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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


Ōhara school of ikebana

26 July - 1 August 2007

Exhibition closed

Room 3

The Asahi Shimbun Displays
Objects in focus

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The Ōhara school was founded by Ōhara Unshin in 1895. Ōhara arrangements are made in a landscape format on open dishes or plates, rather than in tall, thin vases. This style has become known as moribana (‘piled-up flowers’). Worldwide there are over one million students of the Ōhara school.

This arrangement contains dried manzanita branches, phalaenopsis (a type of orchid) and euonymus.

The demostrator was Angela Sawano: "Whenever I walk through the countryside or forest I am always looking up at the unusual shapes of branches imagining how I would use them in an ikebana arrangement. My favourite summer flowers are morning glory, cockscomb, and lilies and lovely hosta leaves to place amongst them."

Ōhara school of ikebana.
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    Ōhara school of ikebana.

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    Ōhara school of ikebana.

Ōhara school of ikebana.