[THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED]
Exactly a week ago, I had the pleasure of attending an intimate Open House at the MUJI Canada HQ in Toronto. Imagine my excitement to get a behind-the-scenes look at where the busy bees make MUJI happen! And how timely, since I’d just visited MUJI in Japan, the mothership! 😀
The Open House was focused on introducing us to the MUJI to GO concept, which is all about travel essentials. Myself, along with 4 other Toronto bloggers and YouTubers, were given a hands-on demonstration of the MUJI to GO products.
Before the demo though, we had an interactive session with MUJI Canada President, Toru Akita. He embodies the MUJI brand. If you hadn’t known he was the President, you’d think he was part of the product development team – his passion for MUJI products is apparent. We were asked to bring an item that we always take when we go travelling. Mr. Akita, being a frequent traveller who prides himself on packing lightly, showed us his item: a small leather folio with room to hold his passport, a slim notebook, and some business cards – all secured by a pen in slot mechanism. Sadly, MUJI no longer sells this model, your best option is the Passport Case. For my item, I showed my BAGGU bag, which I dutifully carry with me on every trip so I can carry all of my haulage securely. 😉
Then it was onto the product demonstration. The philosophy behind MUJI to GO is simple: the products are compact, comfortable, and useful. The first item shown was the Neck Cushion, which feature a removable (washable!) cover made of soft cotton jersey material. Fun fact: each neck rolls contains 5 million microbeads (give or take a few 😛 ) for a mouldable, almost memory foam-like, feel. Another neat feature is that the cushion has a clasp that can be closed to secure around the neck, or left undone and used as a regular pillow. Side note, I sat on MUJI’s Body Fit Cushion during the interactive session and I could not get over how comfortable it was! It uses the same microbeads as the neck pillow – I’ve sat on many bean bag chairs in my life and truly, theirs had the best mix of malleability and support. Apparently, a Body Fit Cushion contains 100 million microbeads (give or take a few!).
Next was a demo of the Valise Hard Carry Travel Suitcase, which is available in 3 sizes (33L, 60L, and 85L), and 4 colours (black, navy, beige and red). This case features a wheel locking mechanism (to prevent accidental rolling), and a built-in security lock (I love this feature! Another question that was asked at the session was what travelling mishaps we’ve encountered – mine was when I lost my beloved TUMI combination lock… I think some airport security personnel must have opened my suitcase and failed to re-attach my lock. Having the built-in lock means this would never happen!).
What I also appreciate about this case is how lightweight it is – the exterior is a semi-hard material, providing protection from rough handling, but also allows some flex.
The rest of the MUJI to GO range include travel bottles, foldable lightweight backpack, zippered garment bags, eye mask, slippers, portable washing board and clothespins for in-hotel room laundering (how sugoi!!!), travel size skincare, and shrink wrapped towel / t-shirt and dress (I’ll write more about these in another post! 😉 )
Amazingly, MUJI Canada gave each of the Open House participants a carry-on suitcase with a neck roll:
Plus, contained inside the suitcase were a variety of MUJI to GO products:
• Assortment of refillable travel bottles andlabels inside clear pouch
• Foldable Garment Bags in M and L sizes
• Eye sleep mask
• Aluminum Bag Hanger (purse hook)
• Portable Garment Cleaner (lint roller)
Thank you very much, MUJI Canada, for the opportunity to learn about the MUJI to GO concept and the chance to use these products! They will certainly come in handy when I go on our Mediterranean cruise later this year! 🙂
And since MUJI Canada was so generous to me, I’ve decided to pay it forward to you! I went to MUJI this weekend and picked up some MUJI to GO items just for YOU.
Here’s what I’m giving away:
• Eye Mask
• Cotton buds with ear pick
• Passport Notebook in red
• Smooth Ballpoint Pen in black
• Aluminum Bag Hanger (purse hook)
• PP Refill Tool Set (contains a funnel, dropper and spatula)
• Travel eyelash curler (mine went to Japan with me!)
• Cleansing Sheets
• PET Cylinder Spray Bottle
• PP Pill & Tablet Case
• Facial Blotting Paper
• Oil Cleansing for Sensitive Skin – travel size 50ml (my favourite!)
To enter, do this:
• Follow me on WordPress or via email
• Like this post and leave a comment below to answer either (or both) of these same questions that MUJI asked us:
1) What item do you always carry with you when you travel?
2) Have you had any travelling mishaps? Story time!
Do this too, if you like:
• Open until midnight Sunday, July 10, 2016 (EST)
• Open internationally
• Must be over 18 years old
• One winner will be chosen
• Winner will be announced on Monday, July 11, 2016
This post contains products which were provided to me by MUJI Canada free of charge. I wrote this entry out of my own freewill because I love MUJI products! This giveaway is not sponsored by MUJI – I bought the items because I think you guys are swell. 😉 Good luck! ❤