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Yakuza (part 2 of 2)

Posted July 3rd, 2015 at 04:36 PM by Offspring
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Traditions and customs

Some members have tattoos of dragons, Chinese goddesses or various symbols of powers. These are usually located on their backs or shoulders. They often tattoo the emblems and signs of the groups they are part of. It can take up to 100 hours for a back tattoo to be done, which is why it became a symbol for resistance to pain. Initially, the tattoos were representing the...
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Yakuza (part 1 of 2)

Posted July 2nd, 2015 at 06:10 PM by Offspring
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The origins of Yakuza

The history of Yakuza has its origins in the Tokugawa era (1603-1868), which began when Ieyasu Tokuwaga unified Japan

After a long period of civil war, 500,000 samurais became unemployed. Many of them became merchants, but some, called “ronin”, became thieves or used other illegal measures to support themselves.

People called “machi-yokku” defended the cities from ronins. They were simple men who organized themselves...
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The Story of Sun Wukong, the Monkey King

Posted September 23rd, 2013 at 07:05 PM by ghostexorcist
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The Story of Sun Wukong, the Monkey King

By Jim R. McClanahan

One of the most famous primate characters in world literature appears in the great Chinese classic Journey to the West (西游记, Xiyouji, 1592 CE). The story follows the adventures of Sun Wukong (孙悟空, a.k.a. “Monkey”), an immortal rhesus macaque demon-turned-Buddhist monk, who gains extraordinary power from long years of spiritual cultivation and rebels against...
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Japan impressions, May/June 2011 Part 3 (end)

Posted October 8th, 2011 at 07:47 AM by Stephy
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Everytime I take the train to Yokohama I think “damn I need to go here more often”, Tokyo and Yokohama have become one giant metropolis, there are actually no free spaces “in between” the cities that would announce to you that the city you were entering the train just ended and that you will enter a new one soon.
It’s shorter and cheaper to get to Yokohama from Ebisu than to many of the suburbs of Tokyo.
However once you exit the train in Yokohama you realize that you are indeed...
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Japan impressions, May/June 2011 Part 2

Posted October 8th, 2011 at 07:45 AM by Stephy
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My “Fish of the day” lunch in Ginza. Looks very fancy pansy, which fits Ginza of course.
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My “Caprese” at a Roppongi Hills restaurant….. well….after 3 years you get used to the small portions… I still tear and was of course still hungry after this.
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Lunch with one of my friends...
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