"Mingei?" What is that?

“Mingei”,  is a Japanese term that is constantly asked of me. What does that mean? What is that? To me the simple meaning is, things people make and use everyday in their daily lives. These objects were not just for decoration purposes, they have function and purpose, like a basket made just for flower decoration, or carrying produce or even washing dishes. What is so wonderful is that the Japanese make, create and construct these pieces lovingly, perfectly and beautifully, notwithstanding that it's only for them to use, or maybe because it IS for them to use. Whatever the reason, these objects are well cared for, looked after and really used, which makes them - to me and to those who also love and collect these pieces - even more so desirable.


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