Old Money, New World

Kings, queens, dictator, politicians and historical figures… Faces on banknotes are arguably most visible and seen portraits in the countries that issue them. They represent “money”, the neccesity of life whether we like it or not. They are everywhere. In a way, they dominate our lives. How many of us, however, can remember the face of a banknote ten years after a new design was adopted? Similarly, how quickly we forget the systems, customs and values that dominated our lives for so many years… even when they took the most draconian, inhumane and cruel form!

世の中の至るところで目にし、意識するしないにかかわらず生活の一部だった制度や習慣や価値観。ある意味で生活を支配していたともいえるのに、私たちはすぐ忘れてしまう。例えば。。。

[left] Prince Shōtoku (574-622), a sagacious regent who promoted Buddhism and promulgated a Seventeen-article constitution, was the face of Japanese banknotes, including 10,000 notes, seven times from 1958-84.

〔左〕お札の「顔」に7回もなった聖徳太子。「聖徳太子」=「一万円」が「当たり前」だった時代があったなんて嘘のよう。

[right] Jan van Riebeeck (1619-77), the first commander of the Cape, was the face of South African banknotes from the 1940s until the new series was issued by the post-apartheid government in 1994. Prior to his post in the Cape, van Riebeeck was stationed in Japan.

〔右〕オランダ東インド会社の初代ケープ総督、ヤン・ファンリーベック(1619–77)は南アフリカ白人、特にアフリカーナにとっての建国の父。1940年代から民主選挙による黒人政権誕生まで、全ての南アフリカ紙幣に使われていた。南アフリカの前の赴任地は、長崎の出島。

 

Leave a Comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s