The yen is the official currency of Japan. The official currency symbol: ¥. The currency’s name is derived from a Japanese word that means “round.”
The currency was officially established in 1871 and replaced the Tokugawa currency (a 1601 monetary system). Two years later, the first banknotes were issued in denominations from 10 to 10,000 yen. Several agencies, such as the Ministry of Finance and the Imperial Japanese National Bank, issued yen banknotes before and during World War II. Shortly after the war, the Allies also published several notes. Since then, the Bank of Japan has been the exclusive banknote issuing authority. The entity has published five series after the Second World War. In 2004, the current series was issued, consisting of banknotes in denominations of ¥ 1000, ¥ 5000 and ¥ 10,000.
The 2000 Japanese yen note front design features a view of Shureimon, a gate in the Shuri neighborhood of Naha, the capital of Okinawa Prefecture. It is the second of Shuri Castle’s main gates.
The reverse of the note illustrates a scene from the Tale of Genji (classic work of Japanese literature written in the early 11th century) and the portrait of its author, Murasaki Shikibu (973 or 978 – c. 1014 or 1031), also known as Lady Murasaki, was a Japanese novelist, poet and lady-in-waiting at the Imperial court in the Heian period. The lettering of the note is presented in the Japanese language. This note is part of the 2000 series, and its color is slate, green and brown on a multicolor underprint.
Text: 2000,SA 815862 T,日本銀行券, 貳千円, 日本銀行, 大蔵省印刷局製造, NIPPON GINKO,2000,いるいのつあたに十す,とにとけるまま宮五ゞ, しれなはときひお夜む , げいみひてみつはのし, くのにななたゝしゆ, わいとらち念てふ, そきす二殊は, 2000き,2000 YEN,紫式部.