Woolong 01

The Woolong (symbol: ₩) is the standard unit of currency in the Cowboy Bebop universe. Woolongs are rarely traded in physical form, such as in banknotes and coins; it seems that the 2071 economy is based on digital cash.


The Woolong appears to be roughly at parity with the mid-1990s Japanese Yen, or slightly inflated. The latter might not be the case if we consider that the probable increased cost of consumer goods in a space-faring society. For instance, a watermelon in "Mushroom Samba" was ₩1000. Whereas in "My Funny Valentine", we see debts such as ₩30M for a house, and ₩7000 for pizza. In "Stray Dog Strut", the pet shop worker said that Ein could probably sell for only ₩200, since the Welsh Corgi is a common species.

If we assume the Woolong is at parity with the 1998 Japanese Yen, then conversion may be performed rather easily. A good rule of thumb would be to assume ₩1 is worth about 1¢ US, ½p, or a little less than €0.01.


  • presents Ethereum as the real-world Woolong. It previously featured Bitcoin as playing this role, and made the switch to Ethereum in December 2016.