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A guide to the Japanese underworld, Japanese pop-culture, yakuza and everything dark under the sun.

Month: September 2021

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Live from the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Closing Ceremony

By Chihiro Kai (This article was completed 22:06) As I sit here in the Tokyo Olympic Stadium press section, the seats are vibrating from the music and bass blasting out…

My Brushes With the Yakuza – Reflections of Life in Akasaka, Tokyo

My first encounter with the ‘yakuza’ or the crooks and gangsters of Japan’s underworld, happened when I was 14 years old, on my way home from cram school. It was…