Sunday, July 17, 2011

Odo Yakuza Tokyo

Have you ever actually seen what a Yakuza looks like?  Sure, we've seen the hollywood interpretation of what the Yakuza look like, but have never seen actual Yakuza doing the things they do.  That's because they live a life of secrecy, and haven't had any interest in showing the world their secret society.  Anton Kusters has a remedy for that, in that he has compiled essentially a photo essay in coffee table book form. Not that this topic would or should be interesting to everyone, but Anton has a great eye, and this book is packed full of tightly composed and beautifully wrought photos of the Yakuza.  The book is a personal visual account of the life inside a inaccessible subculture, being a traditional Japanese crime family controlling the streets of Kabukicho, in central Tokyo.  We're not sure how Anton pulled this off, but suffice to say that he and his brother were the only westerners to ever be granted this kind of access.  You can get the book here. More pics after the jump. 

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