Stripping away the black epidermis from the white bast fibre of the paper mulberry (Broussonetia kajinoki Seib) or kozo in Japanese. Kozo bast is the main ingredient in the manufacture of Japanese paper.
Illustration from one of the earliest Japanese books on papermaking, the Kamisuki Chohoki by Kunisaki Jihei, which first appeared in Osaka in 1798
ICCROM announces that –
Many collections all over the world house Japanese paintings, calligraphic works and other paper–based artefacts. The purpose of this course is to offer those caring for such collections outside of Japan an insight into the materials and techniques of the Japanese paper-mounting tradition, and to the principles guiding the care of such collections in Japan. Through improving their understanding of the basic characteristics of the Japanese paper tradition, the participants will be in a better position to make decisions concerning the care of Japanese artefacts in their collections. The course aims also at offering opportunities to build bridges between the Japanese and the Western paper conservation traditions and to assess the applicability of the Japanese approach, materials & techniques also to non-Japanese cultural heritage.
The papermaking village of Kurodani in western Japan
The Heritage Trust
Dates for the course are: 26 August – 13 September 2013.

Place: Tokyo, Japan.


National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, Tokyo.

ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property).
Details here.