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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


Sōgetsu school of ikebana

19 - 25 July 2007

Exhibition closed

Room 3

The Asahi Shimbun Displays
Objects in focus

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The Sōgetsu school was founded by Techigahara Sofu in 1926. Sōgetsu arrangements range enormously in scale and can fill entire buildings. Today Teshigahara’s granddaughter leads the school and is keen to encourage children to engage with ikebana.

This arrangement includes Taiwanese cedar, anthurium and green leaves.

The demonstrator was Ruth Sulke: "I began studying ikebana in 1960 in Hong Kong where I had been living since 1949 and where I still live half of the year. Besides teaching ikebana, I have participated in exhibitions all over the world and have demonstrated in Hong Kong, England and America."

Sōgetsu school of ikebana.
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    Sōgetsu school of ikebana.

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    Sōgetsu school of ikebana.

Sōgetsu school of ikebana.