As in other countries, Japan also renews the design of its money “once in a while”. Notes become tattered, dirty, so there is a need to renew them, and from time to time, a new design appears. They say that the average “life expectancy” of 1000 yen and 5000 yen notes is 1~2 years, and the 10 000 yen notes last for about 3~4 years.
The following 1000 yen note is the previously used design. Which was renewed in 2004 (renewal after 20 years).
A certain day, an ATM just decided to give me one of these! I guess it is kinda rare now, but it’s still only worth 1000 yen xD The person in it is Natsume Souseki (夏目漱石), one of the most famous Japanese novelists from Meiji period (1868-1912). One of his most famous works is “I am a Cat” (吾輩は猫である).
The notes that become unusable are then collected by the Bank of Japan (日本銀行) in a quantity of “garbage” that reaches 3000 tons every year! This amount is then recycled, transformed into fuel, etc.
Pretty interesting eh?