Yakuza Moon: Memoirs of a Gangster's Daughter

Author(s): Shoko Tendo

vice + crime | memoir

Born to a wealthy and powerful yakuza boss, Shoko Tendo lived the early years of her life in luxury. However, when she was six, everything changed: her father was jailed, and the family fell into 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. As a teenager she became a drug addict and a member of a girl gang. At the age of 15 she spent eight months in a juvenile detention center after getting into a fight with another gang. During Japan's bubble


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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"The first female ever to break the code of silence and speak about life for women in the underworld...her best-selling memoir shocked [Japan]... with its graphic accounts of her addictions to sex, drugs and violent lovers. " Marie Claire[Tendos] story...shines a light into a dark and little understood corner of modern Japan." The Guardian"The book offers a rare woman's view of Japan's criminal underbelly." The Independent"Much has been written about Japan's gangsters - their full-body tattoos, boozing, womanizing, strict honor codes and occasional explosions of violence. Very little has been heard from their lovers, daughters or wives. Tendo has been all three." Bloomberg"A chilling and tawdry tale about family life and romance among the yakuza." The Wall Street Journal"A raw, heartbreaking account of damaged youth." Bust"A thrilling memoir...an exclusive glimpse into a life rarely experienced firsthand." Time Out Chicago

Yakuza Moon is Shoko Tendo's first book and has been translated into more than a dozen languages. Tendo lives in Tokyo with her baby daughter and works as a freelance writer.

General Fields

  • : 9781568364384
  • : Kodansha America, Incorporated
  • : Kodansha America, Incorporated
  • : October 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Shoko Tendo
  • : Paperback
  • : 216