The Institute was founded in Tokyo in 1994 by a group of artists who graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts of Florence, and who were inspired by the cultural atmosphere of the city.
In 1996 in the restoration sector, L'Ambiente launched a collaboration with Palazzo Spinelli for training specialists in the safeguarding of cultural heritage. After a two-year course in Tokyo, the Japanese students will conclude their studies in Florence.
Over 100 young Japanese students have been trained as restorers and work in the restoration of paintings and paper.
For the solidity of relationships between Italy and Japan, the director of the Institute received the honour of 'Commander of the Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity' by the President of the Italian Republic in 1996.
Many courses and seminars focusing on traditional culture and techniques used on Japanese paper (Hyogu techniques, etc.) are attended by students from Asian countries and around Europe.