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Old 01-21-2008, 11:20 AM
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Default Re: Yakuza

Well in some data, Yakuza were groups of Ronin or samurai/ninja who banded together. Most likely now these days they are called as thieves or gangsters. But back then could be compared to saviors or punishers to the people.
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They can't be samurai, as samurai are people in service of a lord. They would ALWAYS be ronin, samurai not in service of a lord for whatever reason. And ninja were really just samurai anyway (not some peasants from some mysterious mountain village.)

There were always criminals. Eventually they organised. Some hired ronin as bodyguards. Some smart ronin may have started his own little "clan". Some of those early oyabun may have been respectable businessmen by day who began with it because they were greedy or because they had problems with competition.
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Yakuza in feudal Japan often wore garish clothing and generally stood out from normal people. At this time, they also began using full body tattoos, or Irezumi. These styles of tattoos were largely unpopular with the majority of japanese people. It began to spread outside of Japan when foreigners, particularly the Dutch and Portuguese began having them done and taking them back to Europe.

There were originally 3 classifications for Yakuza in the Edo period:
Tekiya: those that were peddlers, or related to peddling. The government eventually recognised these as an organisation, and granted there servants surnames and the freedom to carry a sword. Essentially, Tekiya became traders that were allowed to have armed bodyguards.
Bakuto: these were gamblers. In the Edo period, gambling was illegal, but there were a few number of abandoned houses and temples used as gambling dens. These were often used as loan sharks again.
Baka: trained assassins. These were trained usually from a young age to silence their clients opponents. Often orphans, they had been abandoned by their families.
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