People Love These Pet Banknotes So Much, They Got Their Own Merchandise

Published 5 years ago

Most of our readers will agree that cats are great – they’re fluffy, playful and all-around adorable. And apparently one Japanese illustrator loves them so much, he even decided they should be on the country’s national currency!

Earlier this year, Japan’s Ministry of Finance announced new designs of the yen bill that will go into circulation in 2024. Japanese artist Bokoyai decided to redesign the bills to feature cats instead of people and the updated designs look simply adorable.

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Japanese artist Bokoyai has redesigned the yen bill to feature cats instead of humans and they’re too adorable

Bokoyai was inspired by another Japanese artist, Ponkichi, who designed a ¥1,000 bill featuring a Shiba Inu just a few days after the new bills were announced.

Bokoyai redesigned the ¥200 and ¥2,000 bills and they go perfectly with the ¥500 and ¥1000 bills designed by Ponkichi.

Bokoyai was inspired by fellow Japanese artist Ponkichi who had created similar bills featuring Shiba Inu’s

The ¥1,000 bill features a Shiba Inu while the ¥500 one features puppies of the smaller Mame Shiba Inu breed. Also, check out the watermark featuring a surprised Pomeranian!

Here’s how the Japanese currency looks like now

The last time Japanese banknote designs were updated was back in 2004. The bills will be updated with new designs in 2024.

People love the animal banknotes so much, they even got their own line of merch

You can purchase stickers, wallets, keychains and more adorable merch here.

Think about how much snacks and wet food all these bills could buy!

Just imagine the smile on your face each time you open your wallet and see a bunch of adorable tabby cats staring back at you!

What would you do with all of this adorable kitten currency?

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One day, this guy just kind of figured - "I spend most of my time on the internet anyway, why not turn it into a profession?" - and he did! Now he not only gets to browse the latest cat videos and fresh memes every day but also shares them with people all over the world, making sure they stay up to date with everything that's trending on the web. Some things that always pique his interest are old technologies, literature and all sorts of odd vintage goodness. So if you find something that's too bizarre not to share, make sure to hit him up!

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