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If any nation has mastered the art of minimalism, it’s Japan.

Now this nation’s uber-successful MUJI chain is opening its first Canadian outpost in Toronto. What started in 1980 as a no-frills supermarket line that included food, clothing and stationary wrapped in clear cellophane has emerged into a powerhouse brand with over 7000 products and 270 worldwide locations (including NYC’s Times Square and London’s Oxford Street). Not too shabby for a company that barely advertises and shirks celebrity endorsements.

Muji design is described as ‘Kanketsu’, the Japanese concept of simplicity that aims to “bring a quiet sense of calm into strenuous everyday lives.” Lucky for us, it’s also a company that likes to keep prices low (sofas are under $400 US). If that isn’t enough to attract fans, they also have a no-waste policy that includes recycling unused materials and using very little packaging.

From understated toilet brushes and Hakuji porcelain tea pots to shrink-wrapped cotton dresses and miniature highlighters, MUJI products are so sleek and compact, they make that Scandinavian retailer we all know and love seem like shabby chic.

If all goes to plan, Canada will see its very own MUJI store open near Toronto’s Eaton Centre by Christmas and two more locations added in 2015.

To that we offer a hearty (but understated) “domo arigato”.

Check out some of the chic products you’ll find at MUJI below.

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