By Shoko Tendo
Yakuza Moon is the surprising, but intensely relocating memoir of 37-year-old Shoko Tendo, who grew up the daughter of a yakuza boss. Tendo lived her lifestyles in luxurious until eventually the age of six, while her father was once despatched to criminal and her family members fell into poor debt. Bullied via classmates and terrorized at domestic via a father who turned a drunken, violent monster after his unlock from legal, Tendo rebelled. a typical customer to nightclubs on the age of 12, she quickly grew to become a drug addict and a member of a woman gang. At 15 she was once sentenced to 8 months in a juvenile penal complex.
maturity introduced massive greenbacks and glamour whilst Tendo set to work as a bar hostess in the course of Japan's booming bubble economic system of the nineteen-eighties. yet between her many wealthy and constant buyers there have been additionally abusive consumers, one among whom beat her so badly that her face was once left completely scarred. whilst her mom died, Tendo plunged into this kind of deep melancholy that she attempted to dedicate suicide twice.
Tendo takes us during the undesirable instances with heat and candor, and provides a relocating and encouraging account of the way she overcame a life of discrimination and trouble. Getting tattooed, from the bottom of her neck to the information of her feet, with a layout established on a geisha with a dagger in her mouth, was once an act that empowered her to begin making alterations in her lifestyles. She hand over her task as a hostess. On her final day on the bar she seemed up on the complete moon, a sight she by no means forgot. The moon turned an emblem of her fight to develop into entire, and the identify of the booklet she wrote as an epitaph for herself and her kinfolk.