"Yakuza (ヤクザ or やくざ), also known as gokudō (極道), are members of traditional organized crime syndicates in Japan. The Japanese police, and media by request of the police, call them bōryokudan (暴力団), literally "violence group", while the yakuza call themselves "ninkyō dantai" (任侠団体 or 仁侠団体), "chivalrous organizations". ... " http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yakuza

"Yakuza (ヤクザ or やくざ), also known as gokudō (極道), are members of traditional organized crime syndicates in Japan. The Japanese police, and media by request of the police, call them bōryokudan (暴力団), literally "violence group", while the yakuza call themselves "ninkyō dantai" (任侠団体 or 仁侠団体), "chivalrous organizations". ... " http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yakuza

This is an example of a 'Bakuto' which were illegal gamblers.The formation of the Yakuza is shrouded in mystery however it is believed that they were a combination 'Bakuto' and 'Tekiya'. The 'Tekiya' where peddler who sold shoddy poorly made goods(MS).  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Zatoichi_017.jpg

This is an example of a 'Bakuto' which were illegal gamblers.The formation of the Yakuza is shrouded in mystery however it is believed that they were a combination 'Bakuto' and 'Tekiya'. The 'Tekiya' where peddler who sold shoddy poorly made goods(MS). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Zatoichi_017.jpg

Ichi the Killer (2001, Japan)  As sadomasochistic yakuza enforcer Kakihara searches for his missing boss he comes across Ichi, a repressed and psychotic killer who may be able to inflict levels of pain that Kakihara has only dreamed of.

Koroshiya 1 (2001)

Ichi the Killer (2001, Japan) As sadomasochistic yakuza enforcer Kakihara searches for his missing boss he comes across Ichi, a repressed and psychotic killer who may be able to inflict levels of pain that Kakihara has only dreamed of.

yamaguchi-gumi - Google Search  (HY) This group, or family was created in 1915 and is the biggest Yakuza family. It has more than 55,000members divided into 850 clans.

yamaguchi-gumi - Google Search (HY) This group, or family was created in 1915 and is the biggest Yakuza family. It has more than 55,000members divided into 850 clans.

Yakuza often take part in local festivals such as Sanja Matsuri where they often carry the shrine through the streets proudly showing off their elaborate tattoos.

Yakuza often take part in local festivals such as Sanja Matsuri where they often carry the shrine through the streets proudly showing off their elaborate tattoos.

1946, Tokyo, Japan ~ A Japanese tattoo artist works on a Yakuza gang member

ANCIENT ART OF THE JAPANESE TEBORI TATTOO MASTERS

saejima yakuza 4 | Trouble seems to follow the hardboiled Taiga Saejima wherever he goes ...

saejima yakuza 4 | Trouble seems to follow the hardboiled Taiga Saejima wherever he goes ...

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