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.

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Feb 12
The balance of the government's debts amounted to ¥1.04 quadrillion at the end of 2015, down by ¥9.83 trillion from three months before, the Ministry of Finance said Wednesday. (the-japan-news.com)
Feb 12
Plum trees are reaching full bloom one month earlier than usual at a renowned garden in Osaka. (NHK)
Feb 12
People across Japan held events and rallies on Thursday to support or oppose a national holiday honoring the country's founding. (NHK)
Feb 11
The Yokohama District Court sentenced a 19-year-old youth on Wednesday to nine to 13 years in prison for murdering a 13-year-old boy in Kawasaki in February last year. (the-japan-news.com)
Feb 12
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Feb 12
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Feb 12
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Feb 10
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Feb 10
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Feb 10
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Feb 10
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Feb 09
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Feb 09
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