Confessions of a Yakuza
A tale of murder and unexpected compassion, the author of Memories of Silk and Straw recounts the true-life saga of one of the last traditional gang bosses in Japan.
“Vivid and accurate."
—Los Angeles Times
“A wonderful storyteller with a variety of unusual experiences.”
—Washington Post Book World
“Packed with colorful details and insights, told straightforwardly without machismo or exaggeration.... Important and entertaining.”
“This is the kind of history that rarely gets recorded.... Interesting, candid, and honest.”
—Far Eastern Economic Review
“Memories of pain and pleasure ... a witness to the past.”
“Fascinating ... and most of the fascination comes from his delight in explaining how things worked-gang hierarchy, the relationship between the police and the mob, the organization of fambling sessions and of prison life.”
“Compelling ... big-hearted.”
—International Herald Tribune
About the Author
Dr. JUNICHI SAGA is a medical doctor with a general practice in Tsuchiura, Ibaraki Prefecture, on Lake Kasumigaura. He began taping this elderly patients’ reminiscences about thirty years ago when he realized what a wealth of detail and information they contained. He has published numerous works of local history and ecology, two of which are available in English: Memory of Silk and Straw and Memories of Wind and Waves. In his spare time he does ink painting.