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極道語(Yakuza Terms). #1. What is a yakuza pineapple?


Apr 15, 2009

It’s a hand grenade! Pretty poetic, don’t you think? I heard the term last week when a cop was discussing a series of incidents in Fukuoka Prefecture in which the trucks of a landscape gardening company had grenades tossed inside them while the drivers were away, none of which exploded.
It seems like a very evocative word for those little instruments of mass destruction. Of course, I probably seemed like an idiot asking, “Why would yakuza throw fruit inside a truck? Does a pineapple have some sort of cultural significance?”
Sometimes a pineapple is just a pineapple; sometimes, it’s a grenade.

2 thoughts on “極道語(Yakuza Terms). #1. What is a yakuza pineapple?”
  1. Hi Jake !

    I am writing a book on the Yakuza game series and I wanted to know if there are any specific terms for the second tier and third tier groups in the yakuza group structure ?

    Thank you so much for your time and help !

    Best Regards,

    1. 一次団対 
      Some groups have a more lateral structure. The Yamaguchi-gumi tends to follow a pyramid. Allegedly there were even 4th tier groups at one time but that’s sort of an academic point.

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