sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Friday, June 5, 2009

One way to apologize

Yubitsume is the favored method for a member of the Yakuza (Japanese organized crime) to apologize. The choice of hand has to do with the level of screw up. Intentional offenses require a joint from a finger of the right hand while unintentional offenses call for a joint from a finger of the left hand to be cut off. The word Yubitsume means "finger shortening".

Today with the Yakuza on the decline some rehabilitated criminals are buying prosthetic finger components to replace those cut off for the sake of honor during their lives of crime.

The Yakuza tattoos are a different matter. Once worn with impunity, some bath houses now prohibit those with criminal tattoo patterns from entering public baths (and polite society).

Motorcycle Gang Comparisons

Those of you who know me, know that I worked in law enforcement in an undercover capacity in a motorcycle gang for two years. I was one of the one-percenters. The wreched refuse of society who scared little children (my own) when I roared by the house on the Harley Davidson.

Things are a little different in Japan...

Japanese Gang Bike

I remember seeing my first Japanese motorcycle gangster. He was one of a gang who was visiting the USA. 

He had tattoos, he had the jacket with the three-piece patch, he sported a foo-manchu beard and he didn't smile. He was bad, he was big and he was ready to take anyone down. However there was one thing wrong with the picture. On the jacket was a patch. The patch read, "Hi My Name is Yoshi".

Harley Davidson