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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


Kohdoh school of ikebana

2 - 8 August 2007

Exhibition closed

Room 3

The Asahi Shimbun Displays
Objects in focus

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The Kohdoh school was founded nearly 500 years ago. It follows the rules of an ancient book called Heishi which describes not only the technical rules of ikebana but also the philosophical idea behind it. It teaches how to achieve a peaceful and rewarding life through the art of arranging flowers.

This arrangement contains coconut palm and Bromeliad Guzmania lingulata, sometimes known as ‘scarlet star’.

The demonstrator was Takashi Sawano: "Ikebana uses flowers and plants in an artistic way and develops spiritual awareness behind Japanese art forms. In my busy life ikebana keeps me in touch with the awareness of nature and what lies at its essence. My favourite summer flowers are sonia roses, Japanese flag iris and wisteria."

Kohdoh school of ikebana.
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    Kohdoh school of ikebana.

Kohdoh school of ikebana.