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Yakuza Moon: Memoar seorang Putri Gangster Jepang

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  2,205 ratings  ·  268 reviews
“Bacaan yang sarat emosi dan menyayat hati. Buku ini direkomendasikan untuk siapa saja yang tengah mencari pemahaman mendalam dan personal tentang masyarakat Jepang.” –Publisher Weekly.com

“Dia terlahir sebagai putri yakuza, masa remajanya terjerumus ke dunia seks dan obat-obatan terlarang, lalu ditato di usia dua puluhan.... Tendo mengerti betul sosok seseorang yang pernah
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Paperback, 245 pages
Published 2008 by Gagas Media (first published 2004)
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Samir Rawas Sarayji
Under the title of this book is written Memoirs of a Gangster’s Daughter, so I figured I could now understand what a Yakuza is from someone within and, perhaps, I could finally separate fact from myth. However, early on, Tendo makes it clear that this book is about her and not the Yakuza. It would be harmful to the persons to divulge information about them, which she’ll avoid, or to talk about the workings of the Yakuza… right, I’m thinking the title is a marketing gimmick.

This is a first person
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Finn
I was really intrigued to read this book- a woman's account of the inner workings of the Yakuza, the first of its kind. Unfortunately perhaps, the memoir doesn't touch so much on the actual Yakuza, but rather Shoko Tendo explains how her father's early affiliation with the syndicate shaped the path of her life. Tendo is shockingly stubborn and proud and the decisions she made were arguably quite terrible but the reader maintains an affection for her- she is unapologetic and blunt. She doesn't gl ...more
Brigida Alexandra Marcella
Many speculations on life being a yakuza in Japan, but Shoko Tendo gives us the truth of Yakuza’s life, and especially on being a Yakuza head gang’s daughter. What you know and think about Yakuza and the overall of Japanese life and culture will change after you read this book.


This is an autobiography of Shoko Tendo who was born in the winter of 1968 in Japan. Though starting her life in a fabulous childhood, Shoko was treated her unfairly since she was a daughter of a yakuza father, in the comm
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Betty
I read this book in one go; considering I have never done that before, it says a lot for the intensity and breathtaking reality of the memoir. Though relatively short, it packs a powerful punch, an amazing debut. I was drawn into her story until I felt I was a part of it. The essence of a good writer is to be able to make that connection between reader and character, and Shoko Tendo has certainly done that. Way out of my usual genres, I was completely absorbed in her heart-wrenching memoir, an e ...more
Mel
hidup adalah pilihan. begitu yang sering disebut. kebetulan belakangan saya juga sedang sering ditemani lantunan beberapa lagu dari album james blunt yang salah satunya menyebut sedikit soal itu. ...give me reason but don't give me choice.. cause i'll just make the same mistake...

meracau. tapi sudah bukan hal aneh kalau kita kerap kali dapat mengambil pilihan yang salah. terlepas dari benar salahnya pilihan itu sendiri, saya menganggap 'reasons', pertimbangan, dibalik tiap keputusan akan satu p
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Janet Ramirez-crespo
The book was pretty good, but it wasn't the greatest book I've read. Shoko had a past where it was sex,drugs, and rock n' roll. Everything ended when her dad got sick, and everything went down hill with her and her family. I think this book reminds me of the waitress by Atmosphere, because there's people that have always had a rough life, and as much and har you work there's never going to a day where you can catch your breath. The ending on the song ends " maybe i should of been a better father ...more
rebelsofie
Kejujuran, itulah yang dipilih Shoko Tendo untuk melukiskan kisah hidupnya melalui buku ini. Justru dengan kejujuran lah, membuat buku ini begitu mudah untuk dicerna dan dipahami. Bahkan di bagian-bagian yang vulgar atau penuh dengan adegan kekerasan, buku ini tetap seru untuk dinikmati.

Gaya bercerita Tendo-san yang lugas dan apa adanya, membuat kita menarik diri untuk ikut mengalami peristiwa demi peristiwa yang dialami oleh Shoko. Tulisannya yang sederhana dan apa adanya ini, tidak membuat ki
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Stephan van der Linde
Personally I think this has barely anything to do with Yakuza.
Shoko is the daughter of a yakuza-boss, but I couldn't really conclude this from what she wrote about her father.

Just Seems to weak for me.

Tendo made some bad decisions in her life which brought her into problems.
In my opinion quite stupid decisions in drugs, bad boyfriends and this repeats a few times.

Tendo was looking for trouble, gets trouble and therefore this autobiography about her tough life.

Maybe a bitter review from me, a
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Yudhipapap
Nov 19, 2008 Yudhipapap rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Yudhipapap by: Anna
Biografi yang enak dibaca menurutku adalah otobiografi yang mampu mendeskripsikan puluhan tahun perjalanan hidup seseorang kedalam (sebuah) buku. Dan Shoko Tendo berhasil merangkum perjalanan hidupnya dengan sangat manis pada buku pertamanya ini. Kepahitan hidupnya yang dipaparkan sungguh memberikan pemaknaan yang luar biasa indah, menyakitkan yang memuaskan..begitu pemahaman saya setelah membacanya.

Kekerasan fisik yang dialaminya serta ketergantungan dirinya akan seks, narkoba dan kehidupan ke
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Imari Jade
A Book Review: Yakuza Moon: Memoirs of a Gangster’s Daughter

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Imari Jade


Overview:

Born to a wealthy and powerful yakuza boss, Shoko Tendo lived the early years of her life in luxury. However, when she was six, everything changed: her father was jailed, and the family fell into debt. Bullied by her classmates because of her father's activities, and terrorized at home by her father, who became a drunken, violent monster after his release from prison, Tendo rebelled. As a teenager she became a drug
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Connie Wong
Kalau kau merasa hidupmu penuh dengan kesedihan, kau harus membaca buku ini, untuk sekedar tahu bahwa apapun penderitaanmu, itu bukan apa-apa.

Ada yang mengira kalau kehilangan orangtua ketika masih kecil itu hal yang pantas untuk diratapi. Padahal jauh lebih menyedihkan mempunyai kedua orangtua lengkap, tapi keduanya tidak berfungsi dan hidupmu tidak lebih baik dari anak-anak liar yang tidak punya orangtua.

Saya belajar dari buku ini bahwa jika surga ada di telapak kaki ibu, seperti kata banyak o
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Christel Lim
The author has been through so much pain and suffering in life. She details them in her book well enough to get the reader to understand what she went through.

Towards the end of the book the I can infer that the author hopes of a better tommorrow. But at the same time, the spiritual bondages, soul ties and body ties have clearly not been broken. It seems that she still has these strong ties and bad memories that haunt her.

Unfortunately, what the author does not realise are that these soul ties,
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S.
Yakuza Moon/Shoko Tendo 2006

I'm going to err on the side of generosity and give this pretty short, but punchy 3.6 or 3.7 work the full 4.0. to some degree this is a question of rarity of experience, and then the whole "daring bad" rather than "boring good" tradeoff that I explore in the LADY AND THE MONK entry by Pico Iyer. finally if this crsed bluetooth keyboard hopefully doesn't completely joke out.... hmmm... that would be good

so this is the sort of thing. this isn't absolute perfection. Jun
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monica ♪
I just remembered that I have read this book long long time ago before I even know there's goodreads. haha

I love this book. The true story about Yakuza and their lives told from Yakuza's daughter POV.
You'll see all the secrets bout Yakuza and will know how hard it is when your family is a Yakuza.

There are many heartbreaking moments but there's also heartwarming moment in this book.

If you curious about Yakuza in Japan then you should read this book.
Kerlip Bintang
Tadinya kupikir akan menemui banyak hal yang menakjubkan dalam buku ini selain: jaringan narkoba, kelompok yakuza, dan free sex di usia dini. Karena dari judulnya saja sudah dipastikan bahwa buku ini berkisah di seputaran itu. Jadinya alur cerita cepat menguap dari kepalaku dalam beberapa hari aja.

Aku kasih tambahan satu bintang (jadi 3 bintang), setelah membaca bab penutup yang dituturkan oleh penulisnya sendiri. Shoko Tendo. Salut karena dia berani untuk menuturkan aib masa lalunya dan berani
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Viyanthi Silvana
Reading this book yesterday was slapping me on my face! This incredible woman named Shoko Tendo really brave to un-leash her darkest moments in life. Change into better person in age 32 years old to become a freelance writer.

She is a yakuza leader's 2nd daughter. Became a Yanki in 12, un-virgin on 13, Thinner addict, Heroin grabber on 14, become a slut since she was 16-17 and being Number 1 hostess in her 32 years old when she got retired...

All the abusive loves, the blood, the misery, the usele
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Marie
Easy read, the translation was well done I thought, although I'm sure there are many details that were lost in it.
I loved the idea of looking inside the yakuza world through the eyes of one of the daughters rather than having an ex yakuza talk about his life. Things were much more detailed and raw I felt. Being able to explore how harmful a lifestyle is for the family that is born from it was also very interesting.
Shoko is charming in her honesty and integrity to keeping the details right. Eve
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Sachiko
What a crap of a book. I have a bad childhood so I turned into a bad person blah blah kind of story. Yakuza, drugs, hostess life with no exciting twist or moral story to inspire or motivate the readers. I ended up skipping pages.
Jerome Cristoffer
The only book or story that I've ever read with as much engagement as I had with Yakuza Moon was Plato's story of his teacher's death. Yes, The Trail and Death of Socrates. The contents are of two different worlds. One story recalls events from the mid twentieth century with focus on a female character who is brought up in an environment filled with gangsters which implies violence, drugs and sex. The other story told from a realm where an innocent man, the father of Western philosophy, is conde ...more
Stephanie
Yakuza Moon by Shoko Tendo is the memoir of a Japanese gangster's daughter.
I enjoyed this book since it was interesting and since the narrator was very straightforward about the decisions she made, which were very unwise at times. I enjoyed this even though it made the book sad; reading about the consequences of her decisions was difficult as they became increasingly harsh. It was also interesting for me to see her viewpoint on her relationship with her family as well as her other relationships,
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Mary Langley
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Yes there were some flaws but overall it was a touching story that resulted in a few tears, particularly towards the end. The author, Shoko Tendo, grew up in a loving but sometimes troubled home led by her father, a Yakuza. Due to being an 'outcast' in her community and particularly school life, she quickly turned to drugs, violence and sex. From here, much of her early adult years are spent dealing with violent men and troubling financial problems, both her own a ...more
Karya
Jepang, tempat yang suatu saat pingin aku datangi. Dengan kulturnya yang kelihatan ribet banget, akhirnya aku baca buku ini, biografikah? Nggak tahu juga, yang pasti alasan awalku membaca buku ini untuk mengetahui lebih tentang kehidupan gangster ala Jepang tanpa bosen. Pokoknya yang penusannya nggak berat-berat banget.

Nggak usah review dalemnya deh takutnya nanti saya nggak sengaja spoiler isi buku. Yang pasti nggak nyesel baca buku ini, penceritaannya detil walau kupikir ada detil-detil yang n
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Katerina
I was really excited to read this book. In fact I read it within 5 hours. But, I was slightly disappointed. The title led me to believe that the book would be dealing with the ins and outs of the Japanese mafia. I was surprised to see that this was not the case. Many things were not explained in the book. Such as why Taka had to cut his pinkie off. I had to seek help from Google.
Another thing that let me down is the fact that the book suddenly stops. We know that Tendo is a single mother to a b
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Kenya Wright
This just wasn't that good. It was written pretty badly because she's not a writer. I wanted to learn about her life and living in Japan. Instead I get a laundry list of crappy things that have happened to her and the people around her. Additionally with so much bad shit happening and no relief, it ended up being a BORRRRRING read.

Janelle
Like many have said, the summary to this book is mis-leading. It does not give the reader much insight at all into the Yakuza world, so if you pick it up out of an interest in that subject, you will be disappointed. What you will instead be reading is the story of a woman who's childhood was affected by her father's criminal activities, of the path this warped childhood eventually lead her down, and of the strength she exhibited in righting her life. Although I wasn't impressed with her writing ...more
Sylwia
I read 143 out of the 179 pages of this book.

What I liked about it: a quote that stood out to me on page 79 that will become a huge part of my inner narrative from now on, the strength of the author both during her story and while sharing it, how certain passages and chapters were engaging, and how she wrote the triggering scenes in a detached way that allowed the reader not to experience the trauma but still be aware of it.

Why I didn't give it a higher rating: it reminded me too much of others
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Vivienne
I read the graphic novel of Yakuza Moon. The author Yoko remained sympathetic throughout, despite the depictions of rape, drug addiction and violent. Her blunt voice and unwillingness to glamorize her life came through strongly in the comic text. My only criticism is that many of the male characters looked remarkably similar (all slim with chiseled jawlines and a cropped haircut) meaning they were easy to mix-up. I'm unsure whether they were intended to look like Yoko's dad, but it might have he ...more
Javiera
This book somehow wasn't what I expected. Even if it gives you an insightful vision about how it is to grow up in the yakuza world, for someone who already has investigated a bit about the subject, doesn't give you anything new or shocking.

However, while I continued on my reading, I realized that Yakuza Moon it's not about knowing about how this world works, it's about to realize that there's more realities that, even if they're so unknown for us, doesn't mean that doesn't exist .They might be
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Reba
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Sally Boyer
I read this book a couple months ago now and while the details are not fresh, I do retain a strong impression. The author is honest and doesn't glamorize her descent into the world of abusive sexual relationships and drug addiction. It's ugly and she illustrates that clearly. Coming from Japan, this shocked me.

Japan, as seen through the eyes of a Westerner, is a place of cleanness, even sterility. It's orderly and free of crime. It's safe and everyone is happy. Although I don't completely subscr
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With her dyed-brown long hair and tight designer jeans, Shoko Tendo looks like any other stylish young Japanese woman -- until she removes her shirt to reveal the vivid tattoos covering her back and most of her body. The elaborate dragons, phoenixes and a medieval courtesan with one breast bared and a knife between her teeth are a symbol of Tendo's childhood as the daughter of a "yakuza" gangster ...more
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“When I got home, I took a bat and examined my back in detail in the bathroom mirror. This tattoo would be for myself and no-one else. It wasn’t just because I was about to end my relationship with Iro, it was because I wanted to make some serious changes deep down inside me… My torso - my back and front – and my shoulders, breasts, and upper arms were decorated with a vibrantly coloured work of art. I knew it had been the right thing to do… When I looked at that beautifully crafted tattoo, I was filled with a sense of total contentment I had never experienced before. I felt as though I had been set free.” 8 likes
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