Inspired by a recent When East Marries West column by Thomas Dillon ("¥500: the most expensive coin in the world, kinda," Nov. 23), The Japan Times asked readers to email or tweet their suggestions of the best ways to use a single ¥500 coin for a chance to win edible prizes from The Meat Guy, Pie Mad Japan and Sweet Jamaican Things. Prize-winners were chosen randomly. Here are some of the entries:

Go to Zeniarai Benten shrine in Kamakura. According to tradition, if coins are washed in this deep pool, they will increase in number.

Use ¥500 coin for entrance charge (¥100) and you'll get a small washing basket, incense and a candle. Get the ¥400 change and wash the coins.