Memoirs of a Gangster's Daughter
With New Author Foreword and 16 Pages of Stunning Photographs
A shocking yet intensely moving first-person account of one woman's experience of growing up in Japan’s yakuza society.
Born into the family of a wealthy yakuza boss, Shoko Tendo lives her early years in luxury. But labeled “the yakuza kid,” she is the victim of bullying and discrimination from teachers and classmates at school, and of her father's drunken rages at home. The family falls into debt, and Tendo falls in with the wrong crowd. By the age of fifteen she is a gang member, by the age of eighteen a drug addict, and her twenties are marked by a series of abusive and violent relationships with men.
After the death of her parents and her own attempt at suicide, Tendo turns her life around. A pivotal moment is the decision to get tattooed: an act of empowerment that helps her take control of her life.
This is the universally appealing story of a young woman's successful struggle to escape from a life of ostracism and abuse, and a rare glimpse into Japan's closed yakuza world from an insider's viewpoint.
Yakuza Moon, Shoko Tendo's heartbreaking memoir, has been translated into more than a dozen languages. Tendo lives in Tokyo with her baby daughter.
Praise for this best-selling memoir from the worldwide press
“Raised with strict ideas of honor, [Tendo] was both spoiled and scolded by the tattooed men who frequented her family home. In response she joined a gang, took drugs and became the lover of several gangsters before near-fatal beatings and drug overdoses convinced her to change her life.”—Reuters
“Tendo . . . hails from a section of Japanese society that most of her compatriots would rather did not exist. Her story . . . shines a light into a dark and little understood corner of modern Japan.”—The Guardian
“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
About the Author
Yakuza Moon is SHOKO TENDO’s first book. She lives in Tokyo with her baby daughter, and works as a freelance writer.