新しい紙幣のデザインに柴犬とか あったらというツイートをお見かけしたので描いてみたら とても癒される紙幣に。— ぽん吉🌸 (@PonkichiM) April 9, 2019
著名な方を知るきっかけにもなるのですが１枚位お財布の中に ほっこりする紙幣があってもいいかもですね🐕✨ pic.twitter.com/lhnTpjly3z
The redesign prompted Japanese illustrator and manga artist Ponkichi to come up with an alternative banknote of his own, featuring a widely beloved Japanese icon: the Shiba Inu.
Ponkichi’s ¥1,000 (US$9.31) note design became so popular it got its own range of merchandise, and now the artist is back with another cute currency, this time with a ¥500 creation.
柴犬の紙幣があったらという事で柴犬紙幣に続き新たに豆柴紙幣を描きました。— ぽん吉🌸 (@PonkichiM) October 2, 2019
毎日の お買い物で少しホッコリする紙幣があれば心癒されますね🐕✨ pic.twitter.com/xuqF4NfQ3h
Japan doesn’t actually have a ¥500 note, as the country’s banknotes start at ¥1,000. However, if we were to switch from today’s ¥500 coin to a ¥500 note, Ponkichi’s design would be hard to beat, with not one, but five Mame Shiba Inu pups gracing its surface.
Once again, Ponkichi’s doge yen idea has gone viral, and now it’s been given its own merchandise line too, featuring everything from stationery to towels and even a wallet and smartphone case. Let’s take a look at the range below.
There’s the Mame Shiba Banknote Full Colour Memo Notepad for ¥528.
The Wan Wan (woof woof) Set Ticket Case (in Mame Shiba and Shiba Inu designs) for ¥770.
The Mame Shiba Banknote Synthetic Leather Keyholder for ¥770.
The Mame Shiba Banknote Pass Case for ¥1,595.
The Mame Shiba Banknote Change Purse for ¥1,870.
The Mame Shiba Banknote Face Towel for ¥2,200.
The Mame Shiba Banknote Wallet for ¥3,278.
And the Mame Shiba Banknote Smartphone Case (in medium/large size) for ¥3,520.
The new Mame Shiba Banknote merchandise can be purchased from the FurBaby Space Factory online store, and is also available from other online shopping sites like Amazon Japan.
We’d love to see these banknotes turned into real currency in the future, not only because they’re so adorable, but because we really want to buy a sweet potato from this Shiba Inu by handing him a note with his face on it!
Source, Images: FurBaby
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