Japanese occupation of Singapore - old man and his grandson picking up rice grains that had fallen onto the road. Every grain was precious. (http://www.cofepow.org.uk/pages/asia_singapore_rise_and_fall.htm)
The occupation of Singapore by the Japanese was like a long nightmare that lasted for three and a half years. During this period known as the Japanese Occupation, the people suffered and lived in constant fear of the Japanese. (http://library.thinkquest.org/10414/japan.html)
Issued by the Japanese during their occupation of Malaya between 1942 and 1944. The front of this rare note features a tree bearing fruit, with the obverse featuring a depiction of a ship on the horizon. Banana money is an informal term given to a type of currency issued by Imperial Japan during the Japanese occupation of Singapore, Malaya, North Borneo and Sarawak and Brunei, and was named as such because of the motifs of banana trees on 10 dollar banknotes.