Marked Death of the Yakuza
mhikedocumentaries -- Jun 08
No criminal group in the world is more closely identified with tattoos than the largest: Japan's Yakuza, 80,000 strong. In this episode of Marked, we go deep into Japan's underground for an exclusive look at the stunning full body-suits of ink thatmark the skin of today's yakuza.

Hidden within the layers of spectacular imagery are secret codes that reach back far into Japan's bloody samurai history: violent warriors, images of hell, prostitutes, and a range of predators from tigers to dragons. Wehear from yakuza as they share stories of their criminal pasts, the significance of their tattoos, and the pain they experienced in getting most of their bodies tattooed the old fashioned way: by getting poked over and over again with needles fastened to the ends of sticks.

Master tattoo artist and former yakuza boss Horizen guides us through the intricate process of creating a traditional Japanese tattoo, or tebori, from scratch, demystifying this ancient craft in which everything, from making the ink to sharpening the needles, is done by hand.

Feb 27
Japanese police have arrested three boys on suspicion of murdering a 13-year-old junior high school student in Kawasaki City, near Tokyo. (NHK)
Feb 27
Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko have welcomed Britain's Prince William for lunch at the Imperial Palace. (NHK)
Feb 27
Officials at Japan's Internal Affairs Ministry say consumer prices rose for the 20th straight month in January. But the pace of increase is slowing down. (NHK)
Feb 27
The Supreme Court dismissed Thursday a lower court ruling that nullified suspensions and other disciplinary action against two male members of a company in Osaka due to sexual harassment in the workplace. (The Japan News)
Feb 27
Luxury marque Montblanc is to sell fountain pens made from a "miracle pine" tree that survived the 2011 tsunami, for a hefty $4,400, an official said, with just 20 percent of takings donated to local people. (AFP)
Feb 27
A Japanese railway company is trying to find out the cause of a glitch that affected ticket vending machines at more than 400 stations in and around Tokyo. (NHK)
Feb 27
A court here handed down suspended sentences on Feb. 27 to two Vietnamese who stole and ate goats that were kept in a park in Minokamo, Gifu Prefecture. (Asahi)
Feb 27
Prince William laid a floral tribute at the Commonwealth War Cemetery in Yokohama on Friday morning as he began a visit to Japan. (Japan Times)
Feb 27
Britain's Prince William is having afternoon tea on his first visit to Japan on Feb. 26, but it's green and served by a master in the Japanese ceremonial art in a traditional tea house. (Asahi)
Feb 27
In a crackdown on overcharging of customers, Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Wednesday announced the bust of two hostess clubs in Shinjuku Ward, reports TV Asahi (Feb. 25). (Tokyo Reporter)
Feb 27
Crown Prince Naruhito made an unexpected appearance outside the Imperial Palace on Feb. 25, surprising pedestrians as he jogged around the residence on a public running path. (Asahi)
Feb 27
The mobile phone records of a 13-year-old boy who was found fatally stabbed last week along the Tama River in Kawasaki show the Line messaging app was used to contact a former schoolmate just around the time he was killed, it was learned Thursday. (Japan Times)
Feb 26
Police in Osaka said Thursday they have arrested a 43-year-old man on suspicion of kidnapping a 13-year-old girl in Kagawa Prefecture. (Japan Today)
Feb 26
The body of a man has been found in a subway tunnel in Osaka, police said Wednesday. (Japan Today)
Feb 26
Being the unofficial patron saint of "natto" has proven to be sticky for Nebaaru-kun. The private-sector mascot for Ibaraki Prefecture was largely unknown until its appearance on TV last year, generating a buzz on the Internet with its eerie movements and high-pitched voice. (Asahi)