Monday, September 26, 2005

10,000 Yen In The Mail Today

When GSully came to visit me in my home office today, she brought me a letter from Japan. Inside the letter was a good luck note and a 10,000 Yen note from a colleague in Japan, a donation to the Stride Against Stroke campaign. Checking accounts are uncommon in Japan where savings rates are very high and most bills are paid by EFT.

This is the first time that I have had a yen note in my posession. Three observations on the 10,000 yen note.

1. The 10,000 Yen note is Japan's highest denomination and is from a new set of currency released on November 1, 2004. It includes a number of interesting security features, including a watermark portrait that can only be viewed when the bill is held up to the light.
2. The letter was mailed on September 21 and arrived today, traveling more than 6,600 miles in less than a week.
3. The bill pictures Fukuzawa Yukichi, a 19th century educator.

Thank you for this very cool donation.

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