Yakuza

Koto Projects Yakuza

During the formation of the yakuza, they adopted the traditional Japanese hierarchical structure of oyabun-kobun where kobun (子分; lit. foster child) owe their allegiance to the oyabun (親分, lit. foster parent). In a much later period, the code of jingi (仁義, justice and duty) was developed where loyalty and respect are a way of life.

The oyabun-kobun relationship is formalized by ceremonial sharing of sake from a single cup. This ritual is not exclusive to the yakuza — it is also commonly performed in traditional Japanese Shinto weddings, and may have been a part of sworn brotherhood relationships.

During the World War II period in Japan, the more traditional tekiya/bakuto form of organization declined as the entire population was mobilized to participate in the war effort and society came under strict military government. However, after the war, the yakuza adapted again.

Prospective yakuza come from all walks of life. The most romantic tales tell how yakuza accept sons who have been abandoned or exiled by their parents. Many yakuza start out in junior high school or high school as common street thugs or members of bōsōzoku gangs. Perhaps because of its lower socio-economic status, numerous yakuza members come from Burakumin and ethnic Korean backgrounds.

Yakuza groups are headed by an oyabun or kumichō (組長, family head) who gives orders to his subordinates, thekobun. In this respect, the organization is a variation of the traditional Japanese senpai-kōhai (senior-junior) model. Members of yakuza gangs cut their family ties and transfer their loyalty to the gang boss. They refer to each other as family members – fathers and elder and younger brothers. The yakuza is populated almost entirely by men, and there are very few women involved who are called “nee-san” (姐さん, older sister). When the 3rd Yamaguchi-gumi boss (Kazuo Taoka) died in the early 1980s, his wife (Fumiko) took over as boss of Yamaguchi-gumi, albeit for a short time.

Yakuza have a complex organizational structure. There is an overall boss of the syndicate, the kumicho, and directly beneath him are the saiko komon (senior advisor) and so-honbucho (headquarters chief). The second in the chain of command is the wakagashira, who governs several gangs in a region with the help of a fuku-honbucho who is himself responsible for several gangs. The regional gangs themselves are governed by their local boss, the shateigashira.

Haha! I snuck a little history lesson on you already! This ‘little history lesson’ should help you to understand the general ranks of the Yakuza. So be sure to tell us what sort of rank/role you are requesting on your application! There are some big roles open currently on the sim however applying for a big role means you need to be a very avid role player and really show some talent on your application! We may ‘double cast’ a few ‘roles.’  If you are a Yakuza expert and you don’t feel like engaging in roleplay feel free to IM YumiMomoko Resident because we would love to have you teach a few OCC classes on the sim!

The clan compound is UP come check it out!! Check out our grate marketplace in town and you might just find the Yakuza sign up sheet! I’m currently working on some group yukata mens/womens that will be decorated with our mon that will be free to members! ^-^

This Yakuza group is going to be anchored in history and role play (we are considering ‘fighting’ huds currently for the entire sim) Koto Project is not just a ‘battle’ sim it is a Role Playing sim first WITH ‘battles.’

Personally I have always been fascinated by the Yakuza with its complicated inner social structure shrouded in the darkness and blood of the syndicate. If you are interested in learning more about the Yakuza, engaging in some amazing role play, getting to be the bad guys, kidnaping pretty girls, and kicking some samurai or ninja butt then hop on over to the Character Registration page and sign up because… WE WANT YOU TO JOIN! I hope to hear from you soon! Ja ne~

YumiMomoko Resident -Koto Project Admin

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