Updated September 2023
We learned our authentic furoshiki gift-wrapping skills in Kyoto, the area where furoshiki originated over a thousand years ago.
We love to share our furoshiki skills, and we have lots of experience hosting different kinds of furoshiki gift-wrapping events:
2-day flagship store furoshiki wrapping of special brand-launch gifts and customer purchases, and the sourcing and supplying of furoshiki from Japan
Rolling in-store furoshiki gift-wrapping workshops with customers
Teaching in-store staff how to wrap purchases elegantly in Kyoto-style furoshiki gift-wrapping
3-day Christmas corporate drop-in furoshiki gift-wrapping events
Global employee participation in our online Christmas corporate furoshiki gift-wrapping event
Team-bonding in-person furoshiki gift-wrapping workshop
Furoshiki gift-wrapping demonstrations at Christmas and Wedding fayres
Luxury hotel Members Club furoshiki workshops
We are always open to all of your ideas and we are keen to make your corporate and in-store events a great success! Our events are fun and informative – our guests are delighted with their new furoshiki skills – and we always have wonderful feedback!
We can supply furoshiki materials and boxes for guests to wrap with (but guests do not take these home)
We can supply furoshiki for guests to keep, and also our Furoshiki Handbook so that guests can continue wrapping after the event!
We would love to share a little more about some of these events with you to give you an idea of what we can do!
Johnnie Walker Brand Launch 2023
I was invited to the VIP brand launch of the new Johnnie Walker Limited Edition Blue Label Umami whisky at the Princes Street store in Edinburgh, to wrap special gifts and purchases in our beautiful blue furoshiki from Kyoto!
Umami is a collaboration between Master Blender Emma Walker and Japanese Chef Kei Kobayashi.
Our live furoshiki gift-wrapping and personalised Japanese calligraphy with Tomoko added a lot of interest to the incredibly dynamic store displays!
It was the most exciting two days meeting the most wonderful people. We received many kind comments about our stunning furoshiki gift and bottle wrapping!
For this event we sourced and supplied all of our elegant furoshiki materials from Japan.
We have a lot of experience hosting furoshiki gift-wrapping events for large corporations.
Please contact us if we can help you with your upcoming event!
Shiseido Beauty Conference 2023
I had a fantastic time at the Shiseido Beauty Conference in Covent Garden, London!
I demonstrated and taught staff how to create beautiful Kyoto furoshiki gift-wrapping for customers who purchase their wonderful Christmas gift sets.
The display demonstrates the many different styles of furoshiki gift-wrapping that can be chosen to wrap with.
I like to give a short introduction to the history of furoshiki so that there is some context for this beautiful Japanese wrapping cloth.
Staff gathered around the table to watch my furoshiki gift-wrapping, then went back to their stations to recreate each wrap.
Everyone was brilliant at furoshiki gift-wrapping! And I loved how they cheered when I suggested making another wrap!
Thank you samlanephotography.co.uk for the Shiseido event photos
Christmas Furoshiki Gift-wrapping Events
Large International Tech Company
In the busy run-up to Christmas I hosted a corporate Christmas furoshiki gift-wrapping event for a large international tech company that ran across three days. The company has three large offices in London, and organised a rotation of Christmas events for hard-working employees. Consequently our furoshiki gift-wrapping was set up as a drop-in event, where guests could drop by for as little or as long as they liked within their busy schedules!
We supplied all of the materials for guests to try Christmas furoshiki gift-wrapping!
I hosted an online furoshiki gift-wrapping event for PayPal who are based in California. Employees joined in from around the world using their own materials and items to gift-wrap.
We had about an hour and a quarter of Christmas furoshiki fun, and afterwards we shipped gift furoshiki to California for the attendees.
UK-based Japanese Company
I had a wonderful time hosting a lunchtime in-office furoshiki gift-wrapping workshop for a UK-based Japanese company, who received our Zusetsu Yuzu furoshiki to learn with and keep. Our workshops are a lot of fun, and guests are always really good at wrapping with furoshiki!
In-store Furoshiki Wrapping Workshops at Uniqlo, Oxford Street, London
I had such a fantastic day at the flagship Uniqlo store in Oxford Street, London!
I was invited by Uniqlo to host short 30-minute furoshiki workshops throughout the Christmas shopping afternoon. This was the first Saturday in December, and so it was peak shopping time and extremely busy!
Our workshops were sold out, and everyone who attended quickly learned how to make beautiful furoshiki gift-wraps for their Christmas gifts. You can see in the photos above just how elegant their furoshiki wrapping was!
We have lots of styles of furoshiki wraps, and I think the best way to teach our guests is to make the particular style of wrapping first and then collapse it, and then to begin again with everyone following the steps.
I'm always happy to go over the steps as many times as is needed, because I'm very keen for everyone to leave my workshops confident in their furoshiki wrapping skills, and keen to incorporate eco-friendly furoshiki into their daily life.
I taught many styles of furoshiki-wrapping: you can see in the photos our beautiful futatsu wrap for bundles of clothes, ribbon-wrapped boxes, and my favourite: flower wrap.
You can discover how to make all of these furoshiki wrap styles in our growing library of Furoshiki Tutorials!
I learned my furoshiki-wrapping skills in Kyoto, the area where furoshiki originated over a thousand years ago.
We're honoured that this is the city where our own Zusetsu-brand furoshiki are traditionally made :)
During our workshops I love being able to chat a little about the history of furoshiki wrapping, describing how it began in the 8th century Nara Imperial court, and continued once the court moved to Kyoto - how wrapping cloths wrapped the costly many-layered robes of the courtiers when they travelled on pilgrimage.
On the day we offered drop-in furoshiki-wrapping sessions at Uniqlo too, as we had lots of interested people watching us as we wrapped!
And it was fun at the end of the day, to stand near the ground-floor entrance and furoshiki wrap display boxes, engaging with customers who told me how much they love furoshiki!
Thank you to Uniqlo - I thoroughly enjoyed my day - it was lovely meeting you all!
Pop-up Store Furoshiki Gift-wrapping Workshops for Shiseido's Anniversary Celebration in Covent Garden, London
Shiseido celebrated their 150th anniversary with a glamorous pop-up store in London's elegant Covent Garden.
The event incorporated a series of Masterclasses including two of our very own one hour furoshiki workshops!
The classes were tremendous fun, full of enthusiastic and delighted guests. I was able to help them learn how to wrap several styles of furoshiki gift-wrapping and furoshiki bags. They picked up the skills so quickly I was also able to help them learn how to make our most elaborate furoshiki bottle wrap, too!
Our guests were so wonderful, they were even furoshiki wrapping the furoshiki wrapped bottle that was their gift to take home!
We love to supply furoshiki gift-wrapping for your guests as gifts to remember your special event, and we would love to help you with your enquiry.
Thank you to Jasmine and all of the organizers who were so friendly and fantastic to be with on the day :)
Luxury Hotel Christmas Furoshiki Wrapping Event
We were delighted to host a Furoshiki Gift-wrapping event at The Ned, the 5-star hotel located in the heart of The City of London.
Surrounded by the glittering boxes of the old bank vault, in a side room off the Member's Bar, we used our pearlescent Seven Treasures furoshiki and our Diagonal Bicolour Red furoshiki to capture the glow of the lamps and the silvery light of the walls.
It was a wonderfully relaxed event, with skillful guests creating beautiful wraps including our furoshiki bottle wraps!
Cotswold Christmas Fair Demonstration
At the highly-anticipated annual Christmas Fair located in two marquees at Daylesford in the Cotswolds, I gave a short presentation on the history of furoshiki, followed by a demonstration of many furoshiki wrapping styles.
We had a wonderful display of ready-wrapped gifts which I individually collapsed and re-wrapped, explaining the method to the enthusiastic audience as I went along!
I demonstrated how to make reusable furoshiki bags too.
It was a highly enjoyable event, and I'm delighted to have been invited back!
Furoshiki Gift-wrapping Events
If you would like us to engage your in-store customers or work-place colleagues with our beautiful furoshiki-wrapping skills, please contact Cathy. We are experienced in in-person and online events, and are keen to adapt to the flow of your event, and to adapt our workshops to the time you have available.
We can offer short drop-in workshops or workshops that last up to two hours, for your festival, corporate event, or shop! We love demonstrating and talking about furoshiki wrapping culture in Japan as well.
We can supply furoshiki wrapping cloths for your event and also our own Zusetsu Furoshiki Handbooks - together these provide the opportunity after the workshop to continue to enjoy furoshiki wrapping :)
We look forward to hearing from you!
Thank you for reading and we hope to see you soon,
Cathy and Yukki
Yukki and Cathy