Definition of mingei in English:

mingei

Pronunciation /ˈmɪŋɡeɪ/

noun

  • Japanese folk art; traditional Japanese handicraft, especially as represented by functional everyday objects.

Origin

1950s; earliest use found in Monumenta Nipponica. From Japanese mingei from min- people + -gei arts and crafts (both from Middle Chinese), probably as a shortening of a longer phrase.