Because of the high turnover within yakuza gangs, a lot of former gangsters were Demukai is an important rite of passage to the yakuza, a symbol that the. Yakuza also known as gokudō (極道, "the ultimate path"), are members of transnational on the "business" side of the Yakuza. Logo for the video game series Notable members : Principal clans Yamaguchi-. The Yakuza - with years of violence to their credit - is the oldest and most . Several mafia gangs have their own symbols, like the rhombus-shaped pins. Lead character Kono Kalakaua's husband Adam Noshimuri was the former head of the Yakuza who took over after his father Hiro Noshimuri died. Dies und der wirtschaftliche Abschwung Japans in den er Jahren schädigte den Einfluss und die Einnahmen, worauf die Banden ihre Methoden wiederum anpassen mussten. It was formed from split from Dojin-kai in and remained active until on June 11, , when the senior members of the Kyushu Seido-kai said that the gang was disbanding to rejoin the Dojin-kai after resolving the problems the dispute had caused. The places themselves, as well as the bakuto , were regarded with disdain by society at large, and much of the undesirable image of the yakuza originates from bakuto ; this includes the name yakuza itself ya-ku-za , or , is a losing hand in Oicho-Kabu , a form of Baccarat. The majority of designs in yakuza tattoos focus on Japanese mythology and history. Dieser Artikel behandelt die japanischen Yakuza-Organisationen; für weitere Bedeutungen siehe Yakuza Begriffsklärung. The Edo government eventually formally recognized such tekiya organizations and granted the oyabun leaders of tekiya a surname as well as permission to carry a sword [ citation needed ] —the wakizashi , or short samurai sword the right to carry the katana , or full-sized samurai swords, remained the exclusive right of the nobility and samurai castes. Kokusui means Japanese nationalism. Yamano means the surname of the boss. Stoecker , Louise I. Kumamoto means the name of place and rengo means coalition. Perhaps because of its lower socio-economic status, numerous yakuza members come from Burakumin and ethnic Korean backgrounds. Kind-hearted criminals or monsters in suits? Despite this widening trend of tattoos among non-yakuza, they still carry a significant stigma in Japanese society. Born in Torino, Italy in , Romano followed his passion for all things artistic by studying fine arts before settling on tattoo art as his favorite medium. Only when the apprentice is a competent artist may they begin practicing tattoo art, often on themselves. Other traditional Japanese designs that feature in yakuza tattoos are lotus flowers and cherry blossoms, tigers and elemental symbols.