is a book by Japanese
doctor and author Junichi Saga (1991). It recounts a series of stories from the life of Eiji Ijichi, a former Yakuza
boss, as told to his doctor in the last months of his life. Though it is considered a novel, the stories it is based on are true.
The book starts with the teenage Ijichi running away from his family home in Utsunomiya
, to find a judge's mistress who he was having an affair with. The book follows Ijichi through his first job at a family coal merchants in the then district of Fukagawa
, his various mistresses and treatment for syphilis
, the 1923 Great Kanto earthquake
, his initiation into the gang that controlled gambling in the Asakusa
entertainment area, his various stretches in prison
, his overseas service in occupied Korea
in the 1920s, his rise to the boss of the gang, and his experiences during and after World War II
The book paints a colourful picture of life in Japan in the first half of the 20th century, the structure and customs of a yakuza gang, gambling sessions, prison and army life.
Eiji Ijichi: a dying Yakuza boss in his 70s, who recounts various stories from his past to his doctor.
Junichi Saga: Ijichi's doctor, who spent many hours with Ijichi over a... Read More