japanese matchbox labels- kaiju edition

Everybody loves those Japanese matchbox labels, which are great examples of traditional printmaking on an ultra small scale.  This one is a real technical tour de force. I see three colors, plus the black key line: red, yellow and pale blue, with the pinkish color of the paper serving as the flesh tone.  (The green is almost certainly the transparent pale blue layered on top of the yellow).  The registration is almost perfect, and the little errors only add to its charm.matchbox label-mothrasislandThe kaiju connection may be harder to follow, but the minute I saw this particular label, I was sure these two ladies are the famous Twin Fairies from Mothra’s Island.  Moths are drawn to flames, right?  It’s a natural choice of sponsorship.

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