Festival Yaks

Yaks posing for a photo at the Sanja-Matsuri in Asakusa.

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  1. qjphotos
    qjphotos says:

    To Liam:

    You can often see Yakuza at Japanese festivals. Traditionally, they’ve been very open about their identities, and their punch perms and full-body tattoos make them easy to identify. I was quite surprised to find a magazine about yakuza that listed the addresses of all their headquarters, and I had a friend in Sapporo who had a business card that was given to her by a yakuza. They also used to wear pins with their gang’s crest on them the same way that salary men wear company pins on their suits.
    Due to crackdowns by the government, many gangs have been going underground, have stopped cutting off their pinkies, wear more normal clothes and abandoning their punch perms, but some, like the ones in this picture are still very open.

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