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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


Ikenobō school of ikebana

12 - 18 July 2007

Exhibition closed

Room 3

The Asahi Shimbun Displays
Objects in focus

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Ikenobō is the oldest school of ikebana in Japan. It was founded by Ikenobō Senkei in the 1400s. The name of this school comes from the Japanese words ‘bō’ (a monk’s hut) and ‘ike’ (near a lake).

This arrangement includes pine, cypress, orchids and iris leaves.

The demonstrator was Hansa Patel: "I first came across ikebana over twenty years ago at a time of considerable stress in my life. Ikebana provides me with a haven of peace, tranquillity and harmony. It also enables me to combine creativity with the discipline of understanding the rules of nature."

Ikenobō school of ikebana.
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    Ikenobō school of ikebana.

Ikenobō school of ikebana.