Paper-based materials are a vital component of the world’s cultural heritage. Materials and techniques for paper making vary around the world, but the approach and methods used within traditional Japanese paper craft are among the most sophisticated.   

This course offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn about the making and conservation of Japanese paper-based heritage in a holistic way. Theory is complemented by extensive practical sessions, site visits and a study tour to a papermaking region. The course offers opportunities to build bridges between the Japanese and Western paper conservation traditions, and to assess the applicability of the Japanese approach, materials and techniques to non-Japanese cultural heritage. This annual three-week course is organized in collaboration with the National Research Institute for Cultural Properties in Tokyo, Japan.