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Workshop: Restoring Paper Materials at Kaitokudo Library -- Restoration Techniques of the Past and Present

2010-12-16 (Thu) 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Osaka University Libraries will hold a "Workshop for restoring Paper Materials at Kaitokudo Library" on Thursday, December 16.

Kaitokudo, an early "place of learning" built by Osaka merchants, is said to be one of the roots of Osaka University. Osaka University's Kaitokudo Library has about 50,000 paper materials including Kaitokuto records, Confucian scriptures, history books of Japan and China, and manuscripts of university professors. In addition, drawings, screens, seals, and dishes reminiscent of the school at that time are also part of the collection. Many of them are at least 200 years old. Pages have been eaten by worms, stained, torn, or damaged by age, so restoration and conservation are urgently needed.

Financed by Osaka University Supporters' Association and Asahi Shimbun Foundation in 2009, Osaka University has restored 33 recognized pieces of work including "Kiba-hogyu-zu" by TANI Buncho, a work representing the Kaitokudo Library, with the help of Oiri Corporation which inherited a traditional screen conservation technique.

This workshop is being held to present results of the restoration of and conservation of paper materials at Kaitokudo Library. In the workshop, lectures about materials at Kaitokudo Library and explanations about restoration and conservation techniques will be given. We look forward to welcoming many to this workshop.


  • YUASA Kunihiro, Professor, Graduate School of Letters, Osaka University
  • SHINAGAWA Koji, Management manager, Oiri Corp.
  • OTA Hirotoshi, Assistant manager, Oiri Corp.
  • TANIGUCHI Ryo: Chief, Restoration Division, Oiri Corp.

Intended for: Librarians, faculty, and students who are interested in Kaitokudo Library or restoring and preserving paper materials

Quota: 50

There is no fee for attending this workshop.


  • 1:30 p.m. -- Greetings from chairpersons and introduction of lecturers
  • 1:35 p.m. -- Lecture & explanation about paper materials at Kaitokudo Library
  • 2:45 p.m. -- Break
  • 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. -- Explanation about techniques regarding restoration, conservation and digitalization of paper materials

How to apply:

Please send the following by email:

  1. Email subject: "Application for workshop"
  2. Your name
  3. Name of institute or organization you belong to

All those applying will be informed regarding the status of their application by email. If the number of applicants exceeds the quota, a selection process will be implemented.

Apply to: Planning staff at the Planning Division, Osaka University Library


Application deadline: Wednesday, December 8, 2010, 5:00 p.m.

Date: 2010-12-16 (Thu) 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Organizer: Osaka University Libraries
Venue: Library Hall, Main Library, Osaka University
Registration: Registration by email is necessary.
Contact: Planning staff at the Planning Division, Osaka University Library

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