Found Japanese Booty of the Copper Kind

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Antique Japanese Copper Coin with Embedded Grain of Sand


While combing the beach in Okitsu for broken bits of celadon and bits of pottery with blue glazes I came across a rather odd little circular object.  When I first spied it the disk in the sand I thought it was a washer from one of the fishing boats that dock on both ends of the beach.

I reached over and picked it up, to next think that I had found a modern 5 yen coin that someone had dropped in the water and had tarnished.  Part of the disk was missing, and the hole in the middle was square.  I thought that was a bit odd because modern five yen coins have a round hole, and have the look more off brass rather than copper.

I showed it to some of my mates back at are BBQ area and they said I had found a bit of Japanese treasure.  After doing a little digging around on the internet, I can determine that the coin is at least pre-Meiji era (1868).  it is most likely from Edo era (1603-1868).

I have beach combed in Florida for years always dreaming of finding a little piece of pirate booty, only to travel halfway around the world to find a piece of Japanese treasure.

Bent on 5 Yen in the Morning Light

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Bent on 5 Yen「5円」 in the Morning


There it laid in the rising morning light.  A tiny beauty to behold.  Nothing more than a simple bent 5 yen coin.  Being given a 5 yen coin is suppose to bring the receiver good luck over in the land of the never ending pachinko clatter.

Not sure what it signifies if it has been bent like a business card.

The tarnished had a little of a twinkle in the light.  Enough that it caught my half asleep eyes to notice it on the edge of the pavement.  Just a coin.  Bent money.  A lost fortune.

I will pass on its good luck vibes and let another pass it and slip it into his/her pocket.

Luck will come, wont it?


Hanging on Poles and More

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

Tsudanuma is the place!

A good place to get lost winding thought those backstreets, in and out of the red light district.  Finding what there is to see.

Wander, Seek and ye shall find.  And if you don’t just keep on looking and searching for it.  Sometimes one must totally loose themselves in order to find what you are looking for.

Up Over and Higher

Just a Pole Hanger

Door Weed Fence Grass Wall

Lined Up for Pachinko

The Other Side of C#

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