The Journey of a 1000-yen note, A story of Wikimania


EZE Airport of Buenos Aires, Argentina, August 2009
2009年8月 – 阿根廷布宜諾斯艾利斯「皮斯塔里尼部長」國際機場


A group of five just shared a taxi from the downtown, and they try to settle the fare. A Japanese told a guy from Hong Kong, he was running out of peso.



The Hongkonger replied,
“Do you have Yen?
It is more easy to get Hong Kong Dollars from Yen in Hong Kong.
Nobody recognised Peso in Hong Kong, I think.”



So the bill was settled with a 1000-yen note. And the note travelled through DC, then Chicago, and arrived in Hong Kong. It stayed in the Hongkonger’s wallet for several years.




A Ramen Store in Shinjuku, Tokyo, August 2012
2012年8月 – 日本東京新宿某拉麵店


The Hong Kong guy went to Tokyo, as a stop over on his way to Washington DC, for the same event he attended 3 years ago in Argentina.



He realised, his friend had given him 1000 yen that he has not yet spent, so he took the bill along with him. He even took a photo with Instagram shortly before taking off at Hong Kong Airport.



His Japanese friend saw the photo online, and he was “so thrilled to see the journey of money…!”


And the 1000-yen note eventually end up in the vending machine of the Ramen Store in Shinjuku, returning to its “Home country”, after 2 complete trans-pacific journeys.



The event connecting this Yen bill and these two young gentlemen, is Wikimania, the Global Wikipedia Conference. And this year the conference will be in Hong Kong, and I confess the Hong Kong guy is actually myself, and I am taking sort of leading role of this year conference.




We cannot imagine how people can get together in a place for a cause, from all over the world just two decades ago. Besides the meaningful sessions, I am always fascinated about how people react and communicate with each other among the great mix of people during Wikimania.



This little story about a yen note, is the most magical experience about the conference, as well as the Wikimedia movement. So come to join Wikimania Hong Kong, to start your wonderful experience with Wikipedia, and probably this would be the only Wikimania in town during our lifetime. Carpe diem and go register as a Volunteer for the conference!

今年八月,你也可以在香港發現你的1000日圓小故事,結識來自外地的朋友。維基年會每年在不同洲份不同國家舉行,我們無法預計這會議會否重返香港--別錯失良機。Carpe diem--及時行樂,登記做義工,參加盛會!