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#228140 - 02/10/06 07:54 PM Re: Gangs [Re: elly12]
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My wife is from Okinawa and says most tend to wear long sleeves to cover thier tatoos, and PDB could honestly have spokne to someone with tatoos, not necessarily Yakuza. I lived in Osaka for 2 year 4 block from the America Village and the one time they were pointed out to me, they were a very well dressed group. My brother-in-law told me the bars they frequented were owned by usually owned by one of the bosses and pretty nice. PDB could have gone into one of the bars and spoke with what we (americans) like to call a wanna-be! Sometimes this happens. I myself have never spoken to such people, although I lived and worked Japan for 10 years.

Let's just say I know for sure who I was talking to.

By the way for those who don't know already, "onsen" means hot springs, and in Japan, when you go to a hot spring you don't wear anything, so whether or not they are well dressed in public is irrelevant (though they do tend to dress well).

Other telltale yakuza traits are the white mercedes with tinted windows and steering wheels on the left hand side. It's really not that hard to find yakuza.

I don't get the mystique about them or why people think they're really rare. They're all over the place if you look for them. I specifically sought them out because I had some questions.

We have yakuza here in Vancouver too.

#228141 - 02/10/06 09:28 PM Re: Gangs [Re: paradoxbox]
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and ninja's are more common than people think too....they drive black volkswagons and never use turn signals.

#228142 - 02/11/06 03:41 AM Re: Gangs [Re: Ed_Morris]
Cord Offline

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Seeing Ninja on the street doesnt concern me, itw when you dont see them that its time to get nervous
Don't let the door hit ya' where the good lord split ya'

#228143 - 02/11/06 07:25 PM Re: Gangs [Re: paradoxbox]
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You are right about that Vancouver deal, and you know that there are those wanna bes out there too. Tell me you didn't run into a few before you got the real deal!! You know they have their version of small time thugs that work with them as well!! Don't worry I do know onsen.
A. Ellis-Tsuhako

#228144 - 02/11/06 07:43 PM Re: Gangs [Re: Cord]
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Now Cord, you know that is an excessive use of the faces. Oh wait, maybe you won't get edited like I did cuz you are a mod...
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#228145 - 02/12/06 08:14 AM Re: Gangs [Re: traz]
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May I ask the source of your knowledge, paradox?

*paradox takes off left glove and shows pinkyless hand*

lol, just thought I'd note that this made me laugh :P

Go seek the advise of a qualified instructor.

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