I originally came to Japan in 1983 to work on the Fujitsu Pavilion for the 1985 (Showa 60) Tsukuba Expo. Today I got this nice birthday present – a commemorative set of coins from the Japanese mint produced that year for Expo ’85. Cool!
Last week at an antique coin shop I like in Asakusa, I found this Tenpo era coin. The catalogue shows it’s from Tenpo 6 – that’s 1837.
Today there are strong winds, what are called haru ichiban here in Japan. It always happens around the vernal equinox, which is this coming Friday. It truly demarcates the break of winter and the beginning of spring. It’s beautiful outside. Really windy, but beautiful.