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Organizers: TOBUNKEN - Tokyo National Research Institute for Cultural Properties and ICCROM - International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property

Call for applications: JPC 2024

The course 

Japanese paper is internationally recognized as a superior conservation material. It is also the support material used in Japanese artworks found in many collections worldwide. However, it is difficult outside of Japan to gain in-depth, holistic knowledge and experience in traditional conservation techniques dealing with Japanese paper. The JPC course offers a unique opportunity for overseas professionals to bridge this gap. In addition, it provides opportunities to create links between Japanese and Western paper conservation and to encourage the application of Japanese conservation approaches, materials, and techniques to non-Japanese cultural heritages.

Course Methodology

The course is an intensive programme combining theory and practice through lectures, practical workshops in Tokyo, and a study tour in different Japanese cities to visit traditional papermaking masters and mounting studios.


The course is open to 10 conservators-restorers, curators, keepers, and other professionals actively involved in the preservation of and enhancement of access to cultural heritage. At least five years of working experience is required. Preference will be given to candidates who are also involved in training activities or are heads of conservation teams. 


Art historians, conservation scientists, traditional paper-mounting and conservation specialists from leading institutions in Japan.

Course Fee & Costs

Course fee: 900 Euro

The organizers will cover round-trip travel costs from the participant’s country of origin, domestic trip in Japan, accommodation and daily expenses during the course.


Please use the online course application form

In order to finalize your application, the following digital files will be required when completing the online form:

  1. Portrait photo (allowed formats: pdf doc docx jpg jpeg png tif tiff with a maximum file size of 5 MB)
  2. Official endorsement (allowed formats: pdf doc docx jpg jpeg png tif tiff with a maximum file size of 5 MB)
  3. Curriculum Vitae (allowed formats: pdf doc docx with a maximum file size of 5 MB)