Confessions of a Yakuza: A Life in Japan's Underworld -- Bookring

by John Bester, Junichi Saga | Biographies & Memoirs |
ISBN: 4770019483 Global Overview for this book
Registered by totoroandmei of Fukuoka / 福岡市, Fukuoka-ken Japan on 3/24/2007
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Journal Entry 1 by totoroandmei from Fukuoka / 福岡市, Fukuoka-ken Japan on Saturday, March 24, 2007
Picked up on Tell and Sell Japan.

Will send out as a ring if there is enough interest.

Vikki - Japan, International
nut - UK, international
Kera - UK, International
Regiina - Portugal, International
Sudokugirl - Bosnia-Herzegovina, International
okyrhoe - Greece, International (place after sudoku)
Chaichan - US, US
Skinglist - US, US
passiontoread - US, International
xxprettyinmetal - Australia, International
totoroandmei - Japan

Journal Entry 2 by totoroandmei from Fukuoka / 福岡市, Fukuoka-ken Japan on Sunday, April 01, 2007
Supposedly I live in "The Yakuza Capital of Japan" so this was very interesting.

Released 12 yrs ago (4/7/2007 UTC) at Postal Release in Sent To The Next Bookcrosser, Bookray -- Controlled Releases

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Happy travels!

Journal Entry 4 by Vikki from Aomori / 青森市, Aomori-ken Japan on Saturday, April 21, 2007
Arrived yesterday - thanks!!

Journal Entry 5 by Vikki from Aomori / 青森市, Aomori-ken Japan on Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Very interesting.

Will send onto Nut when I have their address.

Journal Entry 6 by nut from Kilkenny City, Co. Kilkenny Ireland on Monday, July 16, 2007
Well, the Yakuza were certainly a lot more respectable than I thought!

Funny timing - this book arrived just a few days after I arrived back from a trip to Japan. We popped into Kabuki-cho, where I saw a number of people who looked like they could be Yakuza.

Have requested Kera's address.


Edit 17/10/07 - did anyone see this link?: Did Bob Dylan Lift Lines From Dr. Saga?

Journal Entry 7 by nut from Kilkenny City, Co. Kilkenny Ireland on Wednesday, August 01, 2007
Went into the post on Saturday.

Journal Entry 8 by Kera from Brixham, Devon United Kingdom on Friday, August 10, 2007
Received in the post the other day but have only just had chance to get online and register that the book is with me, I will be starting this book next and can''t wait

and thanks nut for the little Japanese woman she is so cute!

Journal Entry 9 by Kera from Brixham, Devon United Kingdom on Monday, August 13, 2007
I really enjoy reading books that give me an insight to the way things used to be in Japan - and this book was no exception, I really enjoyed the way the book was written and how the story progressed.

Thanks for sharing this book with me, am today sending off for regiina''s address and this book will be off in the post as soon as this is received :)

Journal Entry 10 by Regiina on Friday, August 17, 2007
It arrived yesterday... it''s always a nice surprise. Thanks, Kera

Journal Entry 11 by Regiina on Sunday, October 14, 2007
The book will travel to sudokugirl tomorrow. Thanks for sharing this and sorry it tool soooo long to read it.

Journal Entry 12 by sudokugirl from Sarajevo, Sarajevo Bosnia-Herzegovina on Saturday, November 24, 2007
Arrived safely this morning. Thanks for shipping, Regiina.

Journal Entry 13 by sudokugirl from Sarajevo, Sarajevo Bosnia-Herzegovina on Sunday, December 16, 2007
This was very interesting. Thank you for sharing, totoroandmei.
Sent to okyrhoe.

Journal Entry 14 by okyrhoe from Athens - Αθήνα, Attica Greece on Monday, January 14, 2008
Arrived in my p.o.box today. I look forward to reading this.

(Kodansha, along with Charles Tuttle, is one of the publishing firms whose books I am always looking for. They have very good translations in English of Japanese books, and it is nice to see that Kodansha is now bringing out 'unorthodox' titles such as this one.)

Journal Entry 15 by okyrhoe from Athens - Αθήνα, Attica Greece on Sunday, February 17, 2008
I thoroughly enjoyed this book!

There is a certain 'naturalness' in the account of the dying man, and also in the narrative style of the author who is at once transcribing and re-telling the story. The author maintains a distance, and allows the subject of his book to tell his own story the way he wants to say it.

There are times when one wonders why a certain detail is worth mentioning, but every little item weaves its way into the whole picture eventually. The good times, the proud times, the painful times, the cruel times, they all come together into a unique portrait of an age and a man aware that his familiar world is going going gone.

Journal Entry 16 by chaichan from Brooklyn, New York USA on Friday, February 22, 2008
The book arrived today. Thank you, Okyrhoe, for the beautiful postcards.

Perfect timing to get a book with a picture of a man walking in Japan with an umbrella as it snows. Today I spent the morning walking around a Japanese garden (in Brooklyn with umbrella) while it snowed.

Journal Entry 17 by chaichan from Brooklyn, New York USA on Monday, March 17, 2008
The book brought back a lot of memories of run-ins with yakuza in different parts of Kyushu. I wish I had read it while I was still living in a neighborhood full of yakuza bosses.

The book is so well-crafted, it makes me wonder if the story is true as it claims to be, or a beautifully realized fiction. Thank you for another great book, Totoroandmei!

Contacting Skinglist to mail the book on this week.




Journal Entry 18 by SKingList from New York City, New York USA on Saturday, May 31, 2008
Thanks chaichan/totoroandmei

always were some interesting yakuza moments near denden town in Osaka so it will be interesting to see what this book makes me think of. Thanks also for the postcard, chaichan -- I bet I know what garden you were walking through. Did you go to Sakura matsuri there last month?

Journal Entry 19 by SKingList from New York City, New York USA on Sunday, June 22, 2008
I liked the story here, although the translator's writing style didn't capture the story as well as I thought I might have. I can feel the narrator's growing interest and "education", as it were, of this other world. Totoroandmei, thanks for sharing!

Have PM'ed passiontoread for an address and it will go as soon as I have it

Journal Entry 20 by SKingList at bookring, Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Friday, August 01, 2008

Released 11 yrs ago (8/2/2008 UTC) at bookring, Bookring -- Controlled Releases

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Sendng off to the next participant

Journal Entry 21 by passiontoread from Coopersburg, Pennsylvania USA on Friday, August 08, 2008
Received safe and sound. Thanks for passing on. I have one book ahead of this one. I'm anxious to start reading it!

Journal Entry 22 by passiontoread from Coopersburg, Pennsylvania USA on Friday, September 05, 2008
A very interesting book and I enjoyed it! Thanks for sharing. Contacting the next in line to get the book traveling again.

Journal Entry 23 by passiontoread from Coopersburg, Pennsylvania USA on Saturday, November 01, 2008
Mailed and on it's way home to Japan. Thanks!

Journal Entry 24 by totoroandmei from Fukuoka / 福岡市, Fukuoka-ken Japan on Sunday, December 28, 2008
Back home. Thanks everyone for participating. I am thinking of where this book will go next.


Journal Entry 25 by totoroandmei at By Mail, A RABCK -- Controlled Releases on Monday, January 26, 2009

Released 11 yrs ago (1/26/2009 UTC) at By Mail, A RABCK -- Controlled Releases

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