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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


Online tours: Japan

Collecting souvenirs in Japan: a diary

A diary of a curator's trip collecting for an exhibition at the British Museum.

Kabuki theatre of Japan

An introduction to Kabuki's acting styles, music, dance and drama, theatre and audience, make-up and costume through prints and photographs.

Japanese Swords: Cutting Edge

A look at Japanese swords, their accessories and depictions of their use from different periods.

Views of Mount Fuji

Prints and paintings from an exhibition that looks at the mountain that has long dominated Japan's geographical and cultural landscape.