If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be a yakuza boss’ daughter, Yakuza Moon: Memoirs of a Gangster’s Daughter is a must-read. The author, Shoko Tendo, tells her story with brutal honesty. We all know how big a role family plays in shaping one’s life, and it’s amazingly interesting to see how being raised by a volatile yakuza boss influenced Tendo’s. She had, to put it mildly, a crazy life from childhood &mdash bullied in school, addicted to drugs and sex and the yanki lifestyle as a teen, and stuck in a series of awful, awful relationships with horrible men throughout her teens and twenties. In this book, she does a great job of relating all these experiences back to her family, her upbringing, and the conflicting desires within her to have fun, to appease others, and to stick with her convictions.
This was a quick read &mdash shocking, but very good.A total eye-opener to a part of Japanese culture that all of us who have lived in Japan have touched upon but probably not given that much genuine thought to. Tendo is a great narrator and protagonist who is easy to like and admire despite her shortcomings. You should read it!
Yakuza Moon: Memoirs of a Gangster’s Daughter by Shoko Tendo [Amazon]