So, I was coming back from hanging out with a couple friends and shopping for sour cream, passing through the train station when I saw three men huddled very close to each other. As I got closer, I saw that the two on the outside were supporting the one in the middle. They were in their 50’s-60’s (it’s a little more difficult for me to tell ages with Asian people), and wearing suits, which isn’t unusual. But the one in the middle was really struggling to walk straight. So, as I was walking by, I thought to myself, those are really nice guys, helping out their friend to walk and get on the train safely.
They are in the yakuza! And that man borrowed money from them and played one too many games of pachinko! With this in mind, he was subjected to beatings that left him unable to walk by himself, and to send a message to anyone else who might try to take advantage of the Yakuza, they walked him to the train in solemn ceremony. I couldn’t see if they didn’t have their pinkies, but I’m sure if I could have looked more closely, I would have seen just a little stub of a finger left on their hands.
So, this is what has become of my life. I have turned into a regular Northanger Abbey. Alright, so after I developed this conclusion, I looked back and the men were very sweetly stopping and letting their friend rest and gather himself before they continued walking on. Oh well.
I remember meeting some ex yakusa guys one time in San Diego. They had given their lives over to God and were evangelizing around the city with interpreters. Pretty amazing pinkie-less guys… Maybe that guy just had to much sake to drink? 😉
@thetentguy – I’m sure it was nothing major. 🙂 Just funny how your mind thinks of different things. Yeah, I have a friend from Tokyo who heard an ex-yakuza guy share his testimony and that’s how he got saved. Pretty cool how God can pull you out of anything to bring you to Him.
Hello Ms. Sarah,You made your site so simple yet elegant. I see that you noticed signs of thriving organized crime! That’s the kind of world that we live in now. Fortunately, it isn’t going to stay this way much longer! I want to help people to really get to know God and His plans for us, especially in these troubled times, such as this plan: “…And you will destroy all who have caused destruction on the earth.” (Revelation 11:18) (New Living Translation)