Discover Pantechnicon‘s Japanese inspired festive workshops

Furoshiki Masterclasslearn the Japanese art of gift wrapping

Make gift-giving extra special by learning the ancient art of Japanese gift wrapping using furoshiki cloths. In Japan, gift giving is an important cultural ritual, and the presentation is just as key as the gift itself. Plus, with no cutting, sticking or waste, your furoshiki is completely reusable.

In this 60 minute workshop you’ll learn the key techniques by wrapping a bottle and a book. The workshop will be led by Tomoko Kakita, a Japanese furoshiki expert. You’ll also receive a copy of Tomoko’s recently released book Furoshiki and the Japanese art of gift wrapping as part of the session. If you’d like to take a furoshiki or two home with you, they’ll be available to purchase on the day, including a range designed by Tomoko herself.

Can’t make it to a workshop? Pantechnicon offers a furoshiki wrapping service for any gifts purchased in our shops Edit, Studio and Sakaya and Tomoko’s book on furoshiki wrapping is also available to purchase in Studio.

5th December, 10.30am – 11.30am

12th December, 10.30am – 11.30am

£35 per person, book your ticket here

Japanese Wreath Making Masterclass – create a Japanese New Year wreath

Join a workshop at Pantechnicon with Japanese flower designer Matsurika Flowers to create your own shimekazari or New Year wreath.

In Japan, the key festive celebration is Shogatsu, the New Year. Preparations begin in December with the display of shimekazari wreaths to bring good fortune for the coming year. The wreaths include auspicious symbols to welcome the New Year’s kami (gods or holy powers) along with prosperity and good luck, while at the same time warding off evil spirits and bad luck.

The workshops will last 90 minutes and all materials will be provided for you to create your own wreath to take home. The base of shimekazari is made from shimenawa (a sacred rice straw rope). Matsurika will guide you through making the wreath and decorating it with Japanese symbols of prosperity, good luck charms and adornments.

If you’d prefer to purchase a ready made wreath, visit Pantechnicon’s Studio to choose from a range of shimekazari from 22 November.

28th November, 10am – 11.30am

3rd December, 10.30am – 12pm

£55 per person, book your ticket here