I'm reading a children's story called きつつき商売. Here's an excerpt:




I'm assuming リル is some sort of currency, but all of my normal internet searches aren't helping me figure out specifically what it is. What could リル mean in this context?


Yes, it seems to be the currency the woodpecker is selling its sounds for.

It seems other people where wondering the same thing, including native speakers so this is definitely a word made up for the story, and it isn't made very clear in the story either.

See this Q&A where someone asked the same question (and how to read 野ねずみ).


This blogpost also talks about this story, and if you do a quick search for リル on the page you'll find several people in the comments wondering what this currency may actually be, how much it's worth...

  • ♩ is [四分音符]{しぶおんぷ}, not 四分音. (そのブログを書いた人は、漢字を間違ってます)
    – user1016
    Jan 20 '14 at 12:42
  • @Chocolate I guess you're right, I first thought that musically a single quarter note doesn't make much sense, but it's the rate per quarter note and anyway grammatically would be weird so... I removed this unnecessary remark from the answer, thanks :)
    – desseim
    Jan 20 '14 at 17:52

It's just a currency made up for the story. I don't think it has any special meaning.

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