Celebrate the festive season with a Japanese twist at Pantechnicon.
Throughout December, see a giant, seasonal ikebana installation and shimekazari New year wreaths on display at Pantechnicon. While London is in Tier 4, Pantechnicon’s Japanese food and beverage outlets – Sachi Yatai and Café Kitsuné – continue to offer a takeaway service. Drop in to pick up a matcha latte and Mont Blanc or matcha croissant; or for sake and gyoza.
Pantechnicon’s retail areas are open for essential items and collection of made in Japan Christmas gifts purchased in advance online.
Find out more below.
Festive Season Installations
For most Japanese, Oshogatsu (New Year), rather than Christmas, is the real end-of-year spiritual celebration. Pantechnicon is collaborating with Japanese florist Matsurika to bring to London shimekazari wreaths to bring good fortune for the coming year. Shimekazari are displayed above the entrance door at homes across Japan from December into January each year. The wreaths include auspicious symbols to welcome the New Year's kami (god) along with prosperity and good luck, while at the same time warding off evil spirits and bad luck. A selection of these Japanese symbols of good fortune are on display at Pantechnicon alongside a large-scale ikebana-inspired installation featuring winterberry, conifer, gold willow, gold magnolia and mistletoe.
Beautiful gifts from Japan
The Pantechnicon team’s favourite finds from Japan and The Nordics are now online. Visit the online store to find the perfect Japan-inspired gifts. The extensive Japanese beauty selection features facial massage crystals, yuzu hand cream, hair treatments and perfumes. To give meals at home a touch of Japan, there is beautiful tableware by Arita 1616, Futagami trivets, chopstick rests and bottle openers, and exclusive signed copies of Japan: the Cookbook by Nancy Singleton-Hachisu. Fill your home with flickering candlelight and discover the ancient art of Japanese candle making with sumac wax and washi paper wicks from nature inspired Takazawa, Japan’s oldest candle makers. For nights in, huddle up together in Norse Projects knitwear with pop colour graphics from Tokyo-based artist Mayumi Yamase and RoToTo winter socks from Nara. For the great outdoors or braving city streets, treat yourself to a Norwegian Rain winter coat, designed in Norway and made with textiles from Japan.
Sakaya specialty Japanese drinks shop
At Sakaya you will find a world-class curation of boutique Japanese whisky, sake, shochu, awamori, umeshu and yuzushu, offering a journey through the liquid flavours of Japan. Also featured is beautiful drinkware from Japan, including whisky and beer glasses and ceramic and metal cups and carafes for sake, shochu and awamori.
Sachi Yatai all day Japanese Kiosk
Newly opened on 17 December, in the mornings from 9am-11am, Sachi Yatai offers sweet and savoury French toast – choose from honeycomb butter & chestnut or egg, bacon & nori. From 11am the menu switches to crispy-winged hanetsuki gyoza with a choice of three flavours – pork & napa cabbage; shrimp & negi or mushroom, black garlic and hijiki. All available to eat outside!
Specially for the festive season, Café Kitsuné a chestnut and mandarin Mont Blanc and a yuzu and honey hot toddy. Though Mont Blanc may have originated from France, it is now arguably even more popular in Japan, where you’ll even find cafes that serve nothing but this chestnut dessert.
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Tier 4 opening hours:
The Edit: 10am–6pm (Sunday Hours) Essential products only
Sakaya: 10am–6pm (Sunday Hours)
Café Kitsune: 9am–6pm
Sachi Yatai: 9am–9pm
Yule Stand: 12pm–9pm