Yakuza Moon

Memoirs of a Gangster's Daughter

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Publisher Description

Yakuza Moon is the shocking, yet intensely moving memoir of 37-yearold Shoko Tendo, who grew up the daughter of a yakuza boss. Tendo lived her life in luxury until the age of six, when her father was sent to prison, and her family fell into terrible debt. Bullied by classmates who called her "the yakuza girl," and terrorized at home by a father who became a drunken, violent monster after his release from prison, Tendo rebelled. A regular visitor to nightclubs at the age of 12, she soon became a drug addict and a member of a girl gang. By the age of 15 she found herself sentenced to eight months in a juvenile detention center.

Adulthood brought big bucks and glamour when Tendo started working as a bar hostess during Japan’s booming bubble economy of the nineteen- eighties. But among her many rich and loyal patrons there were also abusive clients, one of whom beat her so badly that her face was left permanently scarred. When her mother died, Tendo plunged into such a deep depression that she tried to commit suicide twice.

Tendo takes us through the bad times with warmth and candor, and gives a moving and inspiring account of how she overcame a lifetime of discrimination and hardship. Getting tattooed, from the base of her neck to the tips of her toes, with a design centered on a geisha with a dagger in her mouth, was an act that empowered her to start making changes in her life. She quit her job as a hostess. On her last day at the bar she looked up at the full moon, a sight she never forgot. The moon 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.

Biographies & Memoirs
May 1
Kodansha USA
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Lori Fernandes ,

Must read!

I’ve been trying to find this book for the about 15/16 years. First time I heard about it it was in a rebel phase myself when I read the interview in a magazine. Back then, it wasn’t a Portuguese version. I don’t know why but I never forgot the name, and then today I was looking for something new to read and I came across this book. It took me only 6 hours and it’s been one of the most intense readings I’ve ever done. It’s a must read, a fantastic and raw book beyond explanations. I really hope She found her way in the world. She’s a Survivor.

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