Who would have thought that some round coloured sticky labels could be so complicated? Evidently the Japanese do.

My JPY 300 pack of sticky labels has detailed, bilingual instructions for use and storage on the back of the pack, including such helpful tips as:

  • When applying label to uneven or curved surface, press it firmly.

Fairly uncontroversial stuff. But what about this:

  • Do not give pressure to label by placing heavy things on them.

No idea what they mean there. Ah, the complicated world of self-adhesive paper.