‘Doge’ Dog ‘Bankote’ Concept Art Released in Japan


A beautiful Shiba Inu money range that has been released in Japan has the internet talking about the tender tender.

One vastly popular meme which has enjoyed recrudescent fame has been ‘Doge.’

Originally propelled to meme superstardom in 2013, the intently glaring Shiba Inu became an instant hit, christened the deliberately misspelled ‘Doge.’

Doge, in real life, is an elderly female Shiba Inu by the name Kabosu.

Around 2016, Doge’s e-fame began to wane; however, a few years later, Doge’s fame peaked again when the funny yellow dog assumed a no-holds-barred political nature–often portrayed in right-wing scenarios or with rightist narratives.

The immensely popular meme, which still commands a large internet subculture on social media, has probably contributed to the increasing popularity of the Shiba Inu breed.

The Shiba Inu is a notoriously difficult dog to train–willful, obstinate, independent; the Shiba Inu isn’t for the fainthearted.

But one thing is for sure: the Japanese pup is superlatively adorable, and its whimsical character makes for endless funny clips.

Asian blog Sora News 24 reported on cute artwork containing the lovable hound on fake banknotes:

Unlike the currency of many other countries, you won’t find a lot of politicians or members of past or present monarchies on Japan’s yen. Generally speaking, Japanese banknotes salute individuals who have played a significant role in Japan’s cultural, scientific, or economic spheres.

But what if there were yen bills honoring contributions to another field that’s highly respected in Japanese society: cuteness? That was the idea behind the adorable 500 and 1,000-yen bill Shiba Inu concept designs from artist Ponkichi, and since winning the Internet’s heart with the last fall, he’s now created a new dog-design with an 800-yen Shiba bill.

The article has been posted on several pages and groups on social media–a testament to the internet’s admiration for the brushwood dog.

Sora News 24 continues:

The 800-yen design shows what looks to be a parent and child lovingly looking at each other before turning to gaze together at the majestic slopes of Mt. Fuji, with what appears to be a stylized rising sun with a pseudo-watermark image of yet another Shiba pup inside it.

Since it’s not legal tender, the 800-yen Shiba bill isn’t being issued by the bank of Japan. Online store FurBaby Space Factory is offering it on a zippered wallet in which you can keep actual yen, however, or whatever cards and currency you use in your part of the world.

A wide range of products containing the canine’s artwork from key chains to wallets are available to Shibaholics.

Sora News 24 added:

In addition to the synthetic leather wallet and key chain above, the pink 500-yen Shiba design is also offered online here as a train pass case and zippered coin purse, with their prices ranging from 814 to 3,476 yen.