We won’t accept your money here!

Yesterday I attempted to buy some beer for 450 yen. I handed them a 1000 yen bill (about $10), and they began passing it through the staff in much the same way people back home do when you hand them a $2 bill.

Eventually, after examining the bill, it was returned to me. They explained that the bill was an antique, and that it was probably worth more than the face value. I gave them another, newer, bill which they accepted.

Here is a photo of the bill (top), and its modern version (bottom).

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2 Responses to “We won’t accept your money here!”

  1. lisa Says:

    Hm.. antique bills that the bank gave you? I always found the 500 yen coins to be annoying. Coins in the US are chump change, so you don’t worry about losing one here or there. 500 yen you might be able to buy something… like a coke.

    Sapporo? are you crazy.. it’s winter time. I’m sure it’s pretty there. Try they weird soup places in the train stations, apparently it’s only available in the winter time.

    Also when you’re back in Tokyo, get a Tokyo Banana.. It’s vaguely like a superior twinki.

    -l

  2. ellie Says:

    mike!
    i didn’t get a chance to say “bon voyage”!
    i hope you’re having a great time… keep posting and put up some pics whenever you get the chance, so i can live vicariously through you. i’m so jealous!
    i’m off to SD tonight for thanksgiving — i’ll wave to you from across the ocean.
    hugs,
    ellie

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