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Yakuza tattooed | by Lil [Kristen Elsby]
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Yakuza tattooed

The Sanja Matsuri (festival) at Senso-ji Temple is one of the very few times that Japanese yakuza will come out so openly in public, baring their spectacular tattoos for all. This day also brings out the Japanese photographers who are all juggling to get the best vantage point (and I was one of them one that day). This man is standing atop a mikoshi (portable shrine), carried by up to 60 members of his group.


Asakusa, Tokyo, 2001

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Taken in May 2001