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Your face on a Y10,000 bill

Your face on a Y10,000 bill

By Daniel Nishina

TOKYO —

Whether you’re needing to boost your self-esteem, or you’re just awesome thank you and want some more proof of the fact, you can now get your lovely mug on some snazzy-looking cash. At Otona Ginko (“grown-ups’ bank”), you can order 10,000 yen bills with your portrait printed on them. You send in your picture and it gets converted to the kind of line-based monochrome graphic you see on real currency. (For those living outside of Japan, 10,000 yen is about $85, though realistically speaking you use them like $20 bills here.)

The fake bills are the same size as actual money, printed front and back, and you’re encouraged to flash the wads of your new cash to impress your friends or get new ones. They come in batches of 500 bills or more, starting at 15,000 yen. Otona Ginko provides other gag products to support your self-important image, such as real-looking licenses of your creation, e.g., a license to take naps, a license to use magic, etc.

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