Yakuza Moon

Yakuza Moon : Memoirs of a Gangster's Daughter

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Born to a wealthy and powerful yakuza boss, Shoko Tendo lived the early years of her life in luxury. However, when she was six, everything changed: her father was jailed, and the family fell into debt. 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 bubbleshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 216 pages
  • 140 x 208 x 12mm | 358.34g
  • Kodansha America, Inc
  • London, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1
  • 1568364385
  • 9781568364384
  • 40,859

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"Emotionally complex and thoroughly heart-rending, this book is recommended for anyone searching for a more thorough and personal understanding of Japanese society." - Publishers Weekly"The first female ever to break the code of silence and speak about life for women in the underworld...her best-selling memoir shocked [Japan]... with its graphic accounts of her addictions to sex, drugs and violent lovers." -Marie Claire"[Tendo's] story...shines a light into a dark and little understood corner of modern Japan." -The Guardian"The book offers a rare woman's view of Japan's criminal underbelly." -The Independent"Much has been written about Japan's gangsterstheir full-body tattoos, boozing, womanizing, strict honor codes and occasional explosions of violence. Very little has been heard from their lovers, daughters or wives. Tendo has been all three." -Bloomberg"A chilling and tawdry tale about family life and romance among the yakuza." -The Wall Street Journal"A raw, heartbreaking account of damaged youth." -Bust"A thrilling memoir...an exclusive glimpse into a life rarely experienced firsthand." -Time Out Chicagoshow more

About Shoko Tendo

Yakuza Moon is SHOKO TENDO's first book and has been translated into more than a dozen languages. Tendo lives in Tokyo with her baby daughter and works as a freelance writer.show more