The Mikado


Created for Imaginary Menagerie – an exhibition of ‘typographic explorations of tongue twisters and unpronounceable phrases’ – this print is based on Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado, a comic opera set in Japan. It is taken from a song contemplating the sensation of a ‘short, sharp shock’ (caused by being beheaded).

The typesetting references the Japanese writing system by reading from top to bottom and the offset overprinted colours have a likeness to Tokyo’s famous neon lights, like those found in Yasukuni Dori, Shinjuku. This print was originally exhibited as part of the Bloomsbury Festival and the Typo London conference.

Printed on Arches Cover White 270gsm
Edition of 20. Size: 560mm x 760 mm


All prints are numbered and blind-embossed with a NNP stamp. Every print is inked by hand and so may vary in appearance from these images.