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True glimpses of the underworld

A yakuza street fighter shows off his tattoo. © ANTON KUSTERS, 2011

A yakuza street fighter shows off his tattoo. © ANTON KUSTERS, 2011


Belgian photographers Anton and Malik Kusters recently published a book on the yakuza (the book’s already sold out). The Japan Times recently interviewed Anton about what inspired him to do the project and the experience he went through.

I thought it would be like in the movies. Basically, most people think they are a bunch of crazy tattooed gangsters running around the streets with swords killing each other every five minutes. But that image comes from what we see in the American pseudo-Yakuza movies. It does not show the Japanese perspective.

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