Diet Building 10 Yen (A-10 Yen-note) : Japanese modern note

Japanese modern note > Diet Building 10 Yen
Face value : 10 Yen
Design : The Diet Building (left side) and Chinese phoenix (right side)
Issue : February, 1946 (Showa era, year 21), This note is still valid.
Size : 76mm X 140mm
The National Diet Building (Kokkai-gijido) is the place in which both the houses of the Diet of Japan are held. It is located in 1-chome, Nagatacho, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo.
Sessions of the House of Representatives take place in the left side and sessions of the House of Councillors in the right side. The construction of the building began in 1920 and completed in 1936.
 
Fenghuang (Japanese: hoo) are a species of mythological Chinese birds that reign over all other birds. The males are called feng and the females huang. In modern times, however, such a distinction of gender is often no longer made and the feng and huang are blurred into a single feminine entity so that the bird can be paired with the Chinese dragon, which has male connotations. The fenghuang is also called the August Rooster. In the West, it is commonly referred to as the Chinese phoenix.
The fenghuang has very positive connotations. It is a symbol of high virtue and grace. The fenghuang also symbolizes the union of yin and yang. It appears in peaceful and prosperous times but hides when trouble is near.
The fenghuang is said to be made up of the beak of a cock, the face of a swallow, the forehead of a fowl, the neck of a snake, the breast of a goose, the back of a tortoise, the hindquarters of a stag and the tail of a fish. Its body symbolizes the six celestial bodies. The head is the sky, the eyes are the sun, the back is the moon, the wings are the wind, the feet are the earth, and the tail is the planets. Its feathers contain the five fundamental colors: black, white, red, green, and yellow.


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