Memoirs of A Gangster's DaughterBook - 2006
Tiny, frail, and beautiful, it is hard to believe the hardships endured by 37-year-old Shoko Tendo. One of four children born to a wealthy and powerful yakuza boss, Tendo lived the early years of her life in luxury. When she was six, her father was sent to prison, and the family fell into terrible debt. Bullied by her classmates because of her father's activities, and terrorized at home by her father who became a drunken, violent monster after his release from prison, Tendo rebelled. From the age of 12 she started going to nightclubs with her elder sister, becoming a drug addict and a member of a girl gang. In the nineteen-eighties, during Japan's bubble economy, Tendo started working as a bar hostess, attracting many rich and loyal customers, and earning money to help her family out of debt. But there were also abusive clients, one of whom beat her so badly that her face was left permanently scarred. Her mother died, plunging Tendo into a depression so deep that she twice tried to commit suicide. Somehow, Tendo overcame these tough times. A turning point was 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, an act that empowered her to start making changes in her life. She started going to makeup school to learn how to hide the scar on her face. This is the powerful and moving story of one woman's struggle against discrimination and hardship to create a better life for herself, and a fascinating insight into the closed world of Japan's yakuza society.
Publisher: Tokyo : Kodansha International, c2006
Edition: 1st pbk. ed
Branch Call Number: 364.1060854 TEN NVD
Characteristics: 195 p.,  p. of plates : ill., ports. ; 22 cm
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