In a bold move to show how corrupt and tough they are, the Yamaguchi-gumi Yakuza group passed out sweets to children on Halloween. The handout was confirmed by shrine attendants in Kobe. The primary trick-or-treating location is a Shinto Shrine near the Yamaguchi-gumi headquarters in Kobe.
Halloween is an increasingly participated-in holiday in Japan. A few years back, you’d have to work pretty hard to find a single orange pumpkin to carve. And once you did find one, you’d be paying the equivalent of upwards of $50 USD. And once you carved it up, you wouldn’t really have any place to show it off. Your balcony?
Various English tutoring centers or English clubs (like…language clubs, not dance clubs that cater to English speakers/lovers, although they probably do this too) have costume parties. But there isn’t any real trick or treating or horror movie watching going on.
Everyone, of course, knows what Halloween is. But, like Columbus Day in the U.S., most people just sort of wave it off as a worthless holiday. And they go on about their business.
Well, that’s not the case with Japan’s largest Yakuza group. Those dudes bake cakes and gather up other sweets, head on over to the shrine…and in true Halloween spirit, pass those sweets out to the kids. Also in the Halloween spirit, they are probably plotting their own gangster tricks while they do it.
I’ve mentioned before how the Yak do all kinds of different stuff; all eggs are not in one basket. Even though they are running drugs and people into the country while moving all types of illicit goods (and services) out, they also get the stoplights running during earthquakes and sponsor youth sports leagues. Well, they also prepare treats for kids and hand them out on Halloween. And to show how serious they are about it, out of all the years they’ve done it, they’ve only ever canceled once: last year, due to the gang split.
So, just to add some spice to an already weird-ass dish…the largest (and arguably most powerful) organized crime group in the world bakes cakes and gives them to trick-or-treaters on Halloween.
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