AKATOKURO

Another matchbox from music cafe, Aka to Kuro.


Fri, 11th Jan — 0 notes

YANO KANSEIDO

Matchbox for a watch/jewelry shop, Yano Kanseido. This family owned store still exists today at the same address written on the matchbox, which is Tenmonkan, Kagoshima.


Wed, 9th Jan — 0 notes

NATIONAL TV

The front of the box reads “Clear image with a full screen focus”.
National is a brand from Matsushita Electronic Works, which is now Panasonic.
The Japanese font used on the front of the box is called Natio-Moji, which was used between 1937 and 1987.


Tue, 8th Jan — 1 note

CANDLE

A matchbox from a club Candle.
I’m sorry for the long break. This would’ve been appropriate for a Christmas season :/


Mon, 7th Jan — 1 note
ANGEL RECORD
I don’t exactly know why they used a picture of Giulietta Masina on a matchbox of a record store, but I know that my grandmother liked her mainly because she kind of looked like her… I’m guessing that the image is from the film La Strada by Federico Fellini.

ANGEL RECORD

I don’t exactly know why they used a picture of Giulietta Masina on a matchbox of a record store, but I know that my grandmother liked her mainly because she kind of looked like her… I’m guessing that the image is from the film La Strada by Federico Fellini.

Sat, 22nd Dec — 0 notes

HAKATA NIKKATSU HOTEL

why can’t hotels have matchbox like this anymore.
Nikkatsu was the oldest major Japanese film studio.


Fri, 21st Dec — 2 notes

Imabashi Fishing Goods Store

Without reading all the advertisements on the box, you can tell that Imabashi is a fishing goods store. What a lovely illustration :)


Thu, 20th Dec — 5 notes

BENIYA

A lovely matchbox from a tea room Beniya.
I love the feel of classical Japanese girly.


Wed, 19th Dec — 5 notes

TON

A matchbox for a Nikka bar, Ton.
Nikka is a Japanese whiskey company that was founded in 1934.
Although the word Nikka is just as an another word for whiskey. Like Kleenex for tissue paper… Ton means pig, hence the illustration of Disney looking pig.


Tue, 18th Dec — 1 note

KINCHO

A matchbox for an Ozashiki cafe/restaurant, Kincho
People usually associate Ozashiki with Geisha, but the word simply means a place where people gather to enjoy food and drinks (mainly alcohol).
The elegant color palette reminds me of colors used in Kimono dresses.


Mon, 17th Dec — 2 notes