Re-opened Muji Flagship Store in Tokyo sells Vegetables, Bread, and Houses
An expanded Muji Flagship Store has re-opened in the Yurakucho neighborhood, in Tokyo, Japan. The store, owned by Japanese retail company Muji, sells all you would expect to find in a store from “basic life needs”, like vegetables, fruits, spices, snacks, fresh bread, coffee, and clothing, but that’s not all. The global store takes survival goods one step further by selling shelters as well.
On its first floor, the new Muji store displays the company’s lately released “Muji Hut”, a wooden cabin with an area of less than 10 square meters. The compacted hut can fit up to four people, comfortably seated, and it has an additional 3.1-square-meter porch. Inspired by traditional Japanese shipbuilding, the tiny house is clad in burnt Cedar wood for extra strength, a longer life span, and better fire resistance. It is built on a typical raft foundation for further stability and protection against moisture.
Small as it is, the house still maintains a well-lit interior via the glass sliding doors and the window on the opposite side. The walls are clad in Japanese cypress plywood from the inside, and the floor is covered in plain mortar, so the owners can style the interior to fit their own taste. The Muji Hut is meant to be used as a retreat for city dwellers, more than a permanent habitat. One unit is sold for ¥ 3,000,000, about $27,000.
“It’s not as dramatic as owning a house or a vacation home, but it’s not as basic as going on a trip,” says Muji of their hut. “Put it in the mountains, near the ocean, or in a garden, and it immediately blends in with the surroundings, inviting you to a whole new life.”