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Currency Redesign

If Japan and Hawaii were one country, this is what their currency would look like.

Both bills feature a traditional Japanese sashiko pattern and a traditional Hawaiian kapa pattern.

 

On the 10,000 yen

 

Mt. Haleakalā and the Silversword

On Mount Haleakalā, you can find the native and extremely rare Silversword plant. Haleakalā translates to “House of the Sun,” which ties back to Japan because Japan is known as the land of the rising sun.

The first WRITTEN poem

The oldest written work in Japanese literature is Kojiki. The first poem documented in both books was attributed to a kami (god), named Susanoo, the younger brother of Amaterasu. When he married Princess Kushinada in Izumo Province, the kami made an uta, or waka, a poem, which is featured on the back of this bill.

The Wedded Rocks

Meoto Iwa, the Wedded Rocks, are two sacred rocks in the ocean near Futami, a small town in Ise City. The larger of the two rocks represents the husband and the smaller one represents the wife. Both rocks are connected by a shimenawa rope which acts as the division between the spiritual and earthly realms.

Amaterasu Shrine

The Ise Grand Shrine, located in the city of Ise, Mie Prefecture of Japan, is a Shinto shrine dedicated to the sun goddess Amaterasu. It is one of Japan’s most important and holiest sites. It is a shrine complex composed of a large number of Shinto shrines centered on two main shrines, Naikū and Gekū. The Inner Shrine, Naikū, is dedicated to the worship of Amaterasu, where she is believed to dwell.

 

On the 5,000 yen

 

Japanese national anthem

“Kimi ga yo” is featured on the back of this bill.

Shinobazu Pond

A section of Shinobazu pond is known to have an abundant amount of lotus in the Summer.

Bentendo temple

The Bentendo temple is in the middle of Shinobazu Pond. The temple is dedicated to Benten, the goddess of good fortune, wealth, music and knowledge.

Lotus

In Buddhist symbolism the lotus is symbolic of purity of the body, speech, and mind as while rooted in the mud, its flowers blossom on long stalks as if floating above the muddy waters of attachment and desire. It also symbolizes the sun, of creation, rebirth, and regeneration.

Kalo

The source of life, according to ancient Hawaiian stories. Hawaiian traditions describe the birth of the islands and the life that exists on them in terms of genealogical accounts. The kalo and lotus are similar because they deal with the creation and recreation of life.