Rare footage, allowing to see the world from inside the yakuza
• Rare footage, allowing to see the world from inside the yakuza
Belgian photographer Anton Kusters many months been negotiating to get permission for the lighting world of Japanese gangsters, and eventually his request was granted. Kusters two years spent in the yakuza gang in Tokyo, where he made these unique pictures.
A member of the yakuza, Japan's largest crime group, shows his tattoos.
Yakuza member shows his tattoos.
The members of the yakuza, who inflicted insult the leader of the group, their fingers amputated to deserve forgiveness. They can also sacrifice his little finger to save the life of the youngest member of the group, who is facing death for insulting a senior.
Yakuza criminal group was formed in the 1600s. During this time inside the syndicate has repeatedly flashed a bloody war. Faction leaders buried honorably in luxurious tombs.
Yakuza is comprised almost entirely of men, but have in its ranks, and women called "ane-san" or "big sister".
Business Card yakuza - irezumi tattoos, which covered the entire body member of the group.
Every year, the yakuza earns billions of dollars. The funds come from the arms trade, pimping, gambling, drug trafficking and extortion.
Yakuza has a hard moral code.
In our time, the Japanese gangsters are moving away from the image of the killer tattooed with missing fingers. According to one expert, the tradition applied to the body tattoos are gradually dying out.
The attitude of society to the Yakuza and their role in culture change, but criminal gangs still as dangerous and influential.
Potential members of the yakuza are taught unarmed combat and meditation.
In Japan, there are nearly 100 thousand Yakuza, the majority of whom are men, who belong to a separate criminal group.
Yakuza conducts its activities in the cities of Japan, including Tokyo (pictured). Some yakuza engaged in illegal business abroad.
Yakuza traditionally found in public baths. It is a place where they can show off their tattoos and show that they have no weapons with him.
The bloody internal wars between the factions in the composition of the yakuza can last for years.
At the head of group should Oyabun ( "foster parent"), which distributes instructions kobunam ( "foster child").
In his last evening in the ranks of the Yakuza photographer Anton Kusters was invited to a strip club in Tokyo. In the photo: Stripper pulls teeth fake dollar bills from his pants yakuza member.