JPC 2020 - International Course on Conservation of Japanese Paper


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

The Course

Japanese paper is internationally recognised as a superior conservation material. It is also the support material used in Japanese artworks found in many collections worldwide. However, outside of Japan, it is difficult 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.

JPC 2020 - International Course on Conservation of Japanese Paper


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


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

Working language



Course fee: 900 Euros

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

To apply

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

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