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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


Koryū school of ikebana

9 - 15 August 2007

Exhibition closed

Room 3

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The Koryū school of ikebana is particularly concerned with mathematical and geometric rules. It was founded in 1900 by Tsunoda Mansaku, who began practising ikebana aged nine. The motto of this school is ‘ikebana is the spiritual reflection of oneself’.

This arrangement contains Aspidistra leaves.

The demonstrator was Sumie Takahashi: "I believe it is important to keep ikebana alive by passing it on to the next generation. My favourite material is the aspidistra leaf which can be used in both traditional and modern-style arrangements. Ikebana has enabled me to make a lot of friends throughout the world."

Koryū school of ikebana.
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    Koryū school of ikebana.

Koryū school of ikebana.