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Is This A 50,000 Yen Clock?

Time Is Money is a clock made of money, Japanese yen to be precise. There might be 50,000 yen in one of these four-inch clocks, about $550! But the clock only costs $40US.

Time is Money is made up of approximately 50 Japanese bills, in denominations of 1,000, 2,000, 5,000 and 10,000. Yen come in different colors, so each clock will have a different hue... more green, or yellow, or blue.

Would you take your money and shred it up to make a clock?

Well, with the environment in mind, no doubt, some enterprising entrepreneur got his hands on recycled Japanese currency and, together with a bit of resin, put the money to good use! (What happens to recycled money in other countries?)

That's not all. There's also Yen and Now, aka the Daruma Recycled Bank, made of 80 recycled bills. So at $40, your getting an even better deal on this bank. Daruma or Dharma dolls are popular wish dolls named after the founder of Zen Buddhism, Bodhidharma.

The Durama doll on the bank has white eyes. As the Japanese custom goes, when you make a wish (you can do that when you deposit your own money in the Daruma Bank), you color the right eye. And when the wish comes true, you can fill in the left eye.

That's a neat custom, don't you think?

But what if the wish doesn't come true? Do you keep making deposits and blacken the eye more each time? Do you erase the right eye and start with a new wish? Do you...