Source: © PR Times, Inc. Merchandise Based On Illustrator Ponkichi’s Adorable “Shiba Inu” Banknote To Go On Sale 2019-04-26 Fri 2019-04-26 Fri Japan Shiba Bank 1,000 Yen Note As we reported earlier this month, Japanese illustrator, manga creator and furry animal lover Ponkichi posted his idea for an alternative banknote on his Twitter account after he saw the Ministry of Finance's announcement of its new official designs. He imagined a 1,000 JPY banknote issued by the Japan Shiba Bank featuring a cute shiba inu, a paw print seal, and a flying squirrel in one corner: 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 The adorable design was so popular that his tweet exceeded 250,000 likes and was even introduced on the popular TBS television show "Akko ni omakase" (Leave it to Akko). From fiction to reality Bolstered by the design's popularity and surely sensing a commercial opportunity, entertainment product company Space Factory collaborated with Ponkichi to turn the famous Shiba Inu banknote into commercial goods. Expected to go on sale from June, 2019, the goods are part of a lineup which they call "New (Shiba Inu) 1,000 Yen Banknote-Style Merchandise" which includes memo pads, rolls of custom-print tape (masking tape), microfiber face towels and half-fold synthetic leather wallets. © PR Times, Inc. New (Shiba Inu) 1,000 Yen Banknote-Style Merchandise Let's take a look: Memo Pads Printed in full color to faithfully reproduce Ponkichi's banknote design, each memo pad contains 30 sheets, measures 76 mm x 150 mm and will cost 480 JPY (excl. tax). © PR Times, Inc. Masking Tape Each roll of custom-print masking tape is 45 mm wide, will last up to 4 meters and will cost 800 JPY (excl. tax). © PR Times, Inc. Face Towel The soft, microfiber face towel measures 670 mm x 340 mm, and will cost 2,000 JPY (excl. tax) © PR Times, Inc. Wallet The half-fold synthetic leather wallet measures 190 mm x 95 mm and will cost 2,980 JPY (excl. tax) © PR Times, Inc. Reservations To reserve yours, check the official product page here from April 26th. (The link will appear at the bottom of the page when it becomes available, so if you don't see it yet, please check again later) By - Ben K. Source:© PR Times, Inc. Tags: banknote / Illustration / Japanese money / Merchandise / Ponkichi / Shiba Inu grape Japan Goods Merchandise Based On Illustrator Ponkichi’s Adorable “Shiba Inu” Banknote To Go On Sale Related Article A Shiba-Inu So Full Of Love, He Even Wants To Rescue A Trapped Toy In Need Shiba Brothers Form Adorably Motionless Scrum In Front Of The Camera Japanese Couple Have Shiba Inu Ring Bearer at Cutest Wedding Ceremony Ever (Video) Smiling Sakura-Loving Shiba Inu is Making Us Miss Cherry Blossom Season in Japan Already Why This Japanese Mother Stared At Her Smartphone While Her Child Kept Crying Miku The Shiba Inu Is The Fastest Food Catcher In The East, Paws Down!