Source: @PonkichiM Shiba Inu Design By Illustrator Ponkichi Is Our Favorite Alternative To Japan’s New Banknote 2019-04-12 Fri 2019-04-12 Fri On April 9th, Japan's Finance Ministry announced new designs for Japan's banknotes with advanced anti-counterfeiting measures. Scheduled to go into circulation in 2024, the banknotes will represent the first redesign in 20 years. Meiji-era businessman Eiichi Shibusawa will be on the 10,000-yen note, Female educator Umeko Tsuda on the 5,000-yen note, and Nobel-nominated bacteriologist Shibasaburo Kitasato on the 1,000-yen note: Japan plans to introduce new 10,000 yen, 5,000 yen and 1,000 yen bills with cutting-edge anti-counterfeiting featureshttps://t.co/UwsRfgWcWY— Kyodo News - English (@kyodo_english) April 9, 2019 Not necessarily as a criticism of the government's proposal and perhaps simply inspired by the occasion, alternative banknote designs began to show up on Twitter, both quick PhotoShop jobs by amateurs and designs by fully-fledged artists and illustrators. Among the latter group is Ponkichi, an accomplished illustrator and occasional manga artist who has contributed artwork to major game franchises, and also happens to have a penchant for cute and furry animals. As you can see, his love of shiba inu shines in this re-imagining of the 1,000 yen note, which already has 246,000 likes and 98,000 retweets at the time of writing: ぽん吉 Ponkichi (@PonkichiM) 新しい紙幣のデザインに柴犬とか あったらというツイートをお見かけしたので描いてみたら とても癒される紙幣に。著名な方を知るきっかけにもなるのですが１枚位お財布の中に ほっこりする紙幣があってもいいかもですね🐕✨ pic.twitter.com/lhnTpjly3z— ぽん吉🌸 (@PonkichiM) April 9, 2019 "I saw a tweet saying it would be nice if there were a shiba inu in the design of the new banknotes. I tried drawing one and it's a banknote which really makes you feel peaceful. [The new banknotes] give us an opportunity to learn about famous people but it might be nice to have just one bill in your wallet that puts your mind at ease." (Those who can read kanji may notice that 日本銀行 Bank of Japan has been replaced with 日本柴銀行 Shiba Bank of Japan) Ponkichi also granted permission to another artist to use his design as a base to imagine a 2,000 yen note (which was absent from the Finance Ministry's announcement) featuring a cat: Although Ponkichi's adorable banknote will never become legal tender, there's no harm in imagining you could use it on your next trip to Japan. To learn more about Ponkichi's art, you can follow him on Twitter or visit his website. Also worth mentioning is his current project, 犬騎士物語 Inu Kishi Monogatari ("Dog Knight Story"), which you can follow at this Twitter moment, and even support on his Pixiv Fanbox page. 犬騎士 黒柴のロシバンhttps://t.co/lK31zzatRa pic.twitter.com/i9INRskTNU— ぽん吉🌸 (@PonkichiM) January 20, 2019 By - Ben K. Source:@PonkichiM Tags: Art / banknote / japanese illustration / japanese illustrator / Manga / Ponkichi / Shiba Inu grape Japan Art Shiba Inu Design By Illustrator Ponkichi Is Our Favorite Alternative To Japan’s New Banknote Related Article A Surreal “Glass Christmas” In The Outskirt Of Tokyo Is A Must Visit! These Shiba Inu Figures Will Help You Through The Hot Summer Months Belly Rub Japanese Scratch And Sniff Stationery That Smells Like Shiba Inu And Cat Tummies Shiba Inu Smartphone Pouches Let You Simulate Rubbing A Doggy Belly On Your Phone Big Chonk Shiba Inu Turns Into Sumo Dog While Answering The Call Of Nature The Model For One Of Japan’s Painting Masters: Nagano’s Mishakaike Pond’s Beauty Will Take Your Breath Away!