What an experience! Totally unexpected we stranded over here and it was fabulous! Great service, excellent food, beautiful location! I really recommend it! A great addition to Bandol. The food was amazing and really authentic. Sushi packed with fish, melt in your mouth sashimi and perfect gyozas, it was all delicious and great value for money. A must visit for any japanese lover!
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With their extensive traditions and rituals rooted in the samurai era, the Japanese mafia, or yakuza , have long been the stuff of legend. The stories surrounding the yakuza include tales of bandits and professional warriors following strict codes of ethics and discipline. Today, this group is considered one of the most powerful and feared criminal organizations in the world. The yakuza are a patriarchal organization with strong fictitious familial ties. Prior to the passing of the Anti-Boryokudan law in , the yakuza was an anomaly in the world of organized crime. While similar to their mafia counterparts around the globe in that their primary sources of income were derived from illegal activities such as protection money, stock market fraud, and sex trafficking , the yakuza was not an underground organization.