There’s a wacky trick that Japanese sometimes do with money: fold a 1000 yen bill so that Hideyo Noguchi, the medical researcher who helped fight yellow fever in South America and Africa, makes a sad or happy face depending on which way you look at the bill. I’ll teach you how it’s done so you can amaze your friends with this great trick. First, take a bill and make an outward fold where the eyes are. Make an inward fold through the middle of the face, so that the eyes are higher than the nose (like little mountains). If you look at the bill from above, the face will look sad; from below, and it’ll look happy. Virtually all Japanese known this silly trick, and would be surprised if any gaijin knew it. It works with any money, too, so you can have some fun with George Washington or whoever you’ve got in your wallet right now.
This has no official name by the way, so I recommend we all call it Baka Kane Ori, or Stupid Money Folding.
Amuse your friends with this bizarre money folding gag.