5 yen

Recently, I picked up this charming anime known as ‘Noragami’ (nora=>stray; Kami=>God). It was released early last year but somehow my animedar missed it then.

The story follows the exploits of down-and-out (stray) God Yato, who’s trying to amass enough worshippers (more worshippers = more money) to fulfil his dream of building his own shrine. Meanwhile, he bums around, tries hard to get jobs and being shrine-less (homeless), squats at others’ shrines at night.

the gods get an update too

The gods get an update too – adapting to modern times is a breeze

However, finding work is tough. And each job gets paid only 5 yen. (Somehow, they forgot to account for inflation). And poor Yato couldn’t fill his sake bottle with enough 5 yens coins yet.

here’s some interesting titbits on the 5 yen coin.

my treasure~

Only 3/4 full

5 yen is a small price to pay to have a God grant you a wish. But why 5 yen?

ご縁がありますように – that’s what Japanese say when they pray. It means “I hope to get relations with good people and gods”.

ごえん が、ありますように (Go En Ga Arimasu You Ni) and

ご縁 = ごえん = 五円 (Sounds like 5 yen).

In today’s term, 5 yen will be equivalent to 100,000 yen (almost usd 840).

Yato should review his charges, really.

vision, illusion or xxx

Yato’s pipe dream: vision, illusion or delusion? 

In these days, even the Gods are not spared income disparity.

poor god, rich god

Poor god, rich god (Tenjin, the go-to god for good exam results) 

Word’s out that Season 2 is on the way. I’m looking forward to it.


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