A Story About Sitting Next to a Scary Yakuza

A Story About Sitting Next to a Scary Yakuza

Key Takeaways

  • Yakuza have a fearsome reputation in Japan, but they are still human beings
  • It can be scary sitting next to a yakuza, but they won’t necessarily harm you
  • Remain polite and don’t stare to avoid trouble
  • Yakuza operate by a code of honor and won’t attack innocent people

My Scary Encounter with a Yakuza

I was riding the subway in Tokyo when an imposing, tattooed man sat down next to me. Based on his appearance, I could tell he was likely a member of the yakuza, the Japanese mafia. My heart started racing and I broke out into a cold sweat. I had heard stories about how violent and ruthless the yakuza can be. Here I was, sitting just inches away from one of them!

At first, I avoided making eye contact and tried to sit perfectly still. I was afraid that any sudden movement might provoke him. But as the minutes ticked by, nothing happened. We just silently sat side by side as the train rattled along.

After a while, my fear subsided a bit and I risked a glance in his direction. He was intently reading a manga magazine, looking just like any other passenger. I started to calm down and realize he wasn’t going to hurt me.

Key Things to Keep in Mind

When encountering a yakuza, here are some tips to stay safe:

  • Remain polite and deferential – Show proper manners and don’t do anything to offend them.
  • Don’t stare or gawk – Yakuza value their privacy and don’t like to be gawked at. Avoid eye contact.
  • Stay calm and quiet – Don’t panic or act rashly. Keep quiet and let them be.
  • Don’t pick fights – Whatever you do, don’t pick fights or provoke them in any way.
  • Don’t take photos – Absolutely do not take photos or videos of them, as they see it as disrespectful.
  • Be aware of surroundings – If you see yakuza around, it’s best to avoid the area and leave quickly and quietly.

Yakuza Honor Code

While the yakuza are involved in organized crime, they actually operate by a strict code of honor. Key points:

  • They avoid harming innocent civilians who don’t provoke them.
  • They take responsibility for any crimes committed by their members.
  • They avoid petty or random violence. Attacks usually have a reason behind them.
  • They make money through illegal enterprises but avoid more extreme crimes like drug trafficking.
  • They cultivate a image of being respectable and gentlemanly.

So in most cases, innocent bystanders have little to fear from the yakuza, provided they follow the tips above and avoid causing offense. While intimidating, they are still human beings.

My Final Impressions

After my initial fear subsided, I actually found the yakuza man to be perfectly civil. When he got up to exit the train, he politely muttered “Excuse me” before standing. The encounter made me realize that the yakuza aren’t just scary criminals, but operate by a code of honor. While I wouldn’t seek them out, I learned that with proper etiquette, I could safely share a subway car with a yakuza.

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