MINGEI Susutake Collection

The Beauty of Everyday Things

Mingei focuses on everyday objects produced by average people, as opposed to highly refined works of art produced by professional artists. It can also be understood as a response to Japan's rapid industrialization, as it elevates objects made in large quantity by ordinary people, rather than in a factory. In this way, it can also be perceived as a method of cultural and historical preservation. Every item has its own story from a certain region of Japan, and each one was threatened by obsolescence with the rise of factory production in Japan.

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Mingei - The Beauty of Everyday Things