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We recently sent our East Asia staff in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and South Korea out with instructions to find their own Found MUJI. This project, entitled My Found MUJI, began in 2012 as a way to bring our staff in on the discussion of what Found MUJI is. In some shops, staff got together to think about everyday items in their lives that could be potential Found MUJI, and in others, they visited the areas where these types of items are produced and met with the people who create them. We brought together all the objects collected by our staff in these parts of East Asia and, viewing them through the MUJI filter, selected the ones that would become part of Found MUJI. In discovering how and where these everyday tools—such a natural part of daily life—are created, we rediscovered the wonder of handcrafting and traditional techniques that are integral to these cultures.
Found MUJI is not a collection of novelty items from faraway countries. These are everyday tools that make up the local landscape and are so familiar to local residents that they are taken for granted. This issue introduces traditional items from these four parts of East Asia with comments from our staff on why they were selected for Found MUJI.