flowers and people’.

This arrangement contains bamboo, anthurium, fatsia leave, Oriental bittersweet and New Zealand flax.

The demonstrator was Tineke Robertson: "In 1991 I was made master in both the Ichiyō and Enshū schools and I am now President of Ikebana International London. Last year I was asked to give a demonstration in Tokyo. My favourite summer flowers are Japanese irises and calla lilies, as well as beautiful tropical blooms."

Ichiyō school of ikebana.
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    Ichiyō school of ikebana.

Ichiyō school of ikebana.