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Yakuza Moon: Memoirs of a Gangster's Daughter by Shōko Tendō
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However, when she was six, everything changed: Bullied by her classmates because of her father's activities, and terrorized at home by her father, who became a drunken, violent monster after his release from prison, Tendo rebelled. As a teenager she became a drug addict and a member of a girl gang. At the age of 15 she spent eight months in a juvenile detention center after getting into a fight with another gang. During Japan's bubble economy of the eighties, Tendo worked as a bar hostess, attracting many rich and loyal customers, and earning money to help her family out of debt.
But there were also abusive clients, one of whom beat her so badly that her face was left permanently scarred. Her mother died, plunging Tendo into a depression so deep that she tried to commit suicide. Somehow, Tendo overcame these tough times. A turning point was getting a full-body tattoo with a design centered on a geisha with a dagger in her mouth, an act that empowered her to change her life. She quit her job as a hostess. On her last day at work, she looked up at the full moon, which became a symbol of her struggle to become whole, and the title of the book she wrote as an epitaph for herself and her family.
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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. I absolutely love this book! As a lover of Japanese culture, especially the 'forbidden world,' this book provided insight of what a life was like for a gangster's family.
This book isn't about what a life is like for a yakuza This is about a woman's life as a yakuza's daughter as the title states , which was just as interesting to me. You can tell how much the yakuza lifestyle has affected Shoko's family and her own lifestyle. You can see how much her father's lifestyle haunted her in various ways. It's crazy how our families can cause create our path in life - at first, that is.
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Then you can see how Shoko overcomes her obstacles and created her own path. The way this was written was very straight-forward and raw. It was incredibly refreshing. Actually, I'm going to read this book again today! Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I enjoyed this accounting, although the writing style was very, very elementary. I want to attribute it to it being a translation but other than that the book was good, very raw, and very honest.
A lot of it was difficult to digest because of the graphic depictions of drug use, rape, and abuse toward Shoko but that didn't detract from the overall story.