This week we are looking at a beautiful note from Japan. Japan is an island country found in the Pacific Ocean with over 126 million people. The currency used there is the Japanese Yen, and for this blog-ette we are focusing on the 100 Yen p90b 1953 note. The front of this note has Japanese text and shows Itagaki Taisuke. The back of the note is in English text and depicts the Diet (Parliament) building in Tokyo.
Itagaki Taisuke was born in 1837 to a middle-ranking Samurai family. Taisuke became a military commander during his service to his feudal lord. He took part of the Meiji Restoration in 1868 which gave national authority back to the emperor, and made him a powerful leader and an official in the government. Taisuke, off-and-on maintained a position in the government for a number of years before he created Japan’s first political party, the Jiyūtō. The Jiyūtō wanted a parliamentary government with the people having a say in their government’s actions, and social reform.
In 1890, Japan saw the beginnings of a parliamentary government, thanks in part to Itagaki Taisuke. The parliamentary government is known as The National Diet, and for many years they would meet in temporary structures. It wasn’t until 1920 that The National Diet Building started being built. The building took 16 years to construct, but was finally completed in 1936. This impressive, 3 story building is located in Chiyoda, Tokyo; and is still the current home for the Diet.
The 100 Yen note has intricate designs and is mostly dark green and brown in color. Additionally, it shows Japan’s first political party leader and the Parliament building located in Tokyo. This note is our current featured note and is offered at a discounted price for a limited time.
Denomination: 100 Yen
Pick #: 90b
Coloration: Dark Brown/Green
Depictions: Portrait Hagaki Taisuke; Diet Building
Note Size: 6″ x 3″
Continent: Asia and the Middle East
Watermark: None Discernible