I love MUJI

My good friend and former colleague, San and her hubby are going to Japan next week. So she asked me if I would recommend any stores or boutiques that sell clothes and accessories which are designed or made in Japan. I told her there are lots of interesting Japanese stores but there is nothing like MUJI.

The idea behind the brand is to eliminate wastefulness and their concept is simple — a fresh look at quality and price of truly useful quality goods with a no-label philosophy. I really love their minimalist approach in everything they make.


This is one of the more affordable stores that we kept going back to as they have multiple locations particularly in Tokyo and Kyoto.

They also have stores in other countries so every time we visit a country, we always try to find one since we collect their “City in a Bag” collectibles.


These are simple wooden blocks that depict famous landmarks or iconic symbols in popular cities like Paris, London and New York. Try guessing what cities are these sets.






Aside from these collectibles, I also purchased a few other items from our travels like this nice wool coat that fits me well, a bright orange belt, a simple board game and even some school items.





MUJI is a brand that practically carries a little bit of everything — from simple stationary and beautiful appliances to delicious food and stylish clothing. They even sell prefabricated houses that are beautiful, modern and simple. Seriously! Their house prices start around US $200,000.





While I did say they have several locations in other countries, unfortunately they do not have any in Canada. Also, the only six stores they have in US are all located in New York.

I wonder if there are any seat sales to the Big Apple?

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  1. Judy
    Posted May 1, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    I remember that the MOMA gift shops stock Muji in NYC, don’t they? My friend is on NYC right now, I’m so envious!

    • Ernskie
      Posted May 2, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

      They probably do although I don’t remember seeing any of the Muji items there when we were in MOMA. I really want to go to NYC again!

  2. Rebecca
    Posted May 3, 2010 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    I want the house I want the house! Okay and everything else!

    • Ernskie
      Posted May 3, 2010 at 11:51 am | Permalink

      I know eh. I love their houses too especially the exposed beams! If only they’ll ship them Canada and comes with a step-by-step instructions (a la Ikea).

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