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Thesis Statement: Specifically, I will enlighten you on the following three customs of the Yakuza: (1) Sakazuki, (2) Yubitsume, and (3) Irezumi.

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James K Barath Thesis Statement: Specifically, I will enlighten you on the following three customs of the Yakuza: (1) Sakazuki, (2) Yubitsume, and (3) Irezumi. INTRODUCTION I. What was your first impression of when you saw me today? A) Well dressed. B) Overdressed. C) Member of one of the most dangerous and influential crime syndicates in the world? II. The international crime syndicate I am referring to is the Japanese mafia, better known as the YAKUZA. Yakuza has a connotative meaning "without worth for the society." Some would claim that the Yakuza were descendents from a class of gamblers and bandits, while others claim that they evolved from the samurai. ...read more.

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Specifically, I will enlighten you on the following three customs of the Yakuza: (1) Sakazuki, (2) Yubitsume, and (3) Irezumi. BODY To begin with, the Yakuza does not discriminate against potential members...for instance; they are 6 times the size of the Italian-American mafia (Kaplan, The Journal, 1991) I. SAKAZUKI -- "wine cups" (Kaplan and Dubro, 1986) A) Initiation ceremony (Slide) B) Exchange of sake cups symbolizes entrance ...Yakuza and the father-son relationship. C) Amount of sake poured into one's cup, dependent on status. (Slide) D) Done in front of Shinto alter, giving it religious significance. As a member, one is required to have 100% loyalty to the oyabun (the "father"). ...read more.

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B) 73% of the Yakuza have some form of tattoo. (Kaplan and Dubro, 1986) C) True form of irezumi would require... (Irezumi Exhibition at the Tattoo Museum) Completely done by hand, not machine. (Slide) 100+ hours Between 3 and 50 needles D) Full body tattoos proof of strength, courage, toughness and masculinity. (Slide) Illustrated unwillingness to accommodate to societies rules and norms. Showed loyalty, faithfulness, or solidarity as a member of the organization. CONCLUSION In conclusion, I hope that I have offered some insight into three major customs of the Yakuza: (1) Sakazuki - Initiation Ceremony (2) Yubitsume - Finger Cutting (3) Irezumi - Full Body Tattoo How you judge or interpret this information is up to you. I hope everyone enjoyed this informative speech. Thank you for your time and your undivided attention. ...read more.

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