Monday, April 18, 2016
Yakuza are members of organized crime syndicates in Japan. Some of these hardened gangsters tire of the criminal life and want to return to mainstream society but one thing stands in their way. Yubitsume is the ritual self-amputation of the little finger performed as an act of contrition by yakuza who have transgressed. The missing digit marks them as criminals forever.
This is where Yukako Fukushima comes in. She works at works at the Arte workshop in downtown Osaka, run by the prosthetic and welfare firm Kawamura Gishi and makes flawless replacement digits for yakuza who who want to go straight.