Saturday/ the 10,000 yen note

This 10,000 yen note is worth $125.  I held onto it when I changed my foreign currency at Seattle airport so that I can check it out and decide if I want to add it to my collection of foreign bank notes.   The yen is the third most-traded currency after the US dollar and the Euro, and widely used as a reserve currency.   Maybe I should have gotten more yen when I was in Tokyo! : )

Anyway – that is Fukuzawa Yukichi (Jan 10, 1834 – Feb 3, 1901) on the front (obverse) of the note.  He is regarded as one of the founders of modern Japan due to his ideas about government and social institutions.    I held up the note against a window blind to check out the watermark.     And that bird on the back is not your average farm rooster!  It’s a fenghuang, a mythological bird of East Asia that reigns over all other birds.    The bird is a symbol of high virtue and grace, and now I know where the bird comes from that I found on a lamp post in the Ginza district in Tokyo.

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