If you are planning a trip to Japan you are sure to find lots of fabulous souvenirs to bring home with you, but don’t forget to leave space for a few yen. A friend recently visited Japan and very kindly gave me some yen on her return. You may think that was an interesting gift, but not much use to me in London. Well, think again! The number of coins she gave me was very specific because it was 14 and they added up to 50g, which is the weight I like to use for kumihimo. What a brilliant idea and what a thoughtful gift. I tied them together with ribbon and attached a clip and it is now my favourite weight. The coins form a neat little bundle and the weight could be adjusted, if required.