Illuminating Prague: KOJIMA Lanterns from Kyoto, JAPA

October 21-24, 2022 : National Gallery Prague, Salm Palace & Headquarters of the Czech Academy of Sciences
       In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Oriental Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences, the Oriental Institute and the National Gallery Prague will bring three lantern-craft specialists from Kyoto, Japan. 
   We invite you to watch how these craftsmen make lanterns at the Salm Palace of the National Gallery Prague in Hradčanské Square next to the Prague Castle (Salm Palace | National Gallery Prague (
For this special event, the craftsmen will demonstrate their skills in the creation of a large lantern (with a diameter of 150 cm!) — using bamboo string, washi paper, paint, and a special glue. 

The demonstration will take place at Salm Palace, to be followed by two lectures the following day in the Headquarters of the Czech Academy of Sciences.  The lectures will address the historic significance of lanterns in Japan and the meaning of cultural heritage.

There will also be workshop opportunities to make your own lanterns in the same method and materials under the guidance of the craftsmen.  For more information, click "More Info" and register for the workshop.  We look forward to meeting you in late October!

You are also invited to visit the exhibition, “Japanese Zen paintings from the Kaeru-An collection.”  For more details, see ZENGA – Japanese Zen Paintings from the Kaeru-An Collection | National Gallery Prague (

Our Craftsmen

Dedication. Expertise. Passion.

Over three days (Friday October 21st through Sunday the 23rd), craftsmen from Kyoto will construct a large lantern with traditional materials.    

The special "Make your own lantern" workshops for adults and children will take place at Salm Palace on October 21-23.  Please see "Workshops" and reserve your spot.  For the adult workshop, the price is 900 Kč/group, which includes 1 small lantern and professional guidance by Kojima masters.  The children's workshops, with Jan Śimr from Atelier Rychta, are free.  Reservations for all workshops are required. 


Workshop Registration 

The workshops will take place at Salm Palace concurrently with lantern making demonstrations on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 21-23.  On Monday Oct 24th, there will be lectures by Francesco ARESTI and Chelsea FOXWELL at the Headquarters of the Czech Academy of Sciences. 

For kids:

October 21 (Fri)  3:30pm-4:30pm 

October 22 (Sat)  11:00am-12:00pm, 2:00pm-3:00pm

October 23 (Sun)  11:00am-12:00pm, 2:00pm-3:00pm 

For adults:

October 22 (Fri) 2:30pm-4:00pm

October 23 (Sat) 2:30pm-4:00 pm

The adult workshops are 900 Kč per group and include a small lantern made of special materials from Japan and professional guidance by Kojima masters.

Our Speakers

On Monday October 24, 2022, there will be two lectures at the Headquarters of the CAS.  The lectures will address the historic significance of lanterns in Japanese culture and the meaning of the preservation of traditional arts and cultural heritage today.  The lectures are free and open to the public. 



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For questions and comments email us!

Nobuko Toyosawa
Oriental Institute, Czech Academy of Sciences