Fondling some Yen

I don’t know about you but I think there’s something thrilling about using the currency of a new and foreign country.

A different light

Unfamiliar money brings freshness and an extra dimension of ‘cool’ to purchasing goods and figuring out how to use things like public transport and vending machines.

That’s why we were excited when Monique received some cash-monay for her birthday that had already been converted into Yen! This is what $10 looks like in Yen:

1000 yen note


Pretty cool huh?

I can’t wait to see the rest of the currency, particularly the coins!

Five interesting facts about the Yen

  1. The name of the currency is pronounced ‘En’ in Japan but is pronounced ‘Yen’ internationally.
  2. There is a different symbol for the Yen depending on whether it is being referenced locally or internationally. The local symbol is: 円 while the international sign is: ¥.
  3. It is the third most traded currency on the foreign exchange market.
  4. The largest denomination of Yen is a 10,000 note which is equivalent to a $100 bill.
  5. The Yen was introduced and adopted during the Meiji Era in 1871. Before this Japan used Tokugawa coinage which was a complex monetary system used in the Edo period based on the Mon.

Not long now (ten days!) until things as simple as buying a bottle of water or getting a snack from a vending machine are deliciously new and interesting again!

Until next time,

Kally & Mon.

So what’s your take on this? Foreign currency: fun or frustrating? Leave a comment let us know!

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