Confessions of a Yakuza

Author: Dr. Junichi Saga

Publisher: Vertical Inc

ISBN: 1568365047

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

View: 4894


This is the true story, as told to the doctor who looked after him just before he died, of the life of one of the last traditional yakuza in Japan. It wasn’t a "good" life, in either sense of the word, but it was an adventurous one; and the tale he has to tell presents an honest and oddly attractive picture of an insider in that separate, unofficial world. In his low, hoarse voice, he describes the random events that led the son of a prosperous country shopkeeper to become a member, and ultimately the leader, of a gang organizing illegal dice games in Tokyo's liveliest entertainment area. He talks about his first police raid, and the brutal interrogation and imprisonment that followed it. He remembers his first love affair, and the girl he ran away with, and the weeks they spent wandering about the countryside together. Briefly, and matter-of-factly, he describes how he cut off the little finger of his left hand as a ritual gesture of apology. He explains how the games were run and the profits spent; why the ties between members of "the brotherhood" were so important; and how he came to kill a man who worked for him. What emerges is a contradictory personality: tough but not unsentimental; stubborn yet willing to take life more or less as it comes; impulsive but careful to observe the rules of the business he had joined. And in the end, when his tale is finished, you feel you would probably have liked him if you'd met him in person. Fortunately, Dr. Saga's record of his long conversations with him provides a wonderful substitute for that meeting.

Confessions of a Yakuza

Author: Junichi Saga

Publisher: Kodansha International

ISBN: 9784770019486

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 253

View: 9043


Read the tale of murder and unexpected compassion which influenced Bobylan's 2001 song "Floater", this is a true-life saga of one of the lastraditional gang bosses in Japan.

A History of Japan

Author: Conrad Totman

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119022355

Category: History

Page: 720

View: 9397


This is an updated edition of Conrad Totman’s authoritativehistory of Japan from c.8000 BC to the present day. The first edition was widely praised for combiningsophistication and accessibility. Covers a wide range of subjects, including geology, climate,agriculture, government and politics, culture, literature, media,foreign relations, imperialism, and industrialism. Updated to include an epilogue on Japan today andtomorrow. Now includes more on women in history and more on internationalrelations. Bibliographical listings have been updated and enlarged.

Social Epidemiology

Author: Lisa F. Berkman,Ichirō Kawachi,M. Maria Glymour

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199395330

Category: Medical

Page: 615

View: 4220


"Eleven fully updated chapters include entries on the links between health and discrimination, income inequality, social networks and emotion, while four all-new chapters examine the role of policies in shaping health, including how to translate evidence into action with multi-level interventions."

Rough Guide to Japan (Travel Guide eBook)

Author: Rough Guides

Publisher: Apa Publications (UK) Limited

ISBN: 1789196655

Category: Travel

Page: N.A

View: 9006


The Rough Guide to Japan Make the most of your time on Earth with the ultimate travel guides. World-renowned 'tell it like it is' travel guide. Get Olympic ready with this practical 'tell it like it is' guidebook to Japan. Featuring extensive listings and maps, this is packed with information to help travellers make the most of their Tokyo 2020 Olympic adventure. Discover Japan with this comprehensive and entertaining travel guide, packed with practical information and honest recommendations by our independent experts. Whether you plan to make the tough but rewarding hike up Mount Fuji, wander through neon-drenched Tokyo or take a tour around the numerous sake breweries, The Rough Guide to Japan will help you discover the best places to explore, eat, drink, shop and sleep along the way. Features of this travel guide to Japan: - Detailed regional coverage: provides practical information for every kind of trip, from off-the-beaten-track adventures to chilled-out breaks in popular tourist areas - Honest and independent reviews: written with Rough Guides' trademark blend of humour, honesty and expertise, our writers will help you make the most from your trip to Japan - Meticulous mapping: practical full-colour maps, with clearly numbered, colour-coded keys. Find your way around Osaka, Fukuoka and many more locations without needing to get online - Fabulous full-colour photography: features inspirational colour photography, including the tranquil, moss-covered temples of Kyoto and an abundance of delicious sushi that will leave you salivating. - Time-saving itineraries: carefully planned routes will help inspire and inform your on-the-road experiences - Things not to miss: Rough Guides' rundown of Naoshima, Yakushima, Hiroshima and Nikko's best sights and top experiences - Travel tips and info: packed with essential pre-departure information including getting around, accommodation, food and drink, health, the media, festivals, sports and outdoor activities, culture and etiquette, shopping and more - Background information: comprehensive 'Contexts' chapter provides fascinating insights into Japan, with coverage of history, religion, ethnic groups, environment, wildlife and books, plus a handy language section and glossary - Covers: Tokyo (and around); Northern Honshu; Hokkaido; Central Honshu; Kyoto and Nara; Kansai; Western Honshu; Shikoku; Kyushu; Okinawa You may also be interested in: Pocket Rough Guide Tokyo, Rough Guide Tokyo, Rough Guide Phrasebook: Japanese About Rough Guides: Rough Guides have been inspiring travellers for over 35 years, with over 30 million copies sold globally. Synonymous with practical travel tips, quality writing and a trustworthy 'tell it like it is' ethos, the Rough Guides list includes more than 260 travel guides to 120+ destinations, gift-books and phrasebooks.

Encyclopedia of Body Adornment

Author: Margo DeMello

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 0313336954

Category: History

Page: 326

View: 650


Alphabetically arranged entries discuss forms of body modification or adornment found throughout history and around the world, including background information and the theoretical, social, ethical, and legal issues surrounding each practice.

The Unlikely Detectove

Author: H. A. Bryant

Publisher: Harry Bryant Books

ISBN: N.A

Category: Fiction

Page: 431

View: 4876


After a successful investigation in the resort town of Kanazawa in Ishikawa Prefecture, Matt Kelly receives a request to go to Shinjuku and interview an exotic dancer who has had a personal item stolen from her. As Kelly investigates, he eventually uncovers evidence that indicates that the exotic dancer and the wife of a prominent professor both had a personal item stolen the same way. But the question before Kelly isn't necessarily who, or how, but why. ​ Many of the leads Kelly is chasing help him solve parts of the case, but others turn out to be phantoms. How can Kelly find out why someone is robbing these two women. ​ One thing leads to another and Kelly determines what the why is and he doesn’t like it. ​ This second installment of this thrilling Japanese series finds Matt Kelly embroiled in a conflict between an old adversary and a new one. At stake: Japan, Asia, and the world. Are these criminals part of the local yakuza or just lone wolf criminals or SOMETHING ELSE?

Mafia Life

Author: Federico Varese

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190868937

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

View: 6217


The Japanese Yakuza. The Chinese Triads. The Sicilian Cosa Nostra. The Calabrian N'Drangheta. The New York Mafia. The Russian Vory -v -Vakone.Today, mafias operate across the globe, with hundreds of thousands of members and billions of dollars in revenue. From Hong Kong to New York, these vast organizations spread their tentacles into politics, finance and everyday life. But what is it like to belong to the Mafia? How do you join? Whatdoes it do to your loved ones? How do you make it to the top? And what happens if you break the rules?Criminologist Federico Varese draws on a lifetime's research to give us access to some of the world's most secretive societies. Mixing reportage with case studies and historical insights, this is the story of mafia as it really is: filled with boredom and drama, death and disaster, ambition andbetrayal.Infiltrating initiation ceremonies from Russia to England, visiting exclusive gambling clubs in Macau and Mafia summits in Dubai luxury hotels, Varese builds up a unique picture of life in the mafia from the inside.

Down the Highway

Author: Howard Sounes

Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic

ISBN: 0802195458

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 560

View: 9092


The acclaimed biography—now updated and revised. “Many writers have tried to probe [Dylan’s] life, but never has it been done so well, so captivatingly” (The Boston Globe). Howard Sounes’s Down the Highway broke news about Dylan’s fiercely guarded personal life and set the standard as the most comprehensive and riveting biography on Bob Dylan. Now this edition continues to document the iconic songwriter’s life through new interviews and reporting, covering the release of Dylan’s first #1 album since the seventies, recognition from the Pulitzer Prize jury for his influence on popular culture, and the publication of his bestselling memoir, giving full appreciation to his artistic achievements and profound significance. Candid and refreshing, Down the Highway is a sincere tribute to Dylan’s seminal place in postwar American cultural history, and remains an essential book for the millions of people who have enjoyed Dylan’s music over the years. “Irresistible . . . Finally puts Dylan the human being in the rocket’s red glare.” —Detroit Free Press